Monday Madness

Hold up on that triple caffeinated crapaccino… I need to check out the Monday earworm.

Work sucks.  I know that.  You know that.  Everyone knows that.  But being broke sucks even more.  And you know what sucks even worse than that?  Not being able to get your week started without your forgotten blast from the past that’s the best part of waking up!  Yes, Monday isn’t all suckage… because that’s also the day The Nest brews up another eye opening lost tune to get you up and at ’em straight out of that burnt coffee carafe we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  Today’s earworm was handpicked by DJ Scratchy, and the Sponkies guarantee it will be good to the last note.  It’s time to fill your ears to the brim

One of the recurring themes of the Dusty Vinyl Archive is artists who were much, much bigger in the UK than in America.  It’s no secret that that the same country we rebelled against 240 years ago has also been our biggest importer of chart topping hits that have become a staple of our red, white and blue pop culture.  Sometimes, however, a shipment of British music setting sail for the colonies hits an iceberg and sinks in the middle of the Atlantic, or gets held hostage in Boston Harbor by a bunch of teabaggers dressed as Indians for Halloween…

I guess they’d prefer to listen to Paul Revere and the Raiders.

Such a fate apparently happened to the early 80’s ska band Madness.  Yes, we all know and love their 1983 #7 hit “Our House,” and we like to slap the One Hit Wonder label on the band in our very arrogant American way.  But that is oh so wrong.  Madness was YUGE in the UK, and they should have been sensations in this hemisphere as well… but apparently the US wasn’t ready for ska sounding bands until the 90’s.

The Madness song I like best also happens to have been their biggest hit in Britain, and naturally never even sniffed the US charts.  Here is their 1982 song that made it to #1 in the UK, “House of Fun!”

“House of Fun” is a cute and catchy ditty about coming of age, with a video done in the typically quirky style of the band.  The song really is a whole lot of fun, and it’s a shame that other than the occasional MTV/VH1 Classic play it received, we Yanks completely missed out on this one…

At least we had the Weebles House of Fun…

If the only House of Madness you are aware of is “Our House,” then I’d also suggest you check out their songs “Baggy Trousers,” “It Must Be Love,” and the truly fucked up “One Step Beyond” (Which got critiqued on an early episode of Beavis and Butthead)…

I’ll be back with even more lost madness next Monday…


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28 Responses to Monday Madness

  1. love it… and what a timing… 10 minutes ago there was Our House in tv ;o) I liked thios guys and I think they deserved more attention… at least more than a beaver… ;o)

  2. fanrosa says:

    Ha! I soon as I saw Madness, I knew you were going to rant about the ol’ faux-OHW….. Don’t know why but I actually liked this video a lot. I think it was around the time I was watching movies like 10 Rillington Place and The Butcher Boy so I was into the set decoration and all.

    Meanwhile, whenever I hear the title, I automatically think of CS&N. Go figure……

    • Didn’t Eckrich sausages use that song in their ads in the 80’s? That’s one of those oldies I heard for years in TV commercials without ever knowing it was a real song that used to get played on the radio. And I keep thinking this was the title of the Mary Jane Girls song too, but that was a different pronoun…

  3. Oddly enough, I don’t recall the song, but I do remember that video – probably because I had MTV or VH1 on all the time. Also probably because it was such a zany video. It still makes me laugh. Those three guys in house-dresses dancing inside the store are a hoot. Reminds me of Monty Python.

  4. Piglove says:

    I must live under a rock. Not even an inkling of remembering that one. Not even from daddy who lived during the dinosaur age. XOXO – Bacon

  5. ody N biskit…..heerz one neither uz ore de food gurl ree callz……will give it a listen later !! ☺☺♥♥

  6. Hmmm……not familiar……..I may have been under the same rock as Bacon’s Mom and Dad (tee hee).


  7. “Our House” is the only one I heard of, but I like the song a lot and wouldn’t have at all minded more songs like it. Pity about that.

  8. One of my favorite bands. House of Fun, One Step Beyond. All great. Thanks for the memories.

  9. Must have been living in a cave back then (or more likely studying for a final or something) because I have no recollection of this group. A fun selection this week though-thanks for sharing of tunes other than obvious hits.

    • That was why I started this feature up! I see a lot of the same old music everyone already knows get talked about, but I like to be the spotlight for the songs that slipped through the cracks….

  10. Trisha says:

    The 80’s were so weird!

  11. Wow. That was too much fun. I had no idea they had a full career full of other fun songs.

    • I discovered a lot of their songs that weren’t big in America from watching VH1 Classic in its heyday a decade and a half ago. If you didn’t already, make sure to check out One Step Beyond. The more I listen to it, the more I think I should have featured that one instead…

  12. Madness are brilliant. They’ve done so many crazy and clever songs.

    A band I listened to at the same time as listening to Madess as a kid was Man Fred Man. They also had some quirky songs that are worth a listen!

  13. draliman says:

    Ha, if ever there’s a band which the label “one hit wonder” doesn’t apply to, it’s massive super-group Madness 🙂 I went on a school trip to London in 1982, I guess it was, and all the way there (250 miles) and back the coach driver played Madness songs!
    I guess back in the 80s there was less reciprocal sharing of music and TV programmes. We were still smarting over that “rebellion” thing and kept some of the best stuff back just for ourselves. Like “Madness” 🙂

    • I think I’d have liked to have had a Madness cassette for one of the family trips back in the day. Instead, we had Weird Al Yankovic, Ray Stephens, and Tommy James & the Shondells (One of these things is not like the other….)

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