Can't Touch Us Now

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Can't Touch Us Now
Madness Can't Touch Us Now Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released28 October 2016
StudioToe Rag Studios, London
Iguana Studio, London
LabelLucky 7
ProducerClive Langer, Liam Watson, Charlie Andrew, Madness[1]
Madness chronology
The Very Best of Madness
Can't Touch Us Now
Singles from Can't Touch Us Now
  1. "Mr. Apples"
    Released: 7 September 2016
  2. "Herbert"
    Released: 14 October 2016
  3. "Can't Touch Us Now"
    Released: 16 December 2016
  4. "Another Version of Me"
    Released: 24 February 2017
  5. "(Don’t Let Them Catch You) Crying"
    Released: 6 July 2017 [2]

Can't Touch Us Now is the eleventh studio album by the British band Madness, released on their Lucky 7 Records label through Universal Music Catalogue (UMC) on 28 October 2016. The album marked the return of founder member Mark Bedford but the departure of Cathal Smyth (Chas Smash).


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[4]
Financial Times3/5 stars[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
The Independent3/5 stars[7]

The first single from the album, "Mr. Apples", was released in September 2016 and A-listed on BBC Radio 2.[8] For the first time since Sugar And Spice in 2009 a scripted video was released. The song "Herbert" was released as a teaser on 14 October 2016, two weeks prior to the album.[9] It was accompanied by an animated lyric video in the style of the album's artwork. On Friday 18 November, at the start of the 2016 "House of Fun Weekender" at Butlin's, the band announced title track "Can't Touch Us Now" as the second single from the album, accompanied by a brand new video which contained a performance by the band and footage from the album's ad.

Track listing[edit]

1."Can't Touch Us Now"Chris Foreman, Lee Thompson4:13
2."Good Times"Dan Woodgate, Nick Woodgate2:53
3."Mr. Apples"Graham McPherson3:38
4."I Believe"Mike Barson, Thompson3:44
5."Grandslam"Foreman, McPherson2:35
6."Blackbird"Foreman, McPherson4:03
7."You Are My Everything"Barson4:08
8."Another Version of Me"D. Woodgate, N. Woodgate2:40
9."Mumbo Jumbo"Keith Finch, Thompson3:23
10."Herbert"Barson, McPherson3:57
11."Don't Leave the Past Behind You"D. Woodgate, N. Woodgate2:45
12."(Don't Let Them) Catch You Crying"Foreman, Thompson4:10
13."Pam the Hawk"Barson, McPherson4:37
14."Given the Opportunity"Foreman, Thompson3:31
15."Soul Denying"Barson, Thompson5:13
16."Whistle in the Dark"Barson, Thompson3:29
Total length:58:59


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[10]

Additional personnel



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  2. ^’t-let-them-catch-you-crying-leo-zero-remixes-6286366
  3. ^ "Reviews for Can't Touch Us Now by Madness". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  4. ^ Deming, Mark. "Review of Can't Touch Us Now". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  5. ^ Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (28 October 2016). "Madness: Can't Touch Us Now — review". Financial Times. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  6. ^ Dennis, Jon (27 October 2016). "Madness: Can't Touch Us Now review – ska-pop legends as entertaining as ever". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  7. ^ Gill, Andy (26 October 2016). "Album reviews: Empire Of The Sun - Two Vines, Madness - Can't Touch Us Now, Courteeners, and more". The Independent. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  8. ^ Madness – Mr. Apples at Discogs
  9. ^ Madness – Herbert at Discogs
  10. ^ Can't Touch Us Now liner notes. Lucky 7 Records. 2016.
  11. ^ " – Madness – Can't Touch Us Now" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  12. ^ " – Madness – Can't Touch Us Now" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  13. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 44, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  16. ^ "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 – 2016". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 December 2016.

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