Madness (Muse song)
"Madness" is a song by the English rock band Muse. It is the second track and second single from Muse's sixth studio album, The 2nd Law, released as a download on 20 August 2012, it was produced by the band. The music video for the song premiered on 5 September 2012. "Madness" spent 19 weeks at the summit of Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, making it the longest running number-one song on the chart. The song earned a nomination in the Best Rock Song category at the 2013 Grammy Awards. "Madness" is an electronic rock, synth-pop, soft rock, R&B song. According to NME, "Madness" draws influences from Queen's "I Want to Break Free", George Michael's "Faith" and some instrumental elements of his other hit "I Want Your Sex". During a preview of The 2nd Law on French site Jeuxactu, the song was said to resemble Depeche Mode and described as "calm and sweet". Matthew Bellamy stated that the song started as a personal reflection after a fight with his girlfriend Kate Hudson, how, after she had gone to her mother's house, he began to realise "yeah, she was right, wasn't she?"
In a separate interview, Bellamy stated the song was the band's attempt to strip down the sound of the album, that the song has its roots in 12 bar blues with gospel, soul and R&B influences. He went on to conclude that, "It's the song I'm most proud of on the album for sure." The official music video for the song was uploaded to the band's official YouTube channel on 5 September 2012. This video saw the second collaboration between the band and director Anthony Mandler, who directed the music video for "Neutron Star Collision", it was edited by Jacquelyn London. The director of photography was David Devlin; the video was filmed on the Red Line platform at Los Angeles Union Station. The two main characters are played by models Erin Max Silberman. "Madness" was released as a download on 20 August 2012, with an accompanying lyric video for the song being uploaded shortly after. NME described the song as "taking the defining noise of'bass music' and using it to create slinky, soft rock sex music."
The track review goes on to call it a brilliant single and states that Muse have "tamed the shark" following their declaration that Muse had jumped the shark with "Survival". Diffuser.fm noted that the single "doesn't sound like the Muse that established itself as one of the worlds biggest rock bands" but that "the unusual blend of sounds works far better than it should", giving the track 8/10. Rolling Stone stated that the single sees Muse "swap bombastic bass brutality with wubby subtleties as Matthew Bellamy croons over a gentle pop track." Radio Times described it as "George Michael's "Faith" underwater". In a negative review of the song, Robert Myers of The Village Voice wrote that "the band's U2 imitation has caught up to Achtung Baby and Zooropa", he further added that Muse "gets the surface details right but lacks the emotional and intellectual foundation to get at their inspiration's essence." Rolling Stone named the song the 37th best song of 2012. Chris Martin of Coldplay described the single as "Muse's best song yet"."Madness" spent 19 weeks at the summit of Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, making it the longest running number-one song on the chart, beating the previous record of 18 weeks set by Foo Fighters' "The Pretender".
The record was broken again by Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still" in 2017, which spent 20 weeks at the number-one spot. "Madness" was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 2013 Grammy Awards, but lost to "Lonely Boy" by the Black Keys. "Madness" had a positive commercial performance, charting in several countries and peaking within the top 10 in Belgium, Israel, Japan and South Korea. In the band's home country of the United Kingdom, the song peaked at number 25 on the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, the song peaked at number 45 on the Hot 100 and number three on the Hot Rock Songs chart, it topped the Alternative Songs chart for 19 weeks, breaking the record for the longest-reigning number-one song on the chart, held by "The Pretender" by Foo Fighters. That record got overtaken by Portugal; the Man's "Feel It Still" in 2017. "Madness" has been certified gold by the IFPI in Switzerland, platinum by the MC in Canada and FIMI in Italy, double-platinum by the RIAA in the United States. List of number-one Billboard Alternative Songs of 2012 List of number-one Billboard Alternative Songs of 2013 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics "Madness" at Discogs
Unholy Savior is the third full-length album recorded by the heavy metal band Battle Beast, released in January 2015. All tracks written by Anton Kabanen. Noora Louhimo - lead vocals Anton Kabanen - lead guitar, backing vocals, production Juuso Soinio - rhythm guitar Eero Sipilä - bass, backing vocals Pyry Vikki - drums Janne Björkroth - keyboards, backing vocals, co-production J-P Björkroth - flute on "Sea Of Dreams" Matias Kupiainen - mixing at 5by5 Studios Mika Jussila - mastering at Finnvox Studios
Madness are an English ska band from Camden Town, north London, who formed in 1976. One of the most prominent bands of the late-1970s and early-1980s two-tone ska revival, they continue to perform with six of the seven members of their classic line-up. Madness achieved most of their success in the early to mid-1980s. Both Madness and UB40 spent 214 weeks on the UK singles charts over the course of the decade, holding the record for most weeks spent by a group in the 1980s UK singles charts. However, Madness did so in a shorter time period. Madness have had 15 singles reach the UK top ten, which include "One Step Beyond", "Baggy Trousers" and "It Must Be Love", one UK number one single and two number ones in Ireland, "House of Fun" and "Wings of a Dove". "Our House" was their biggest. In 2000 the band received the Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters and Authors for Outstanding Song Collection; the core of the band formed as The North London Invaders in 1976, included Mike Barson on keyboards and vocals, Chris Foreman on guitar and Lee Thompson on saxophone and vocals.
They recruited John Hasler on drums and Cathal Smyth on bass guitar. In the year, they were joined by lead vocalist Dikron Tulane; this six-piece line-up lasted until part way through 1977, when Graham McPherson took over the lead vocals after seeing the band perform in a friend's garden. Tulane went on to be an actor under the name Dikran Tulaine. Smyth, who left after an argument with Barson, was replaced by Gavin Rodgers, Barson's girlfriend's brother. McPherson was kicked out of the band for too choosing to watch Chelsea instead of rehearsing. Thompson left the band. By 1978, the band had allowed McPherson to return, after filling in temporarily for Hasler. Thompson returned after patching things up with Barson. Drummer Dan Woodgate and bass player Mark Bedford joined the band, replacing Garry Dovey and Rodgers, respectively. After changing their name to Morris and the Minors, the band renamed itself as Madness in 1979, paying homage to one of their favourite songs by ska/reggae artist Prince Buster.
The band remained a sextet until late 1979, when Chas Smash rejoined and became the seventh member of Madness as a backing vocalist and dancer. During 1979, the band began to attract a live following in London, being regulars at the Dublin Castle in Camden Town; the band's first commercial recording was the Lee Thompson composition "The Prince". The song, like the band's name, paid homage to Prince Buster; the song was released through the label of The Specials founder Jerry Dammers. The song was a surprise hit, peaking in the UK music charts at number 16. A performance of "The Prince" on popular UK music show Top of the Pops helped Madness gain public recognition. Madness toured with fellow 2 Tone bands The Specials and The Selecter, before recording their debut album; that debut album, One Step Beyond... was released by Stiff Records. The album included a re-recording of "The Prince" and its B-side "Madness", the band's second and third singles: "One Step Beyond" and "My Girl"; the title song was a cover of the B-side of the 1960s Prince Buster hit "Al Capone".
One Step Beyond... stayed in the British charts for 78 weeks, peaking at number 2. After the release of "My Girl", the band felt that they had exhausted the material from One Step Beyond... and did not want to release any more singles from the album. However, Dave Robinson, head of Stiff Records, disagreed. A compromise was made, the band decided to release an EP featuring one album track and three new tracks; the result was the Work Rest and Play EP, headlined by the song "Night Boat to Cairo", from the One Step Beyond album. The EP reached number 6 in the UK singles chart. Live recordings of Madness performances as well as those by other 2 Tone bands were used in the documentary film and soundtrack album Dance Craze. In 1980, the band's second album, Absolutely reached number 2 in the UK album charts. Spawned some of the band's biggest hits, most notably "Baggy Trousers", which peaked at number 3 in the UK singles chart. "Embarrassment" reached number 4 in the charts, the instrumental song "The Return of the Los Palmas 7" climbed to number 7.
Although the album reviews were less enthusiastic than those of One Step Beyond... they were positive. Robert Christgau gave the album a favourable B- grade, but Rolling Stone awarded the album just one out of five stars. Rolling Stone was scathing of the ska revival in general, stating that "The Specials wasn't good" and Madness were "the Blues Brothers with English accents". A drama-documentary film entitled Take It or Leave It was released in 1981, featuring the band members playing themselves in a re-creation of their early days to the then-current period. In 1981, the band's third studio album, 7, reached number 5 in the UK album charts and contained three hit singles: "Grey Day", "Shut Up", "Cardiac Arrest". In an article in 1979, Chris Foreman explained that the band's music would move with the times, change styles as time goes on; this was shown to be the case, as unlike the two ska-filled, fast-paced albums that preceded it, 7 was something of a change in direction. Suggs' vocal performance changed and his strong accent from the previous albums had been watered down.
The album strayed from the ska-influenced sound of One Step Beyond... and Absolutely, moved towards a pop sound.
The Madness (album)
The Madness is the debut, self-titled studio album by the British ska/pop band The Madness. It was released in mid-1988, on the label Virgin; the album was produced by a pseudonym, whose identities remain a mystery. With the demise of Madness and the group's own label Zarjazz, The Madness were directly recruited under Virgin Records; when the album was released in early May 1988, it received dismissive reviews and peaked at No. 66 in the UK, lasting within the Top 100 for only one week. Two singles, "I Pronounce You" and "What's That", were released from the album, although like the album these were less successful than the original band releases. "I Pronounce You" was the lead single, released in the UK and Portugal. Receiving lukewarm reception from the music press, it peaked at No. 44 in the UK, lasting on the charts for four weeks after debuting at No. 48. "What's That", the album's second and final single, was released in the UK only. It was the first release by Madness or any of its spin-off bands not to reach the Top 75 in the UK.
It peaked at No. 92 and lasted two weeks on the chart, dropping to No. 98 the following week after its debut. Chas Smash performed lead vocals for "Nail Down the Days", "What's That", "Song in Red", "Gabriel's Horn" and "Flashings". Suggs sang on "In Wonder", "Nightmare Nightmare", "Thunder & Lightning", "Beat the Bride", "11th Hour", "Be Good Boy" and "4. B. F." Both Smash and Suggs performed lead vocals on "I Pronounce You" and "Oh". Some of the songs that appeared on the album were re-recorded from the demos of the 1986 Madness sessions. In "I Pronounce You" the lyrics concern a bride's feelings on the eve of her arranged marriage. To add a middle eastern feel to the song, Foreman played sitar on the song, an instrument he'd used on previous Madness albums; this was in addition to usual guitar, whilst the track features tabla. The track "Song in Red" was written by Smash about a cousin who died young. "Gabriel's Horn" was recorded in 1986 when the group were working on the never-completed Lost in the Museum album, this demo version appeared as a track on the 1992 re-issue of the Madness single "House of Fun".
After Madness' 1985 album Mad Not Mad, the band attempted to record a new album, eleven demo tracks were recorded. However, musical differences arose between band members, in September 1986, the band announced that they were to split. Following the breakup of the original Madness, four of the original members recreated the band, adding "The" to its name; when trying to find a new name for the group, such titles as The Wasp Factory, The One and The Earthmen were considered, at one point BBC Radio 1 listeners were invited to write in with suggestions. The band settled on the title of The Madness. Since the new band did not include a bassist or drummer, guest musicians played bass, while a drum machine was used in place of a live drummer on most tracks. UB40's Earl Falconer contributed bass to three tracks, Bruce Thomas and Steve Nieve from Elvis Costello's The Attractions were recruited. On "What's That" Simon Philips added some brushes to help capture a jazzy feel. Ex-Special Jerry Dammers re-appeared to add keyboards to a couple of numbers and the ska connection was further strengthened by The Potato 5 who supplied the horn section.
The band recorded their only album The Madness at Liquidator Studios, whilst it was mixed at the Townhouse studios in London. Liquidator Studios had been the band's own studio since circa 1985, located on Caledonian Road in North London, in what was once the premises of their fan club office, they built the 24 track professional studio in the basement, whilst the first floor has always been an office and chill out area, a room upstairs for song mixing. Unlike any previous Madness album, the lead vocals on The Madness were evenly shared between Suggs and Chas Smash; the production was credited to "The Three Eyes". The band stressed that they were not "the Nutty Boys" the public knew and loved, as they attempted to become a more serious group; the band were pleased with the album upon completion as it took a long time to complete and for the first time in their career they worked without the Clive Langer/Alan Winstanley production team, choosing instead to produce it themselves. The band saw their debut album as only the start of a new beginning, with the members being optimistic about the future.
