Madness – Complete Madness (The ’59) #148

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Madness – Complete Madness (1982)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 24 – 1982.

Complete Madness is the first greatest hits album by ska/pop group Madness. It was released in 1982 and included Madness’ biggest hits from their first three studio albums and the stand-alone singles. Complete Madness spent 99 weeks on the UK charts peaking at number 1.

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The Specials (The ’59) #130

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The Specials (1979)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 21 – 1979

The Specials self-titled debut album was released on 19 October 1979 on Jerry Dammers’ 2 Tone label. Produced by Elvis Costello, it captures the disaffection and anger felt by the youth of the UK’s “concrete jungle” — a phrase borrowed from Bob Marley’s 1972 album “Catch a Fire” – used here to describe the grim, violent inner cities of 1970s Britain.

A live version of “Too Much Too Young” was later released on a five-track EP, The Special AKA Live!, which went to No.1 on the UK charts. “‘A Message to You, Rudy” was also released as a single. A digitally remastered edition also featuring promotional videos to “Gangsters” and “Too Much Too Young” as enhanced content was released by EMI in 2002.

The Beat

Part #17 in the Jemtunes 2015 Rock A-Z

“I just can’t stop it” was the debut album from the 2 Tone band, the Beat. It was released on Go Feet Records in the UK and on IRS Records in the US under the band name ‘The English Beat’.

Track 4, side 1 is the wonderful “Twist and Crawl”; the best track on the album and, in my opinion, the best thing the band ever wrote.