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Baggy Trousers
Not to be confused with Baggy trousers
Baggy trousers
"BAGGY TROUSERS" SINGLE BY MADNESS FROM THE ALBUM ABSOLUTELY RELEASED September 5, 1980 FORMAT 7" RECORDED 1980 GENRE * Ska
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Baggy Trousers
Not to be confused with Baggy trousers
Baggy trousers
"BAGGY TROUSERS" SINGLE BY MADNESS FROM THE ALBUM ABSOLUTELY RELEASED September 5, 1980 FORMAT 7" RECORDED 1980 GENRE * Ska
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Single (music)
In music , a SINGLE, RECORD SINGLE or MUSIC SINGLE is a type of release , typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record , an album or an EP record . This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song that is released separately from an album, although it usually also appears on an album. Typically, these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released as a single may not appear on an album. As digital downloading and audio streaming have become more prevalent, it is often possible for every track on an album to also be available separately. Nevertheless, the concept of a single for an album has been retained as an identification of a more heavily promoted or more popular song (or group of songs) within an album collection
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Madness (band)
1976–1986, 1993 –present ASSOCIATED ACTS The Madness
The Madness
, The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra , The Specials
The Specials
, The Fink Brothers WEBSITE madness.co.uk MEMBERS * Chris Foreman * Mike Barson * Lee Thompson * Graham "Suggs" McPherson * Dan Woodgate * Mark Bedford PAST MEMBERS * John Hasler * Dikron Tulane * Gavin Rodgers * Garry Dovey * Graham Bush * Steve Nieve * Seamus Beaghan * Kevin Burdette * Chas Smash
Chas Smash
MADNESS are an English ska band from Camden Town
Camden Town
, London, who formed in 1976. One of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s 2 Tone ska revival, they continue to perform with their most recognised line-up of seven members
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Absolutely (Madness Album)
ABSOLUTELY is the 1980 second album from the British ska band Madness . The album reached number 2 in the UK album charts. Absolutely spawned some of the band's biggest hits, most notably " Baggy Trousers
Baggy Trousers
", which peaked at number 3 in the UK singles chart. "Embarrassment " reached number 4 in the charts, and the instrumental song " The Return of the Los Palmas 7 " climbed to number 7. Although the album reviews were generally less enthusiastic than those of One Step Beyond..., they were mostly positive. Robert Christgau
Robert Christgau
gave the album a favourable B- grade, but Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
awarded the album just one out of five stars. Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
was particularly scathing of the ska revival in general, stating that "The Specials wasn't very good" and Madness were simply "the Blues Brothers with English accents"
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Vinyl Record
A GRAMOPHONE RECORD (PHONOGRAPH RECORD in the US), commonly known as a VINYL RECORD or simply VINYL or RECORD, is an analog sound storage medium in the form of a flat polyvinyl chloride (previously shellac ) disc with an inscribed, modulated spiral groove. The groove usually starts near the periphery and ends near the center of the disc. The phonograph disc record was the primary medium used for music reproduction until late in the 20th century. It had co-existed with the phonograph cylinder from the late 1880s and replaced it by the late 1920s. Records retained the largest market share even when new formats such as compact cassette were mass-marketed
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Music Genre
A MUSIC GENRE is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from _musical form _ and _musical style_, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Recently, academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways. The artistic nature of music means that these classifications are often subjective and controversial, and some genres may overlap. There are even varying academic definitions of the term _genre_ itself. In his book _Form in Tonal Music_, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between genre and form . He lists madrigal , motet , canzona , ricercar , and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of _genre_, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op
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Ska
SKA (/ˈskɑː/ ; Jamaican : ) is a music genre that originated in Jamaica
Jamaica
in the late 1950s and was the precursor to rocksteady and reggae . Ska
Ska
combined elements of Caribbean
Caribbean
mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues . It is characterized by a walking bass line accented with rhythms on the off-beat . Ska
Ska
developed in Jamaica
Jamaica
in the 1960s when Prince Buster , Clement "Coxsone" Dodd , and Duke Reid formed sound systems to play American rhythm and blues and then began recording their own songs. Some suggest ska dates to earlier times, however. In the early 1960s, ska was the dominant music genre of Jamaica
Jamaica
and was popular with British mods . Later it became popular with many skinheads
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2-Tone
2 TONE (or TWO TONE) was a late-1970s ska revival in the United Kingdom led by Jerry Dammers and The Specials
The Specials
. It fused traditional ska music with punk rock attitude, energy and musical elements. Its name came from the record label that Dammers founded, 2 Tone Records
2 Tone Records
