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Mad Not Mad is the sixth album by the British ska band Madness, released in 1985. It was their only album not to feature founder member Mike Barson, who had left the group the year before.

Only a few weeks after its release, the writers of NME included this LP on their list of the 100 best albums of all time. The band themselves have been less satisfied with the album. In a BBC Radio 1 interview in 1993 Suggs described Mad Not Mad as "a polished turd" (referring to its glossy 1980s over-production).

ContentsEdit

 [hide*1 Track listing

Track listing[edit]Edit

  1. "I'll Compete" (Daniel WoodgateLee Thompson) - 3:21
  2. "Yesterday's Men" (Chris ForemanGraham McPherson) - 4:37
  3. "Uncle Sam" (Foreman, Thompson) - 4:16
  4. "White Heat" (Smyth, McPherson) - 3:47
  5. "Mad Not Mad" (Smyth, McPherson) - 4:10
  6. "Sweetest Girl" (Green Gartside) - 5:47
  7. "Burning the Boats" (Foreman, McPherson) - 4:31
  8. "Tears You Can't Hide" (Smyth) - 3:08
  9. "Time" (Smyth) - 4:18
  10. "Coldest Day" (Foreman, Clive Langer, McPherson) - 4:24

In 2009 and 2010, Madness re-released their entire back catalogue of studio albums up until 1999's Wonderful with a bonus CD and extra tracks.

2010 re-release[edit]Edit

CD 1[edit]Edit

  1. "I'll Compete"
  2. "Yesterday's Men"
  3. "Uncle Sam"
  4. "White Heat"
  5. "Mad Not Mad"
  6. "Sweetest Girl"
  7. "Burning the Boats"
  8. "Tears You Can't Hide"
  9. "Time"
  10. "Coldest Day"

Bonus tracks:

  1. "Yesterday's Men" (Extended Version)
  2. "Uncle Sam" (Ray Gun Mix)
  3. "Sweetest Girl" (Extended Mix)
  4. "(Waiting for) The Ghost Train"

CD 2[edit]Edit

B-sides:

  1. "Yesterday's Men" (Demo Version)
  2. "All I Knew"
  3. "Yesterday's Men" (Harmonica Version)
  4. "Uncle Sam" (Demo Version)
  5. "Please Don't Go"
  6. "Inanity Over Christmas"
  7. "Sweetest Girl" (Dub Mix)
  8. "Jennie (A Portrait of)"
  9. "Call Me"
  10. "Maybe in Another Life"

DVD[edit]Edit

The Promo Videos:

  1. "Yesterday's Men
  2. "Uncle Sam
  3. "Sweetest Girl"
  4. "(Waiting for) The Ghost Train"

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (1985) Peak

position

Total

weeks

Swedish Albums Chart[2] 42 1
UK Albums Chart[3] 16 9

Personnel[edit]Edit

Additional personnel
  • Roy Davies – Piano
  • Judd Lander – Harmonica
  • Luís Jardim – Percussion
  • Tom Morley – Computer Supervision

[1]Back inlay of Mad Not Mad album.*Gary Barnacle – Horns

  • David Bedford - Strings and MD
  • Rupert Bowden – Strings
  • Bill Benham – Strings
  • Belinda Blunt – Strings
  • Trevor Ford – Strings
  • Rusen Gunes – Strings
  • Adrian Levine – Strings
  • Basil Smart – Strings
  • Afrodiziak – Backing Vocals
  • Jimmy Chambers – Backing Vocals
  • Jimmy Helms – Backing Vocals
  • Jimmy Thomas – Backing Vocals
  • Clive Langer – Production
  • Alan Winstanley – Production
  • Matt Howe – Associate Production
  • Mark Saunders – Associate Production
  • Richard Sullivan – Associate Production

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