is a song by English
ska/pop band Madness
from their 1980 album Absolutely
. It was written by lead singer Suggs
and guitarist Chris Foreman
, and reminisces on school days. (Mike Barson
also received a writing credit in error, the correct McPherson/Foreman credit being used for subsequent releases). The band first began performing the song at live shows in April 1980.
It was released as a single on September 5, 1980 and spent 20 weeks in UK charts, reaching a high of #3. It was the 11th best-selling single of 1980 in the UK.
The music video of this song was shot in a school and park of Kentish Town
. The band's saxophone
player, Lee Thompson
decided he wanted to fly through the air for his solo, with the use of wires hanging from a crane. The resulting shot is one of the most popular of any Madness music videos. Thompson recreated the moment live at the band's reunion concert in 1992, Madstock!
, during the band's 2007 Christmas tour, the 2009 Glastonbury Festival
as well as at a 2011 TV advert for Kronenbourg 1664 in which an aging group plays a slow version of Baggy Trousers.
The video was met with a great critical response from the... Read More