, as well as a desire to transcend and defuse racial tensions in Thatcher-era Britain. Although 2 Tone's mainstream commercial appeal was largely limited to the UK, it influenced the North American ska punk movement (also known as third wave ska ) in the 1980s and 1990s
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Pop Music
POP MUSIC is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the United States
United States
and United Kingdom
United Kingdom
during the mid-1950s. The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many styles. "Pop" and "rock " were roughly synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they became increasingly differentiated from each other. Although pop music is seen as just the singles charts , it is not the sum of all chart music
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Record Label
A RECORD LABEL or RECORD COMPANY is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos . Sometimes, a record label is also a publishing company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture , distribution , marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos; also conducting talent scouting and development of new artists ("artists and repertoire" or "A and maintains contracts with recording artists and their managers. The term "record label" derives from the circular label in the center of a vinyl record which prominently displays the manufacturer's name, along with other information
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Stiff Records
STIFF RECORDS is a British independent record label formed in London , England
England
, by Dave Robinson and Jake Riviera (real name Andrew Jakeman). Originally active from 1976 to 1986, the label was reactivated in 2007. Established at the outset of the punk rock boom, Stiff Records
Stiff Records
signed various punk and new wave acts such as Nick Lowe , the Damned , Lene Lovich , Wreckless Eric , Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello
, Ian Dury and Devo
Devo
. In the 1980s, with most of their early signings having moved on, the label found commercial success with Madness , The Pogues , Tracey Ullman , The Belle Stars , Kirsty MacColl and others
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Songwriter
A SONGWRITER is a professional who is paid to write lyrics and melodies for songs , typically for a popular music genre such as rock or country music . A songwriter can also be called a composer , although the latter term tends to be used mainly for individuals from the classical music genre. The pressure from the music industry to produce popular hits means that songwriting is often an activity for which the tasks are distributed between a number of people. For example, a songwriter who excels at writing lyrics might be paired with a songwriter with the task of creating original melodies. Pop songs may be written by group members from the band or by staff writers – songwriters directly employed by music publishers . Some songwriters serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers. The old-style apprenticeship approach to learning how to write songs is being supplemented by university degrees and college diplomas and "rock schools"
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Suggs (singer)
GRAHAM MCPHERSON (born 13 January 1961), known by the stage name SUGGS, is an English singer-songwriter, musician, radio personality and actor. In a music career spanning more than 30 years, Suggs came to prominence in the late 1970s as the lead singer of the ska band Madness , which released fifteen singles that entered the Top 10 charts in the United Kingdom during the 1970s, 1980s and the 1990s, including "My Girl ", " Baggy Trousers
Baggy Trousers
", "Embarrassment ", "It Must Be Love ", " House of Fun ", " Driving in My Car ", " Our House ", "Wings of a Dove " and "Lovestruck ". Suggs began his solo career in 1995, while still a member of Madness. Since then, he has released two studio albums, and two compilation albums. His solo hits include "I\'m Only Sleeping ", " Camden Town ", "Cecilia " and "Blue Day ". Suggs has also been an actor, with roles in films, theatre and television
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Chris Foreman
CHRISTOPHER JOHN "CHRIS" FOREMAN (born 8 August 1956), nicknamed "Chrissy Boy", is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and composer. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Foreman came to prominence in the late 1970s as the guitarist for the English ska band Madness . CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Chrissy Boy Meets And Greets... * 4 Personal life * 5 References * 6 External links EARLY LIFEChristopher John Foreman was born on 8 August 1956, in St Pancras, London , England. His father John, known on the folk-scene as a music hall revivalist, attempted to teach him to play guitar as a child, but he could not maintain an interest. Foreman bought a cheap second-hand guitar when he was 17 and became more enthusiastic about the instrument when he began to learn chords. He then acquired a Fender Telecaster which he used whilst recording Madness' debut album
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Record Producer
A RECORD PRODUCER or TRACK PRODUCER or MUSIC PRODUCER oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music , which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album . A producer has many roles during the recording process. The roles of a producer vary. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements. A producer may also: * Select session musicians to play rhythm section accompaniment parts or solos * Co-write. * Propose changes to the song arrangements, and * Coach the singers and musicians in the studioThe producer typically supervises the entire process from preproduction, through to the sound recording and mixing stages, and, in some cases, all the way to the audio mastering stage