Published on October 27th, 2012 | by Bosky1
MADNESS ALBUM SERIES – The Dangermen Sessions
Embarrassment was the second single I ever bought (the first was Blondie’s version of ‘The tide is high’) when I was eleven years old.
I’d recently gotten into playing keyboards, was discovering new synth sounds but I’d never heard what I later found out to be a Hammond organ used with a piano sound before. Along with the deadpan but melodic vocal lines, driving rhythms and unusual chord progressions I was hooked on Madness for life.
25 years later the Dangermen Sessions (Vol1) was released. What made this record so special to me was that by then, I could relate to the influences of the magnificent seven. Having now played in few ska bands myself, I’d heard the tunes of Prince Buster and Diana Ross and the Supremes played by DJs at after show parties and I’d supported Lord Tanamo and Desmond. I thought it was a brave move by Madness to release a labour of love rather than a contrived commercial album.
They managed to capture the spirit of the original songs whilst injecting that unmistakeable Madness sound.
My favourite tracks are I Chase The Devil AKA Ironshirt & You Keep Me Hanging On.