Shut Up (Madness song)

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"Shut Up"
Single by Madness
from the album 7
Released September 11, 1981
Format 7"
Recorded 1981
Genre Pop, new wave
Length 3:23
Label Stiff Records
Writer(s) Graham McPherson (lyrics)
Chris Foreman (music)
Producer(s) Clive Langer
Alan Winstanley
Madness singles chronology
"Grey Day"
"Shut Up"
"It Must Be Love"
7 track listing
Side One
  1. "Cardiac Arrest"
  2. "Shut Up"
  3. "Sign of the Times"
  4. "Missing You"
  5. "Mrs. Hutchinson"
  6. "Tomorrow's Dream"
Side Two
  1. "Grey Day"
  2. "Pac-A-Mac"
  3. "Promises Promises"
  4. "Benny Bullfrog"
  5. "When Dawn Arrives"
  6. "The Opium Eaters"
  7. "Day on the Town"
Divine Madness track listing
"Grey Day"
"Shut Up"
"It Must Be Love"

"Shut Up" is a pop song written by Suggs and Chris Foreman.[1] It was recorded by British pop/ska band Madness, and was featured on the band's third album 7.[1] It was released as a single on September 11, 1981, spending 10 weeks in the UK Singles Chart.[2] It reached a high position of number 7.[2]

The song tells a story of a criminal who, despite obvious evidence, tries to convince people he is not guilty. Even though the song is called "Shut Up", the two words do not appear in the lyrics at all. However, they were the final words of an additional verse which was part of an early version of the song.

Music video[edit]

The promotional video for the single released featured the band dressed as a group of criminals, then later as policemen, while lead singer Suggs remained dressed as a villain. In one sequence, the costumed band gather round as Chris Foreman (in police uniform) plays the song's guitar solo on the "Super Yob" guitar, previously owned by Dave Hill of Slade.


In addition to its single release and appearance on the album 7, "Shut Up" also appears on the Madness collections Complete Madness, It's... Madness Too, The Business, Divine Madness (a.k.a. The Heavy Heavy Hits) and Our House. It also features on two US Madness compilations, Madness and Total Madness.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Shut Up".

  • 7" Single
  1. "Shut Up" (McPherson/Foreman) - 3:23
  2. "A Town With No Name" (Foreman) - 2:52
  • 12" Single
  1. "Shut Up (full length version)" (McPherson/Foreman) - 4:05
  2. "Never Ask Twice" (McPherson/Barson) - 3:03
  3. "A Town With No Name" (Foreman) - 2:52
  • Dutch 12" Single (STIFF BUY-IT 126, released with "12 INCH" a title)
  1. "Shut Up" (McPherson/Foreman) - 3:55
  2. "Day On The Town" (McPherson/Foreman) - 2:50
  3. "Never Ask Twice" (McPherson/Barson) - 2:55
  4. "A Town With No Name" (Foreman) - 2:45

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
UK Singles Chart[3] 7 9


  1. ^ a b "" 7 overview"".  Retrieved on July 21, 2007.
  2. ^ a b ""The Madness Timeline: 1981"".  Retrieved on July 21, 2007.
  3. ^ Madness at Official Charts Company Retrieved 21 June 2013

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