Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da

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Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da
Qui Qui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released29 October 2012
StudioAssault & Battery 2, London
Brando's Paradise, San Gabriel
Air Edel, London
Iguana Studio, London
Metropolis, London
The Premises Studios, London
Toe Rag Studios, London
The Yard, London
LabelLucky 7 Records/Cooking Vinyl
ProducerCharlie Andrew, John Avila, Clive Langer, Owen Morris, Stephen Street, Liam Watson
Madness chronology
Forever Young The Ska Collection
Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da
The Very Best of Madness
Singles from Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da
  1. "Death of a Rude Boy"
    Released: 12 August 2012 (pre-release give away download)
  2. "My Girl 2 (official first single)"
    Released: 30 September 2012 (download only)
  3. "Never Knew Your Name"
    Released: January 2013 (MP3 from album)
  4. "How Can I Tell You"
    Released: 8 April 2013 (download only)

Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da is the tenth studio album by the British band Madness, released on their own Lucky 7 Records label through Cooking Vinyl in the United Kingdom on 29 October 2012 and in the United States on 13 November 2012.[1] The album does not feature founding member and bassist Mark Bedford, who was on hiatus from the band at the time. The album cover is by Peter Blake and features rejected titles for the album crossed out.[1] The album was preceded by a 'teaser' song, "Death of a Rude Boy", available as a digital download from 12 August 2012 (along with a remix by Andrew Weatherall).

Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da debuted at number No. 10 in the UK Albums Chart on 4 November 2012, becoming Madness' seventh studio album out of ten to reach the top 10 in the UK. It received favourable reviews in Q, Mojo, The Arts Desk and London evening newspaper Evening Standard amongst others, the notable exception being a poor review in the NME.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
Daily Express3/5 stars[4]
The Independent3/5 stars[5]
Metro4/5 stars[6]
The Montreal Gazette3.5/4 stars[7]
The Observer3/5 stars[9]
Punknews.org3.5/5 stars[10]
The Scotsman3/5 stars[11]
State3/5 stars[12]

The first single from the album – "My Girl 2" – was released in September 2012.

"Never Knew Your Name" was the second single off the album, released in January 2013. Early that month it was added to the BBC Radio 2 A-list (high rotation), making the song their biggest airplay hit since 1999's Top 10 hit "Lovestruck". "Never Knew Your Name" reached UK Airplay Chart Top 25 and No. 88 in the UK Singles Chart. After performing the song on the Jonathan Ross Show on 19 January, the album stormed back into the Amazon Album Top 3 and iTunes Top 20. It re-entered the UK Album Top 75 at No. 16 on 27 January.

On 22 February 2013 Chris Evans debuted "How Can I Tell You" as the new (third) single from the album during his Breakfast Show in which Suggs was his guest, it soon joined "BBC Radio 2's and "106.9FM WHCR"'s playlists. It was released on Monday 8 April on iTunes with an extra live version and a demo version by Chas Smash. In the same week, the single landed on BBC Radio 2's A list.

The fourth single off the album – "Misery" – was released in July 2013, and landed on BBC Radio 2's C-list on 15 June 2013.

Deluxe 3-CD version[edit]

Guitar player Chris Foreman mentioned a planned box set version of the album, expected to be released in May 2013. On 28 February 2013, it was revealed the album would be re-released in a deluxe version, with an extra CD containing 20 songs in total including various original tracks not included on the album, a series of band demos and remixes and a John Lennon cover. This second CD's demo versions do not all feature Suggs on vocals, with "Black and Blue", "My Girl 2" and "Never Knew Your Name" having Mike Barson on vocals, "Death of a Rude Boy", "Misery" and "So Alive" feature Chas Smash on lead vocals, and "Rules of Deolali" and "Check Mate La Luna" being instrumentals, and the final demo, "I Got You (Kitchen Floor)" features Daniel Woodgate's brother Nick on vocals and a variety of instruments instead of Madness. A DVD of the band's performance of the album at the Butlins "House of Fun" Weekender from 2011, along with a live CD of the following year's gig is also included. The latter CD also features Foreman's karaoke version of the Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" and Ian Dury's "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll".

The deluxe version features new artwork, featuring the band in various fancy dress costumes representing the different rejected titles for the album, in a similar vein to the cover of their The Rise and Fall album from 1982. It is also notable for being the first appearance of Sir Peter Blake on a record cover, who has never featured on any album artwork despite designing some of the most celebrated record sleeves in British music history.

Track listing[edit]

CD One
1."My Girl 2"Mike BarsonLiam Watson2:51
2."Never Knew Your Name"Mike BarsonStephen Street3:28
3."La Luna" (a.k.a. La Luna El Mariachi)Graham McPherson, Chris ForemanJohn Avila, Charlie Andrew3:38
4."How Can I Tell You?"Graham McPherson, Cathal SmythStephen Street3:18
5."Kitchen Floor"Daniel Woodgate, Nick WoodgateOwen Morris3:21
6."Misery"Cathal SmythOwen Morris3:16
7."Leon"Daniel Woodgate, Nick WoodgateCharlie Andrew3:48
8."Circus Freaks"Lee Thompson, Daniel WoodgateOwen Morris3:15
9."So Alive"Cathal SmythOwen Morris2:58
10."Small World"Daniel WoodgateCharlie Andrew3:46
11."Death of a Rude Boy"Cathal SmythStephen Street3:50
CD One – "Bonus tracks"
(Note that these tracks appear on all versions of the album, but are nonetheless promoted as bonus tracks)
12."Powder Blue"Mike Barson, Graham McPhersonCharlie Andrew, Clive Langer3:47
13."Black and Blue"Mike BarsonCharlie Andrew3:01
14."My Girl 2 (Clive Langer And Charlie Andréw Mix)"Mike BarsonClive Langer, Charlie Andrew3:01

Deluxe Edition CD2

  1. "Deolali"
  2. "1978"
  3. "My Obsession"
  4. "Big Time Sister"
  5. "Oh My Love" (John Lennon)
  6. "Crying"
  7. "(You) Can't Keep A Good Thing Down"
  8. "Never Knew Your Name" (La Discothèque mix)
  9. "La Luna" (mix Number Six)
  10. "Circus Freaks" (Amy mix)
  11. "Powder Blue (Rehearsal Room Mix)"
  12. "Death of a Rude Boy" (Demo)
  13. "My Girl 2" (Demo)
  14. "Never Knew Your Name" (Demo)
  15. "I've Got You (Kitchen Floor)" (Demo)
  16. "Misery" (Demo)
  17. "Black & Blue" (Demo)
  18. "So Alive" (Demo)
  19. "Check Mate La Luna" (Demo)
  20. "Rules of Deolali" (Demo)

Deluxe Edition CD3 - House of Fun Weekender, Butlins Minehead 23.11.12

  1. Intro
  2. My Girl 2
  3. Never Knew Your Name
  4. La Luna
  5. How Can I Tell You
  6. Kitchen Floor
  7. Misery
  8. Leon
  9. Circus Freaks
  10. So Alive... False Start
  11. So Alive
  12. Small World
  13. Death Of A Rude Boy
  14. Black And Blue
  15. Fight For Your Right To Party
  16. Big Time Sister
  17. Deolali
  18. Powder Blue
  19. Sex And Drugs And Rock N Roll
  20. Our House
  21. It Must Be Love

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2012-2013) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 171
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 140
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[15] 37
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 94
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 10
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[18] 1


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[19]

Additional personnel
Production personnel


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  19. ^ Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da liner notes. Lucky 7 Records/Cooking Vinyl. 2012.

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