Madness (Elton John song)
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|Song by Elton John from the album A Single Man|
|Released||October 16, 1978|
The Rocket Record Company
|Writer(s)||Elton John, Gary Osborne|
|Producer(s)||Clive Franks, Elton John|
|A Single Man track listing|
The song fades in from the previous track on the album "Shooting Star". The rhythm section is driven by a disco-esque 4/4 beat, and in the middle of the song, a string section is featured giving it a more modern feel. John also sings in a high falsetto range in the choruses. Towards the end of the song, the song gets more and more chaotic, fitting with the lyrics. The song fades out as John screams the lyrics.
This song deals with problems of the world, and there are many references to fires and catastrophes. The chaotic orchestration and melody illustrates that very well. There are also poverty and war issues mentioned, and a world that just doesn't understand peace. It has also been stated that the song was about the conflict in Northern Ireland.
- Elton John - piano, vocals
- Tim Renwick - Electric guitars
- Clive Franks - bass
- Steve Holly - drums
- Ray Cooper - congas, tambourine, timpani
- Paul Buckmaster - orchestral arrangements