Monday, August 15, 2005

Madness Records Album Of Old Clothes

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You may think of a CD as an object that features music, but the members of the early ’80s British ska band Madness prefers to think of their new album as a trunk of old clothes.

Madness singer Graham “Suggs,” McPherson says their newest album, The Dangermen Sessions Vol. 1, is a collection of the seven bandmembers’ favorite songs from around the time they started being friends.

Songs include remakes of “Lola,” and “You Keep Me Hanging On” and, as McPherson puts it, “It’s like trying on some comfy old clothes. There are a few jackets on the record, some pants and some old gloves.”

An album of cover songs might seem like a step back for the band that sang hits like “One Step Beyond” and “Our House” but Suggs sees it as much for peacemaking as pop music.

In his words, “When you have a lot of members who write songs, picking which ones on a record can get a bit ‘argybargy’ but this creates a different argument – an aesthetic argument.”

The band soothed potential tensions by recording up to 30 songs and whittling them down to 12. That way, Suggs says, “the drummer gets to suggest Blue Oyster Cult and we’ll do it, knowing there’s no way it will make it on the record.”

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