I decided on Madness a few days ago, and 20 minutes I realised how perfect a choice it was since one of their songs is most appropriate to celebrate the wedding du jour - that of my spiritual wife, Molly. Today she is getting hitched to a man I've never met but have "known" since the beginning. I am unbelievably happy for those two crazy kids, and only wish this wasn't the busiest time in the year for university admissions staff or else I'd be there to party as hard as one can without alcohol. For the record, I'm the non-drinker, it's not as if her reception will lack alcohol, hell no! Molly without alcohol at her reception would be like telling me that I can no longer say "fuck" under penalty of death. How else is she supposed to get down to "Big Poppa"? For the record, I prefer Hypnotize.
So, before I start reeling off my favourite Madness songs, this is dedicated to my dear Molly and her brand new, just-out-of-the-box husband. I was going to sit here and try to come up with my own deeply moving, no doubt cheesy lines on love, but I came across a quote by Zora Neale Hurston which seemed perfect - Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. Knowing M as I do this resonated particularly, and I only wish I could think of such things myself!
It Must Be Love (apologies for the subtitles - embedding has been removed on all of the non-subtitled videos. Bastards)
I was introduced to Madness by a red-haired Englishman with hot legs I met when I was 16. Madness was his favourite band, and he left a copy of Divine Madness with me at the beginning of our long distance relationship, a couple of years later. There is something so quintessentially English about Madness, even if I am idealising whatever that 80s Englishness is. I've tried giving other ska bands a try, but aside from a couple of Specials songs, I keep coming back to Madness.
One Step Beyond:
House of Fun:
One Better Day: (The Dude's personal request)
Tomorrow's Just Another Day:
That's your Music Monday done for another week. I hope to be better at general posting than I have been lately, plus I still owe you my Tales of Florence. This week, I pinkie swear.