Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Madness and Blur Share the Love in the UK

Sigh. It sure would have been nice to be there.
Madness, Blur Wow Glastonbury Crowd

GLASTONBURY, England, June 29 (UPI) -- Fans acclaimed British bands Madness and Blur the stars of this year's Glastonbury music festival, observers say.

The 100,000 people who packed the festival grounds at Worthy Farm Sunday afternoon broke into a mass "Two-Tone" shuffle when the ska/pop band Madness played their 1981 hit "It Must Be Love" and saxophone player Lee Thompson took off into the air as he did in the band's video, The Times of London reported.

Damon Albarn and the rest of Blur made a similar impression on the massive crowd, the newspaper said, with fans -- some dressed as the milk cartons from the band's 1999 video for "Coffee and TV" -- joyously shouted "yes!" as Albarn and the band broke into "Girls and Boys."

The Times said Blur's highlight was a seven-minute rendition of their song "Tender," as well as guest appearance by actor Phil Daniels, who came onstage for a performance of "Parklife."

Madness Make Glastonbury Return
Ska heroes return to Worthy Farm

Posted by Robin Murray Mon, 29/06/2009

Legendary British ska icons Madness have played a spectacular set at Glastonbury, marking their long awaited return to the festival.

Formed in the late 70s, Madness took ska and gave it a cheeky twist. In love with the sounds of Jamaica, the band were inspired by punk and soon gathered a rabid following. Releasing their debut single through Two Tone, the band soon came to dominate the charts.

Scoring hit after hit, Madness were the most successful act on the British singles chart throughout the 80s. Gaining a massive fan base, the nutty boys blended ska infected pop with lyrics that spoke of everyday life.

The band last performed at Glastonbury in 1986. Since that time the Berlin Wall has fallen, Apartheid has ended and The Specials have reformed meaning that the group were overdue a return visit.

Madness played a secret show in Glastonbury's now dis-continued Lost Vagueness area back in 2007, but this time were given an official place on the bill.

Playing a series of classic hits, the group also unveiled a clutch of tracks from their recently released album 'The Liberty Of Norton Folgate' as well as covering Max Romeo's reggae classic 'I Chase The Devil'.

Madness ended their set with a run through of some of their biggest hits, sending the crowd assembled around the Pyramid Stage into overdrive. Beginning with their number one hit 'House Of Fun' the band played a series of skanking hits.

Well known for their inventive videos, Madness saxophone player Lee Thompson was hung aloft during 'Baggy Trousers' recreating his role in the original promo. However the crowd held back their biggest reception for the 1981 classic 'It Must Be Love' which sparked a huge singalong.

Madness played:

'One Step Beyond'
'The Prince'
'My Girl'
'Dust Devil'
'The Sun And The Rain'
'I Chase The Devil'
'Clerkenwell Polka'
'Bed And Breakfast Man'
'Shut Up'
'Forever Young'
'House Of Fun'
'Wings Of A Dove'
'Baggy Trousers'
'Our House'
'It Must Be Love'
'Night Boat To Cairo'

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