Madness film the video for Tomorrow's Just Another Day. London
- Madness film the last series of Honda adverts for the Honda
City high-top model. During their association with Madness
Honda have sold a lot of cars but Madness were however perceived
as a Monkees type band by some people in Japan who thought
they were a pretend band created purely for the adverts. In
fact the band didn't really relish the idea of going to Japan
and insisted that the ad be filmed in England and also that
they use Driving in my Car for the ad's music.
February 4th: Madness perform on the Oxford road Show
February 11th: Madness release Tomorrow's Just Another Day. Highest chart position 11. Weeks on chart 9.
February 14th: Madness perform Tomorrow's Just Another Day on Top Of The Pops
February 17th: Newcastle Madness rehearse for the The Tube.
February 18th: Newcastle Madness appear on The Tube.
February 20th: Newcastle City Hall Rehearsals
The Rise and Fall tour starts. The band is augmented by Dick Cuthell on French Horn and a string section comprising of Nick Parker, Jonathon Kahan, Sue Rosenfield and Cal Verney.
The support act for the tour is the Jo Boxers
February 21st: Newcastle City Hall
February 22nd: Newcastle City Hall
February 23rd: Manchester Apollo
February 24th: Manchester Apollo
February 25th: Liverpool Empire
February 27th: Birmingham Odeon
February 28th: Poole Arts Centre
March 1st: London Lyceum
March 2nd: London Dominion
March 3rd: London Dominion
March 5th: Brighton Conference Centre
March 6th: Nottingham Royal Centre
March 8th: Glasgow Apollo
March 9th: Edinburgh Playhouse
March 13th: London Dominion
March 17th: Germany Musikladen TV show
Madness perform Tomorrow's Just Another Day in front of a pile of self-reflecting TV-screens decorated with a large cut-out from the single sleeve. Mike is not here today [Suggs's cousin Hector Walker who was also the band's wardrobe assistant deputised for him] and the band explained that Mike was too involved in his relocation to Amsterdam. The edition was broadcast on April 21st, and Tomorrow's Just Another Day was released in Germany with the sleeve stating Introduced on Musikladen.
Sweden - Madness perform Our House, their Swedish breakthrough hit and current chart topper. Whilst being here the band work on a TV-documentary to be broadcast by Channel 4.
April 30th: London Victoria Apollo
Madness and UB40 play a benefit concert for the Sizewell B campaign. The night ends with all-star versions of Madness and One In Ten.
May 1st: London Queens Park Rangers Stadium For the second time. Suggs, Carl, Lee, Mark and Woody participate in the Capital Goaldiggers five-a-side football tournament. Other artists involved are Musical Youth, Blue Zoo and Modern Romance. Proceedings were used to finance football playgrounds. Four days later Our House became Best Song at the Ivor Novello awards but none of the band turned up to collect the trophy.
May 7th: London Brockwell Park CND rally Madness show their support for CND and are joined by The Damned Hazel O'Connor and The Style Council.
July: Madness film the video for Wings of a Dove in an airfield. Stiff records boss Dave Robinson had bought the rights to a French TV ad which showed a van being dropped from an aeroplane and had been wanted to use it for the Tomorrow's Just Another Day video.
In the US however the band had not had the chart success they deserved. As luck would have it John Kalodner who worked for US label Geffen Records happened to hear Our House while on a trip to England. J.Kalodner "In the fall of 1982 I was over here working with Asia. In fact I was in the car with Eric Wilson who was Alan Parsons manager and we were in the car and Our House came on the radio and we turned to each other and said that's a hit. That's a hit song I mean that's a hit for anybody. For Madness that'll be a hit in America. It'll be a hit anywhere". Kalodner was right. Our House slowly cimbed up the US Billboard charts until it reached number 5. A compilation album was compiled which contained six tracks from the Rise and Fall album and six UK singles, two of which Night Boat To Cairo and It Must Be Love were slightly remixed.
Madness then set off for the USA to promote the album which is their first tour of the US since May 1981. Once again the band took along extra musicians the same line up as the UK tour in February ie Dick Cuthell on French Horn and the string section of Nick Parker, Jonathon Kahan, Sue Rosenfield and Cal Verney.
August 17th: Boston W Metro
August 19th: Hartford Agora
August 20th: Philadelphia J.F.K. Stadium
This gig was the first of three supporting The Police. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are also on the bill.
Wings of a Dove released
Highest chart position 2. Weeks in chart 10.
August 22nd: New York The Pier
The band are served with an affidavit by some dude who claims the Geffen album deal was all down to him - they have to be smuggled into the gig.
August 23rd: Aberdeen NJ Fountain Casino
August 24th: Washington Warner Theatre
August 25th: Pittsburgh Fulton Theatre
August 27th: Chicago Aragon Ballroom
August 28th: Cleveland Variety Theatre
During the 344 mile trip from Chicago to Cleveland the pistol
packing coach driver gets pulled over by the State Troopers
for speeding. Chrissy Boy is the only person on the bus with
a [credit card or at least the only one who will admit to
having one] and has to pay the $45 fine.
1st: University of Miami
September 2nd: FT Lauderdale, Summers on the Beach
September 3rd: Daytona Beach, Plaza Hotel Ballroom
September 5th: San Diego, Aztec Stadium [supporting The Police]
September 6th: San Diego, Aztec Stadium Parking Lot San Diego CA. Madness return to the previous gig's location but are now relegated to playing in the car park outside the stadium.
September 7th: Madness appear on the Solid Gold TV show performing It Must be Love.
September 8th: Phoenix Arizona, Municipal Stadium [supporting The Police]
September 9th: Los Angeles, Anaheim Stadium [supporting David Bowie]
September 10th: San Francisco, Oakland Coliseum [supporting The Police]
September 11th: Madness play in a charity baseball match with KROQ radio and win.
September 12th: Los Angeles, Hollywood Palladium
September 18th: New Orleans, The President Riverboat. This is an actual working steamboat which steams off merrily down the river while the band play.
London - Madness film the video for The Sun and The Rain in South Molton Street with the aid of a rain machine and the Stiff car park Bayham Street Camden Town.
October 4th: Madness are rehearsing in Halligans Heap Holloway Road writing songs for a new album [which will be Keep Moving] and are excited about the possibility of making their own TV series after an approach from Ben Elton and Richard Curtis who they had met whilst appearing on The Young Ones. Mike then calmly said that he wouldn't be able to do this as he wanted to leave the band.
October 29th: Madness appear on the Noel Edmonds Late Late Breakfast Show performing The Sun and The Rain.
November 4th: Oslo-doing what?
November 14th: Madness perform The Sun and
The Rain on Top of the Pops. Chris starts talking to Feargal
Sharkey who is performing Never Never with The Assembly and
mentions a song written by Carl called Never listen to your
Father which Madness had demo-ed and asks him if he'd like
to record it with them at some later point.
21st: London Lyceum Ballroom
Madness Christmas Party for Greenpeace with all proceeds going
to Greenpeace. It also features Bonsai Forest, Ian Dury and
the Music Students and Hippy Neil from the Young Ones. This
turns out to be Mike Barson's last appearance with Madness
for 9 years...