If You're Not In The Mood To Dance. Step Back Grab Yourself A Seat. This May Not Be Uptown Jamaica. But We Promise You A Treat.
Before they abandoned their trademark "Nutty Sound" for a more pop appeal, Madness were the closest thing to traditional ska that the UK had. Well, for a bunch of white boys anyway. August 27, 1979 saw the group record their very first appearance on John Peel's BBC radio show and while some may consider the arrangements fairly straightforward, I would argue that there nonetheless is a definite spark evident on this 4-song e.p. Confident in their abilities, Madness displayed the very songwriting talents that would later land them on the UK pop charts for the better part of a decade. For your listening (dis)pleasure:
Madness: The Prince (live Peel Sessions)
Madness: Bed And Breakfast Man (live Peel Sessions)
Madness: Land Of Hope And Glory (live Peel Sessions)
Madness: Stepping Into Line (live Peel Sessions)
And because it was requested last week:
The English Beat: I Confess