" is a song by British band Madness
from their 1984 album Keep Moving
, and was released as a single in the same year. "Michael Caine", written by the unique pairing of Carl Smyth
and Daniel Woodgate
, featured Smyth on lead vocals, which was unlike most Madness songs, which were sung by Suggs
. "Michael Caine" was released in February 1984, and spent 8 weeks in British charts peaking at number 11.
The song is about an informer during the troubles in Northern Ireland. It is named after famous English actor Michael Caine
and includes his vocal samples, recorded specifically for this song. When he was first approached to appear on the record, he initially turned the band down. But his daughter on hearing this made him change his mind, telling him how popular they were.
The German synthpop band And One
recorded a cover of the song on their album 9.9.99 9uhr
<!-- Deleted image removed: -->The music video was based on Michael Caine's film The IPCRESS File
and featured a light bulb being shot as seen in the title sequence from the television spy series Callan
. Due to the fact that it was shot on 35mm film (as opposed to the 16mm regularly used), the video took longer to complete than... Read More