Madness - Wonderful (1999)Album Project Update! Madness's seventh studio album, 'Wonderful' (1999). The band got back together! This was the first Madness album I bought when it came out, since I was a bit young to buy the others in the 80s. :) I really loved this record, 'Lovestruck', 'Johnny the Horse' and 'The Wizard' are all real sing-along fun. '4am' was also on Suggs's 1995 album 'The Lone Ranger'. I think, possibly, I like that version better. (That album is pretty, good, incidentally!) All in all, this is a real return to form for the band, full of energy, and with their ska roots showing (unlike 'Mad Not Mad'!). If you recognise anything off of it it's likely to be 'Lovestruck'. But, really, if you like Madness you should own this album.
I should perhaps also mention that there were numerous projects undertaken by members of Madness during their 'split', including an album by 'The Madness', which was basically Madness without Mark Bedford, Daniel Woodgate and Mike Barson. That album was released in 1988 and featured a song I like very much, 'I Pronounce You'. It is still quite 80s, and not quite Madness, but it's well worth a listen if you can get hold of it!