i can feel the heat starting to creep up on me here in oklahoma. when the summer officially hits, i start to melt like ice cream. we don't have dry heat here, nope. instead we have humidity which, in my opinion, is much much worse. it's the kind of sticky heat that annoys more than hurts. (it does hurt also...) imagine getting all cleaned up and ready to hit the town when you notice, that the second you stepped outside your cool zone, you begin to sweat like someone who's been playing street hockey all day. it totally sucks and makes you feel like some sort of overweight walrus that just sweats all the time anyway. (that's how i feel...) yeah, summer is almost here. good thing the concerts and powwows keep me going.
since it's almost summer, i need to start busting out my heat quenching music. these tunes keep me cool and happy and they also make me wanna go crazy. one of those bands that kill the angry sun are Madness.
alongside other two-tone ska bands like, The Specials and The Selector, madness were held up in high regards and often mentioned as being the best of the bunch. the band started in 1976 and lasted until 1986. they reunited in 1992 and have been together ever since. they had early success with a few singles and the eventual release of their debut album, One Step Beyond. they were also controversial because they were often talked about in regards to the national front and nazi sympathy. they latter denied such rumors and disappointed many skinheads. the band changed up their style to a more pop friendly sort of way and had some of their biggest hits in the 80's. one such hit was the song, "our house" which reached #7 in the US charts.
today you will find only one album here. it is the debut record, One Step Beyond. as mentioned by tons of other people before me, whenever you put this record on, you can't help but move your feet!!! it's a seriously fun album and one that can make any party spring to life quicker than a fight or someone using meth for the first time. get in on this and ENJOY!!! (oh, and just for some quick history, in the video below, the crowd went so crazy that they caused an earthquake that measured 4.5 on the richter scale!!!)
Hey you, don't watch that
This is the heavy heavy monster sound
The nuttiest sound around
So if you've come in off the street
And you're beginning to feel the heat
Well listen buster
You better start to move your feet
To the rockinest, rock-steady beat
One step beyond!