Divine Madness (Madness album)

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Divine Madness
Greatest hits album by Madness
Released 24 February 1992
Recorded 1979-1986
Genre
Label Virgin Records
Madness chronology
It's... Madness Too
(1991)
Divine Madness
(1992)
Madstock!
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link

Divine Madness is the 1992 greatest hits album from the British ska/pop band Madness.

It presents the group's single A-sides in chronological order, though sometimes in their LP rather than single versions. The 1992/1995 Japanese CD versions add In The City, which was a single there.

The album peaked at number 1 in the UK charts, and it eventually led to a Madness reunion and their first concert in six years (which was recorded for their Madstock! album).

Divine Madness was also released as a video and eventually DVD with all Madness music videos, including "Bed & Breakfast Man", "Sweetest Girl" and "I Pronounce You", the latter performed by spin-off group The Madness. The group's Japanese TV adverts for Honda City cars were also included.

The album was re-packaged in 1998 as The Heavy Heavy Hits with the addition of the single version of "The Sweetest Girl" (placed in its correct chronological position after "Uncle Sam").

In 2000 it was re-issued, under its original title of Divine Madness, with the further singles Lovestruck and Johnny the Horse included. Also the album versions of The Prince, One Step Beyond..., The Return Of The Los Palmas 7, Cardiac Arrest and Tomorrow's Just Another Day were replaced with the single versions. Also featured is the first appearance of a peculiarly edited version of Shut Up which, at 2:51, fades out 35 seconds short of the actual single version.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Prince"
  2. "One Step Beyond"
  3. "My Girl"
  4. "Night Boat to Cairo"
  5. "Baggy Trousers"
  6. "Embarrassment"
  7. "The Return of the Los Palmas 7"
  8. "Grey Day"
  9. "Shut Up"
  10. "It Must Be Love"
  11. "Cardiac Arrest"
  12. "House of Fun"
  13. "Driving in My Car"
  14. "Our House"
  15. "Tomorrow's Just Another Day"
  16. "Wings of a Dove"
  17. "The Sun and the Rain"
  18. "Michael Caine"
  19. "One Better Day"
  20. "Yesterday's Men"
  21. "Uncle Sam"
  22. "(Waiting for the) Ghost Train"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Dutch Albums Chart[1] 56 9
Preceded by
Stars by Simply Red
UK number one album
8 – 28 March 1992
Succeeded by
Human Touch by Bruce Springsteen

References[edit]

  1. ^ Divine Madness at Dutch Charts Retrieved 20 June 2013