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Because ska was still largely unknown to mainstream America in 1982, 'Our House' fell like an atomic bomb and sent people scurrying for anything Madness-related they could get their hands on. The success of this single cannot be overstated. Despite its pop-like qualities, it revitalized interest in ska overnight and Sire practically fell over themselves to release this eponymously-named recording, or as we affectionately called it, the 'Eight-Ball Album.'
In addition to tracks from their 1st, 3rd, and 4th records, this collection also contains the superb and hard to find 'House of Fun,' the brilliant cover of the sixties classic, 'It Must Be Love,' and of course, 'Our House.'
I remember seeing the vespa riding/trenchcoat wearing skinheads during my first year of high school, failing to connect them to the music I had been listening to for the last couple years. Such is the life of a pre-teen, I suppose, but it also goes to show that music is just that, music, and more than a lifestyle. Even a nerdy kid like myself, one without any sense of the lifestyle two-tone represented, could enjoy Madness.
And I did. Immensely.Read more ›
Made up of tracks from the first, third, and fourth albums, plus two single tracks, this is a decent compilation. While not as definitive a one-disc overview as "Complete Madness", all the songs are good selections, and give you a good idea of this unique band's range and depth; and for American buyers, it's cheaper than the imports. A good place to start.
OK, OK, I'll get back to the CD. I enjoy the overt British influences in Madness, the up-beat tempo, and fun that exudes from the CD as it spins. It sounds like the group really enjoyed themselves as they worked.
Great fun. 5 stars!
Rock, pop, ska with a few little jazzy touches, this album is pleasant enough, but it's not enough to keep me coming back to it. The album makes the grade as a decent recording, but it doesn't make rock history. Get it if it's cheap like I did or don't bother. You won't really have your life impacted with or without it.
In fareness, they aren't for everyone. My wife can't stand any of the songs. But the sames things I like about the Madness attitude are what bug her about me! Ha Ha!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you like Madness, you'll really enjoy this CD. You don't have to skip any songs; they're all good!Published 13 months ago by kpwalterjr
My first Madness purchase...I had a copy of it on vinyl as a kid. This is the perfect starting point for this band and also a good collection for the car. Read morePublished on July 24, 2014 by James Sewell
Wow, awesome CD. It has every song that you want from Madness. This is a fun CD and it has everything in one place. Great for sitting in trafic, it lowers the GRRRR level! Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Beverly Kellerman
Great Cd, even after all these years and the best thing is- it's so inexpensive to buy years later. All great tracks
on this disc. Read more
When it comes to the legendary Madness, there are two titles that come to mind. 1) One Step Beyond- This album is sacro-sanct! Read morePublished on September 23, 2008 by euroyankee
I first heard of madness when I was a little kid; I watched the very fist ever "Al TV" on MTV, hosted by WEIRD Al Yankovic, and he played a video for a song called House of Fun. Read morePublished on November 26, 2007 by guy that reviews stuff