Mad craziness today on MMM, with a look at Madness’ 1981 single, It Must Be Love, a cover of Labi Siffre’s 1971 original. Check the video below:
A bit of a curveball from the general MMM lark, I’m sure you’ll agree. However, as anyone whose grown up in the UK at any time post-1970s will tell, Madness are pretty omnipresent in British culture. The 2-tone outfit were one of the biggest bands in TOTP charts, as you’ll find if you tune into BBC4 when the reruns are on (as only the coolest people do), and, at their peak power, it’s not hard to see why.
Whilst Siffre’s original version of this track oozed R&B soul and goodness, the Camden lads manage to give it a considerably bigger punch, with the crashing cymbals and wailing horns. You can also find staple 2-tone characteristics in the bouncing bass and rattling rimshots, as well as a more unconventional rousing of strings in the bridge. Of course, it’s most famous for that unmistakable intro, as the dancing piano and Suggs’ trademark vocal stylings (that I’ve always thought of as the musical equivalent of Brad Pitt in Twelve Monkeys) compliment each other wonderfully. Moreover, you’ve got those classic feelgood lyrics, something that you just can’t replicate from the era they were written.
“I never thought I’d miss you, half as much, as I do…”
Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations