Madness are often described as one of those ‘perfect singles bands’ - something decades of various ‘Best of.
. .’ and ‘Greatest Hits’ packages has only emphasised. The time would appear to be ripe for a more complete reappraisal of the band’s album output and live performance, therefore. Cue some sumptuous reissues. Absolutely, album #2 charting at #2 from 1980, has the gilt-edged classics (Baggy Trousers, Embarrassment, . . .Los Palmas 7), of course but its B-sides, rarities, videos and a second disc of live performance for the Beeb show Madness to be the complete package; danceable, hummable, thoughtful and provocative. This reissue will be snapped up by the nutty faithful, naturally, but others wondering just where the Madness came from and why they matter in 2010 should also jump in, feet first.