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Madstock! is a live album by ska/pop band Madness, released on 2 November 1992. The album includes highlights from Madness' first concerts since their disbanding in 1986, on 8 and 9 August 1992 at Finsbury Parkin London. The bill included Flowered UpGallon DrunkIan Dury and The BlockheadsMorrissey and Madness. At the Saturday show, Morrissey wrapped himself in a Union Jack flag, attracting a group of right-wing types to gather close to the stage. This controversy ended up garnering more attention than the re-union of Madness.

The full concert was released on a corresponding video, but both the album and video are now out of print, But is available in the box-set A Guided Tour Of Madness as a DVD. The concert became a biennial event being held again in 1994, 1996, and 1998 (this last Madstock is available on DVD). In December 2008 the band announced that they would be staging a 5th Madstock concert in 2009 to celebrate their 30th anniversary held on 17 July in Victoria Park, East London.

The album reached #22 in the UK album charts.[2] "The Harder They Come", a cover of the Jimmy Cliff song, was released as the only single off this album and reached #44 in the UK charts.

Track listing[edit]Edit

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "One Step Beyond"   Cecil Campbell 3:29
2. "The Prince"   Lee Thompson 2:32
3. "Embarrassment"   Thompson, Mike Barson 3:17
4. "My Girl"   Barson 2:57
5. "The Sun and the Rain"   Barson 3:24
6. "Grey Day"   Barson 4:59
7. "It Must Be Love"   Labi Siffre 3:38
8. "Shut Up"   Graham McPhersonChris Foreman 3:28
9. "Driving in My Car"   Barson 3:22
10. "Bed & Breakfast Man"   Barson 2:28
11. "Close Escape"   Thompson, Foreman 2:52
12. "Wings of a Dove"   McPherson, Carl Smyth 3:16
13. "Our House"   Foreman, Smyth 3:31
14. "Night Boat to Cairo"   McPherson, Smyth 3:43
15. "Madness"   Campbell 3:10
16. "House of Fun"   Thompson, Barson 2:52
17. "Baggy Trousers"   McPherson, Foreman 2:38
18. "The Harder They Come"   Jimmy Cliff 5:44

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