Sunday Side Up Brit Bunch: "It Must Be Love" by Madness

John Lockwood
March 12, 2021

Madness is an English Ska band from Camden Town, North London. Formed in 1976, they were one of the most prominent bands in the late 70s and early 80s during the two- tone ska revival. Two- tone is a genre of British popular music that fused traditional Jamaican ska music within elements of pop and new wave ("One Step Beyond," anyone?).

Following the success of their biggest international hit, "Our House," Madness rereleased "It Must Be Love" in 1983, where it reached #4 in the U.K. and #33 on the Billboard charts.

Fun Fact: "It Must Be Love" is a song written and originally recorded by Labi Siffre in 1971. He also appears in the Madness video for the song as a violin player.

Fun Fact: In 2012, its was featured in a U.S. ad for the Volkswagen Passat.

If you'll excuse me, "Night Boat to Cairo" is calling...

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