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"One Better Day" is a song by British band Madness from their 1984 album Keep Moving. The song was written byGraham McPherson and Mark Bedford.[1] The song was released as a single in the UK, and spent 7 weeks in British charts peaking at number 18.[2]

The single was a last minute choice, as "Victoria Gardens" from the same album was originally slated to be the album's second single.[2] The remixed version of "Victoria Gardens" intended for the A-side was instead included as a bonus track on the 12" single. The substitution was likely made to avoid releasing two consecutive singles with Carl Smyth as lead vocalist, following the disappointing (by their standards) sales of "Michael Caine" and widespread rumours that Suggs was about to leave, or had already left, the group. This was the last single under the Stiff Records label, before the band's creation of their own label, Zarjazz Records.[2] The B-side "Guns" was McPherson's first solo writing credit and meant that all seven members of the group had been credited with at least one solo composition.


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Music video[edit]Edit

As the single was the final release under Stiff Records, the label did not want to film an accompanying music video, and the band had to fund it themselves.[2] Mike Barson flew from Amsterdam especially to be a part of the video.[2] The resulting music video was filmed in Arlington Road, just outside "Arlington House". Incidentally, "Arlington House" is the first line of the song, and was a local homeless refuge, one of the Rowton Houses.[2]

Most of the video shows the band members as homeless people, except a few clips showing them performing the song. It also shows Suggs dancing with his wife Bette Bright, who plays a homeless woman in the video.


In addition to its single release and appearance on the album Keep Moving, "One Better Day" also appears on the Madness collections Divine Madness (a.k.a. The Heavy Heavy Hits), Utter MadnessTotal MadnessThe Business andOur House: the Best of Madness. It did not appear on any of the band's US compilations.

Formats and track listings[edit]Edit

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "One Better Day".

  • 7" Single
  1. "One Better Day" (McPherson/Bedford) - 4:06
  2. "Guns" (McPherson) - 3:14
  • 12" Single
  1. "One Better Day" (McPherson/Bedford) - 4:06
  2. "Guns" (McPherson) - 3:14
  3. "Victoria Gardens" (Smyth/Barson/Smyth) - 4:01
  4. "Sarah" (Thompson/Madness) - 3:43

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (1984) Peak




UK Singles Chart[3] 17 7

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