One Step Beyond . . . – Madness (1979)

One Step Beyond . . . is the debut studio album by the British skapop group Madness, released by Stiff Records. Recorded and mixed in about three weeks, the album peaked at number two and remained on the U.K. Albums Chart for more than a year. The album has received much critical praise. It was ranked 90th in a 2005 survey held by British television’s Channel 4 to determine the 100 greatest albums of all time. … The title track, released as a single, was originally written and recorded by the Jamaican ska musician Prince Buster, and its ‘Don’t watch that, watch this …’ introduction is adapted from another Prince Buster song, ‘The Scorcher’. The track ‘The Prince‘ is a tribute to Buster and a re-recording of the band’s debut single, originally released on the 2 Tone label. Its B-side, ‘Madness’, was also re-recorded for the album. …”
Guardian – Suggs and Mike Barson of Madness: how we made One Step Beyond (Video)
Discogs (Video)
YouTube: Madness – One Step Beyond – Full Album 1 / 15


Work Rest and Play – Madness EP (1980)

Wikipedia – “Work Rest and Play is an EP by British ska/pop band Madness. … The EP was headlined by the song ‘Night Boat to Cairo‘, from the band’s debut album One Step Beyond. The EP’s success was largely down to ‘Night Boat to Cairo‘, which headlined the set and had an accompanying music video. The fourth song, ‘Don’t Quote Me On That’, was a commentary on press coverage which had tried to paint the band as racists who supported the National Front. Some of the band’s shows had been disrupted by skinhead violence and, in a 1979 NME interview, Madness member Chas Smash was quoted as saying ‘We don’t care if people are in the NF as long as they’re having a good time.’ This was quoted to add to the speculation that Madness was a racist band supporting the National Front, although the band members denied those allegations. …”
W – Night Boat to Cairo
YouTube: Night Boat to Cairo, Deceives the Eye, My Girl