This is the heavy heavy monster sound

Book: Black Swan Green

Author: David Mitchell

Music: One Step Beyond

Composer/Artist: Madness

When this came out I thought it was one of those ‘novelty hits’ that were such a feature of the charts. It was fun and probably my introduction to ska and two-tone. The Specials, Bad Manners, and The Beat all came along at the same time. It wasn’t a novelty hit or a one hit wonder – they followed it up over the years with My Girl, Baggy Trousers, Our House, It Must Be Love, Grey Day, House of Fun, Driving in My Car, and Michael Caine. Makes for a decent greatest hits album.

PS – Happy Independence Day!


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