However, due to the lack of commercial success from the album and singles, The Madness disbanded by the beginning of 1989. Virgin Record's lack of faith in the band was confirmed; the demise of The Madness left the members of the band in a state of confusion, not knowing quite what they were going to do next. Madness reformed with its original members for a reunion tour in 1992 and they have remained together since, playing live and recording new material. In an October 1988 interview for Guitarist & Scootering with Foreman and the band, Foreman described the new album as "brilliant". Foreman added "Some of it is recognizably us and some of it isn't. Carl has doing a lot of singing. He's been doing a lot of writing as well, he's written well over half the album as well, good because he's always got loads of ideas for songs and it's good to get them out of him; when we were doing the album and myself programmed all the drum machines. But it's sort of done me out of a job because I used to write the tunes and they'd write the lyrics, but now they're writing their own tunes and their own lyrics, so I'm
Herakles is an Athenian tragedy by Euripides, first performed c. 416 BC. While Herakles is in the underworld obtaining Cerberus for one of his labours, his father Amphitryon, wife Megara, children are sentenced to death in Thebes by Lycus. Herakles arrives in time to save them, though the goddesses Iris and Madness cause him to kill his wife and children in a frenzy, it is the second of two surviving tragedies by Euripides where the family of Herakles are suppliants. It was first performed at the City Dionysia festival. Amphitryon - Husband of Heracles' mother Megara - Wife of Heracles Lycus - Usurper of the throne of Thebes Iris - Messenger of the gods Lyssa - Madness Heracles Messenger - Servant from the court of Heracles Theseus - King of Athens Chorus of old men of Thebes In a prologue filled with genealogical detail, Amphitryon outlines the ancestral history of Herakles' and Lycus' families. Lycus is ruling Thebes unlawfully and is about to kill Amphitryon, and—because Megara is the daughter of the lawful king Creon—Herakles' wife Megara and their children.
Herakles cannot help his family, for he is in Hades engaged in the last of his twelve labours: bringing back the monster Cerberus who guards the gates there. The family has taken refuge at the altar of Zeus; the Chorus sympathize with them and encourage them, being old men, are unable to help. Lycus comes to ask, he claims that Herakles will never help them. He justifies the proposed slaughter, claiming that Herakles' children will attempt to avenge their grandfather, Creon, by killing Lycus when they grow up, he depreciates the deeds of Herakles. Amphitryon, point by point, asks permission for them to go into exile. Lycus declares that he is through with words and orders his men to bring logs, stack them around the altar, burn the suppliants alive. Megara refuses to be burned alive:, a coward's death, she has given up hope for Herakles' return and gets permission from Lycus to dress the children in robes of death to face their executioners. The old men of the Chorus have stoutly defended Herakles' family, because of their age, can do little more than disagree with Lycus and sing in praise of Herakles' famous labours.
Megara returns with the children, dressed for death. She tells of the kingdoms Herakles had planned to give each of them and of the brides she intended them to marry; as Amphitryon laments the futility of the life he has lived, Megara catches sight of Herakles approaching. When Herakles hears the story of Creon's overthrow and Lycus' plan to kill Megara and the children, he resolves upon revenge, he tells them the reason for his long absence is that in addition to bringing Cerberus back from Hades and imprisoning him, he brought back Theseus, now on his way to his home in Athens. With the children clinging to his robes, he goes into the palace with Megara. Lycus returns and, impatient at finding only Amphitryon ready, storms into the palace to get the others, he is met inside by Herakles, killed. The Chorus sing a joyful song of celebration, but it is interrupted by the appearance of Iris and Madness, hovering over the house. Iris announces. Hera, Zeus' wife, is behind the plan: she has hated Herakles since birth because Zeus was his father.
