One Step Beyond...

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One Step Beyond...
Studio album by
Released19 October 1979[1]
RecordedSeptember 1979[2]
LabelStiff (Europe)
Sire (North America)
Madness chronology
One Step Beyond...
Work Rest and Play
Singles from One Step Beyond...
  1. "The Prince (single version from 2 Tone Records)"
    Released: 10 August 1979
  2. "One Step Beyond"
    Released: 26 October 1979
  3. "My Girl"
    Released: 21 December 1979
  4. "Night Boat to Cairo (from Work Rest and Play EP)"
    Released: March 1980

One Step Beyond . . . is the debut studio album by the British ska-pop group Madness, released by Stiff Records. Recorded and mixed in about three weeks, the album peaked at number two and remained on the UK Albums Chart for more than a year. The album has received much critical praise. It was ranked 90th in a 2005 survey held by British television station Channel 4 to determine the 100 greatest albums of all time.

This was the first album produced by the team of Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, who would go on to produce more Madness albums and to work with artists including Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Morrissey, Dexys Midnight Runners, They Might Be Giants and David Bowie.


The "Nutty Train" photo on the sleeve, shot by Cameron McVey, was inspired by a photo of Kilburn and the High Roads roadie Paul Tonkin that appeared on the back cover of the band's album Handsome.[6]

The title track, released as a single, was originally written and recorded by the Jamaican ska musician Prince Buster, and its "Don't watch that, watch this ..." introduction is adapted from another Prince Buster song, "The Scorcher". The track "The Prince" is a tribute to Buster and a re-recording of the band's debut single, originally released on the 2 Tone label.[7] Its B-side, "Madness", another Prince Buster song, was also re-recorded for the album. "Madness" and "Bed and Breakfast Man" were released as singles in North America through Sire Records.[8]

After the album's initial release, reissues were released in 2009 and 2014 by Union Square Music's collector's label Salvo,[9] each containing additional material such as video productions featuring the band.

Critical reception & Legacy[edit]

This album, along with the Specials' self-titled debut—released on the same day in October 1979—played an important part in popularising 2 tone music in the UK. These albums were also a great influence on other bands of the genre.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideB+[10]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[11]
Record Collector[14]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[3]
Smash Hits6/10[15]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."One Step Beyond"Cecil Campbell2:18
2."My Girl"Mike Barson2:44
3."Night Boat to Cairo"3:31
4."Believe Me"
  • John Hasler
  • Barson
5."Land of Hope & Glory"Lee Thompson2:57
6."The Prince"Thompson3:18
7."Tarzan's Nuts"
Side two
8."In the Middle of the Night"
9."Bed and Breakfast Man"Barson2:33
10."Razor Blade Alley"Thompson2:42
11."Swan Lake"
12."Rockin' in A♭"Willy "Wurlitzer" Smith2:29
13."Mummy's Boy"Mark Bedford2:23
15."Chipmunks Are Go!"
  • Brendan Smyth
  • Smash

Extra material[edit]

The 2009 reissue also includes the music videos for "The Prince", "One Step Beyond", "My Girl", "Night Boat to Cairo" and "Bed and Breakfast Man". The first four of these were also included on the version of One Step Beyond... issued as part of the box set The Lot. The bonus disc contains B-sides as well as all three songs previously only released on the Work Rest and Play EP in April 1980.

A 35th-anniversary edition was released in 2014. It includes 14 of 20 tracks from a 1979 rehearsal tape entitled "Fab Toones" and a DVD featuring videos, Top of the Pops and Old Grey Whistle Test appearances and a BBC documentary.[16]

2009 reissue[edit]

Disc 1
The original album
  • The first disc contains the fifteen tracks from the original album plus five promo videos.
The promo videos
1."The Prince" 
2."One Step Beyond..." 
3."Bed and Breakfast Man" 
4."My Girl" 
5."Night Boat to Cairo" 
Disc 2
The John Peel Session
1."The Prince"Thompson2:31
2."Bed and Breakfast Man"Barson3:24
3."Land of Hope & Glory"Thompson2:42
4."Stepping into Line"
  • Hasler
  • McPherson
  • Foreman
The bonus tracks
5."One Step Beyond" (7" single version)Campbell2:17
6."My Girl" (demo version with Mike Barson on vocals)Barson2:58
7."Mistakes" (B-side of "One Step Beyond")
  • Hasler
  • Barson
8."Un Paso Adelante" ("One Step Beyond" Spanish version)Campbell2:33
9."Nutty Theme" (B-side of "One Step Beyond" 12")
  • Thompson
  • McPherson
10."My Girl" (ballad version) (from Flexipop flexi disc)Barson2:28
11."Stepping into Line" (B-side of "My Girl")
  • Hasler
  • McPherson
  • Foreman
12."Un Passo Avanti" ("One Step Beyond" Italian version)Campbell2:22
13."Deceives the Eye" (Work Rest and Play EP)
  • Bedford
  • Foreman
14."The Young and the Old" (Work Rest and Play EP)
  • McPherson
  • Barson
15."Don't Quote Me on That" (Work Rest and Play EP)
  • Smyth
  • Barson
  • Foreman
  • McPherson
  • Bedford
  • Thompson
  • Woodgate
16."Razor Blade Alley" (Dance Craze live version)Thompson2:35
17."Night Boat to Cairo" (Dance Craze live version)
  • McPherson
  • Barson
18."One Step Beyond" (Dance Craze live version)Campbell2:53

