Madness were one of the leading bands of the ska revival of the late 70s and early 80s. As their career progressed, Madness branched away from their trademark “nutty sound” and incorporated large elements of Motown, Soul and British pop. The band remained a British phenomenon, influencing several successive generations of musicians and becoming one of the most beloved groups the country produced during the 80s. The origins of Madness lie in a ska group known as The Invaders, which was formed by Mike Barson, Chris Foreman and Lee Thompson in 1976 in London. By 1978, the band had changed their name to Morris and the Minors and added Graham “Suggs” McPherson, Mark Bedford, Chas Smash and Dan Woodgate to the group. Later in 1978, they changed their name to Madness, in homage to one of their favorite Prince Buster songs. The following year, Madness released their debut single, a tribute to Prince Buster entitled “The Prince” on Two Tone. The song was a surprise success, reaching the British Top 20. Following its success, the band signed a record contract with Stiff Records and released another Prince Buster song “One Step Beyond” which climbed to number seven. Madness had a broad fan base, reaching from children to the elderly. Madness have had 15 singles reach the UK top ten, one UK number one single “House of Fun” and two number ones in Ireland “House of Fun” and “Wings of a Dove”.
Lissome Art Studio are proud to introduce a range of stylish limited edition art prints dedicated to Madness. Each typography poster is individually signed and numbered featuring song titles and lyrics from Madness albums and most notable recordings.