She resents his god-like strength and wants to humble him. A Messenger reports that when the fit of madness fell on Herakles, he believed he had to kill Eurystheus, the king who assigned his labours. Moving from room to room, he fancied; when Amphitryon tried to stop him, he thought it was Eurystheus, his own children those of Eurystheus. In his madness he killed his wife; when he threatened Amphitryon, Athena struck he fell asleep. The palace doors are opened to reveal Herakles, now asleep and tied to a pillar, surrounded by the bodies of his wife and children; when he wakes up, Amphitryon tells him. Theseus, king of Athens, whom Herakles had freed from Hades, arrives; when he hears what Herakles has done, he asks him to uncover his head. Friendship, Theseus says, is greater than any fear he has of pollution from someone guilty of kindred bloodshed. Herakles, not comforted, says he can be welcome to no man. Theseus offers him hospitality in half his wealth, he argues that the gods commit evil acts, such as forbidden marriages, yet continue to live on Olympus and face out their crimes.
Why shouldn't Herakles? Herakles vehemently denies this line of argument: such stories of the gods, he says, are the inventions of poets. A deity, if such, can have no desires. Convinced that it would be cowardly to commit suicide, he resolves to go to Athens with Theseus; the law forbids him to remain in Thebes or attend the funeral of his wife and children. He asks his father to bury his dead, leaning on Theseus, leaves. Ambiguity: Euripides’ play Herakles asks more questions than it answers. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the topic of faith. During Euripides’ time, though most Greeks, like Euripides’ Theseus, would have been believers, there is a strain of thinkers who questioned traditional religion and the existence of the gods, much as Herakles do
Madness (All That Remains album)
Madness is the eighth studio album by All That Remains. It was released on April 2017, on Razor & Tie Records. Madness is the first studio album produced by Howard Benson, as well as the first album to feature bassist Aaron Patrick. While this is the band's next-to-last album with guitarist Oli Herbert, it is their last album to be released in his lifetime. Vocalist Phil Labonte told Revolver magazine about band's approach on the new disc: "We wanted to mix it up a little bit and write from a vocal perspective this time. So I went to L. A. and came up with vocal ideas and melodies and sent those chord progressions back to Oli Herbert and he wrote riffs in response to that. Doing it this way turned the record into a vocal album as opposed to a guitar album, and that affected some things. Like, there might be less intricacy in the riffs because they were written in response to my voice." Labonte added that the majority of the new songs features "significant programming and electronic sounds. And that's something.
So you're gonna hear that kind of influence on most of the tracks." Phil stated: "On this record, there's five songs on the record that are what you would expect from All That Remains. There's some songs where we kind of were, like,'All right, let's push this and maybe change what we can do, or what All That Remains is allowed to do.' But it ain't. And if you're just, like,'Oh, they're not heavy anymore,' you're just not listening." The album received mixed reviews. Aaron J. Marko of Exclaim! Described the album as mediocre and archaic. Christopher Di Carlo of Overdrive magazine, on the other hand, described the album as beautiful yet heavy. All lyrics written by Phil Labonte. Philip Labonte – lead vocals, art direction, cover design Oli Herbert – lead guitar Mike Martin – rhythm guitar Aaron Patrick – bass guitar, backing vocals Jason Costa – drums Mark Sereikas - additional guitar on "Thunder Rolls" Benny Goodman - piano/keyboards and additional engineering/production on Thunder Rolls at Speak EZ Studios, Randolph, MA Cory Paza - bass and additional engineering/production on Thunder rolls at Speak EZ Studios, Randolph, MA Diamante Azzura Meron Ryan Sidnie Tipton Lenny Skolnik Seann Bowe Howard Benson – production, mixing Mike Plotnikoff – co-production, engineering Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki – engineering Shaun Ezrol and Carl Stoodt – assistant engineering Bob Ludwig – mastering Lenny Skolnik, Seann Bowe, Howard Benson – keyboards and programming Marc VanGool – guitar tech Jon Nicholson at Drum Fetish – drum tech Joe Rickard – pre-production, drum programming Igor Khoroshev – string arrangement on "Back to You" Bob Ludwig – mastering at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME Paul DeCarli – digital editing Nick Haussling – A&R Tom Gnolfo – A&R administration Diamante Azzura – backing vocals Josh Strock – composition
Madness (Sleeping with Sirens album)
Madness is the fourth studio album by American rock band Sleeping with Sirens. The album was released on March 2015 through Epitaph Records; the entire album was self-produced by Sleeping with Sirens with John Feldmann. The album is the band's first release following their departure from Rise Records in 2014. It's the first record to feature guitarist Nick Martin who replaced former guitarist Jesse Lawson. Madness was preceded by lead single "Kick Me" as well as a string of digital singles released in the days leading up to the album's release; the album continues the band's progression to a more pop rock sound, but retains some post-hardcore influences on tracks. Following the release of the band's third studio album, they toured extensively worldwide in support of the album. In May 2014, the band posted that they were in the studio in Nashville and recorded 13 tracks with Nick Raskulinecz, however scrapped them and recorded new material for a fourth album in Los Angeles, California. In June, Quinn posted a clip of a new song online.