2014 reissue[edit]

Original album
  • Contains the fifteen tracks from the original album plus fourteen bonus tracks.
'Fab Toones!' rehearsal tape, 1979
16."Nutty Sounds"
  • McPherson
  • Thompson
  • Bedford
  • Foreman
  • Hasler
  • Barson
18."Sunshine Voice"
  • Hasler
  • Barson
19."My Girl"Barson2:50
21."Believe Me"
  • McPherson
  • Barson
22."Lost My Head"
  • McPherson
  • Barson
23."Razorblade Alley"Thompson2:33
24."Land of Hope & Glory"Thompson2:47
25."Mummy's Boy"Bedford2:21
26."In the Middle of the Night"
  • McPherson
  • Foreman
27."You Said"
  • McPherson
  • Barson
28."Stepping into Line"
  • Hasler
  • McPherson
  • Foreman
29."Bed and Breakfast Man"Barson4:15
  • All bonus tracks are previously unreleased and recorded in mono on a portable cassette recorder on 28 April 1979.
  • The remaining six tracks from "Fab Toones!" were not included on the CD due to space constraints. However, these tracks were available as downloads.
31."My Mates"
  • Bedford
  • Barson
32."Shop Around"3:01
33."There's Always Something There to Remind Me"4:05
34."Swan Lake"
  • Tchaikovsky
  • arranged by Barson
35."Rockin' in A♭"Wurlitzer2:09


Singles and EP from the album
  • "The Prince" b/w "Madness" (2-Tone single version), August 1979
  • "One Step Beyond" (single mix) b/w "Mistakes" on the 7" Single, "One Step Beyond" (12" Mix) b/w "Mistakes", "Nutty Theme" on the 12" single, October 1979
  • "My Girl" b/w "Stepping Into Line" (plus "In the Rain" as an extra track on the UK 12" single), December 1979
  • Work Rest and Play EP ("Night Boat To Cairo", "Deceives the Eye", "The Young and the Old" and "Don't Quote Me On That"), March 1980
  • "Madness" b/w "Mistakes", US, March 1980
  • "Bed and Breakfast Man" b/w "Night Boat to Cairo", Canada, April 1980
  • "Tarzan's Nuts" b/w "Night Boat to Cairo" (Stiff 4338), The Netherlands, May 1980
  • "Don't Quote Me On That" (4:08 Mix) b/w "Swan Lake", 1980

Music videos[edit]

Five promotional music videos were filmed to promote the singles during the album's release. All of these, with the exception of “The Prince” (which was in fact a Top of the Pops performance only released in the UK and was used the single version for the video) were in rotation on MTV during its first few years. Some of these promo videos were also featured in other music TV outlets, such as Top of the Pops. However in 2022 Madness released two new videos for the album versions of “The Prince” and “Madness”, with footage taken from the 1981 Madness' documentary movie Take It or Leave It.

Year Video Director
1979 “The Prince” (Single version & Top of the Pops Performance Clip) Unknown
“One Step Beyond” Dave Robinson
“Bed and Breakfast Man”
“My Girl” Unknown
1980 “Night Boat to Cairo” Unknown
2022 “The Prince” (Album version) Dave Robinson

Chart performance[edit]

Original album[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
Austrian Albums Chart[17] 11 10
Finnish Albums Chart[18] 23 6
Dutch Albums Chart[19] 22 12
German Albums Chart[20] 14 37
New Zealand Albums Chart[21] 27 9
Norwegian Albums Chart[22] 24 7
Swedish Albums Chart[23] 12 7
UK Albums Chart[24] 2 78
US Billboard Hot 200[25] 128 9

30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
UK Albums Chart[26] 67 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[27] 46


Date Single Chart Position[26] Weeks
Sep 1979 "The Prince" (single version) UK 16 11
Nov 1979 "One Step Beyond" UK 7 14
Jan 1980 "My Girl" UK 3 10
Apr 1980 "Night Boat to Cairo" UK 6 8

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[28] Gold 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Platinum 300,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


Additional personnel
NOTE: Smyth was not an official member of the band at the time of the album's recording or release. He would formally join Madness only a few weeks after One Step Beyond... was issued in October 1979.
  • John Hasler – minder
2009 reissue
  • Tim Turan – remastering
  • Bob Sargeant – producer on John Peel sessions
  • Malcolm Brown – engineer on John Peel sessions
  • Bob Jones – engineer on John Peel sessions
  • Madness – producer on bonus tracks 6 and 10
  • Martin "Cally" Callomon – design, art direction
  • Kerstin Rodgers – photography
  • Irvine Welsh – liner notes
2014 reissue
  • Tim Turan – remastering
  • Stevie Chick – liner notes


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