Milo here.

It’s complete 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


4 thoughts on “MMM: It Must Be Love – Madness

  1. I’ve never listened to an awfy lot of Madness, but I like this track a whole lot. I’m not sure if it was because the song had reasonable airplay (so I heard it often enough) or cause my uncle really liked Madness, but my brother and I both liked this.

    I remember seeing the video a decent amount of times, too… and I even had a copy of a best of type compilation in the early 90s.

    And Suggs being the musical equivalent of Brad Pitt in Twelve Monkeys is quite accurate… well played.

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    • Haha thanks man. My dad loved Madness since he was a kid so it’s been instilled into me from a young age — this track is definitely my favourite though, seems less, for lack of a better word, gimmicky than some of their other songs.

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      • I think that’s a fair assessment of this one vs. their other stuff (certainly of the stuff I heard). Still, there’s loads of great songs in there… and while Suggs went down the old fodder solo route, I have been assured that their album from a few years ago is a certifiable cracker.

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