The band recorded a total of 15 new tracks with producer John Feldmann. Quinn explains, "We just planned on going to Feldmann to do 2 or 3 songs and after we got in there, I'm like,'we're gonna re-do this whole thing." The two bonus tracks, "Parasites" and "2 Chord" were produced by Raskulinecz. Madness is a pop rock album with hardcore influences. According to a review by Radio.com, the album has "empowering lyrics and anthem-like sing-along choruses" and is "massive and speaks directly to disaffected youth and others who’ve been told they’ll never amount to anything." Due to the fact that the album's recording sessions took place throughout a time where Sleeping with Sirens were not signed to a record label and had little money, frontman Kellin Quinn said "it's always chaotic and madness and just being caught in the middle of it and figuring out who you are in the midst of all the craziness." In late August, the group performed a new track, entitled "Kick Me", live at the Reading and Leeds Festivals.
In addition, it was announced that the group had shot a music video for the track. The music video for the song was released on November 10. In November and December, the group went on a co-headlining US with Pierce the Veil with support from Beartooth and This Wild Life. On January 1, 2015, "We Like It Loud" was made available as a free download. On January 22, Madness was announced for release in March. In addition, a music video was released for "Go Go Go". Between January and March, the group embarked on a second leg of their co-headlining US tour with Pierce the Veil, they were supported by PVRIS and Mallory Knox."Fly" was made available for streaming on March 10, followed by "Gold" on March 12, "Save Me a Spark" on March 13. Madness was released on March 17 through Epitaph Records. On May 5, a music video was released for "The Strays". In June, the group went on an acoustic tour, dubbed the We Like It Quiet Tour, with support from The Summer Set and Nick Santino. On September 9, a music video was released for "Better Off Dead".
In October and November, the group supported All Time Low on their Back to the Future Hearts tour in the US. In November and December 2016, the group went on headlining US tour with support from State Champs, Tonight Alive and Waterparks; as of August 2015, the album sold 79,200 copies. The album received positive reviews from professional music critics. According to review aggregate Metacritic, the album received a 74 out of 100 based on 6 reviews, citing "generally positive reviews". Radio.com editor Jay Tilles talked about the album's third single, "The Strays" in his review stating: "Of the album’s 13 songs, sixth track “The Strays” stands out like a sore thumb. With its empowering lyrics and anthem-for-the-underdogs chorus, it’s massive and speaks directly to disaffected youth and others who’ve been told they’ll never amount to anything. “Lost and thrown away/you know we’re better than that,” sings Kellin Quinn, the band’s frontman, his voice a deceptively delicate tenor that has become one of the band’s defining sounds."Branan Ranjanathan for Exclaim! was more negative, feeling the album lacked cohesiveness, writing: "With their latest album, Sleeping With Sirens have tried to appeal to every group that has taken an interest in their particular sound, creating a disorienting, cluttered set of songs that lacks any definitive direction.
Over the years the band's sound has shifted from straightforward post-hardcore to something more accessible to a pop audience, but Madness is a muddled attempt at fusing both sounds within a single album." The album was included at number 25 on Rock Sound's top 50 releases of 2015 list. Madness was nominated for Album Of The Year at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards. All song titles and durations were taken from iTunes Store. Sleeping With SirensKellin Quinn – lead vocals, keyboards Jack Fowler – lead guitar, programming Nick Martin – rhythm guitar, backing vocals Justin Hills – bass guitar, backing vocals Gabe Barham – drums, percussionProductionJohn Feldmann – production Zakk Cervini & John Feldmann - mixing Tom Lord-Alge - mixing Nick Raskulinecz - production Ted Jensen - mastering Citations Sources Madness at YouTube