BioAt the tail-end of last year The Dangermen played a handful of super-secret gigs at Camden’s Dublin Castle performing classic and little known ska cover versions. The energy and excitement of the band’s early days playing sweaty shoeboxes in Camden was magically recaptured, reminding all that were lucky enough to be in attendance that The Dangermen remain one of the best live bands in the country. It was obvious from this moment that The Dangermen’s take on the music that inspired them should be captured on record and V2 jumped at the chance to be involved.
Who are The Dangermen you may ask. If you hadn’t already guessed, it’s Madness. Sneaking into Camden and shaking things up once again. And they will be back to do more gigs soon.
It’s not as if Madness have been idle over the years. Since 1994 the band have been wowing the masses with their "Madstock" gigs every now and again. From filling Finsbury Park, (where the infamous Morrissey flag-waving incident took place) to selling out Wembley Arena year after year. It was at last year's Wembley show the band threw a few cover versions into their set such as Desmond Dekker's "The Israelites". The crowd loved it, the band were inspired and the Dangermen were born.
What can you say about Madness that hasn't already been said before? Formed in 1976 (originally as The Invaders), the band went on to become one of the most successful bands of the 80s with a run of classic hit singles (and videos) rarely matched by any artist today – Madness spent more weeks on the charts in the 80s than any other group.
Since this time, temporary personnel changes and side projects aside, Madness have continued to be home for seven individuals inextricably bound to decades of musical hearts. The band celebrated the end of the century with yet another top 10 single "Lovestruck" from the album Wonderful and in 2002 the acclaimed musical "Our House" (featuring the songs of Madness) won an Olivier Award for Best New Musical – an ultimate critical accolade for the timeless song-writing that sound-tracked generations past and present.