A nutty night

PUBLISHED: 10:35 04 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:49 24 May 2010

CELEBRATE the sounds of one of the world's best loved bands when Complete Madness pay tribute to the 'nutty boys' at The Playhouse, Weston, on September 9

CELEBRATE the sounds of one of the world's best loved bands when Complete Madness pay tribute to the 'nutty boys' at The Playhouse, Weston, on September 9.Of all the bands from the ska revival era of the late 70s and early 80s, Madness were the most prolific, gaining 23 chart singles, several top 10 albums and spending more weeks in the charts in the 1980s than any other group. Their combination of comedy and the infectious fusion of ska and reggae beats, as well as the loudest suits they could find, ensured Madness struck a chord with the public.Complete Madness recreate the Madness sound along with several other great ska bands of the time. The two-tone music-lovers in the band are passionate Madness fans and their sets include all the hits from the early days up to and including Madness' latest hits. They recreate the ska-rooted 'nutty' sound which earned Madness a haul of hits and inject so much energy into their performance that audiences will see that this five piece tribute really are nutty about Madness. The Complete Madness live theatre show includes chart toppers Baggy Trousers, House Of Fun, (I Like) Driving In My Car, Our House, It Must Be Love and One Step Beyond among others.The first half of the evening will chart the history and background of Madness and features their well-known hits with narrative links, while the second half provides ska hits which influenced or were influenced by Madness and includes tracks by Bad Manners, The Specials and The Beat.Complete Madness consists of Mark Keegan on lead vocals, Derek Wood on guitar, Will Forrester on saxophone, CJ Collier on keyboards and Brett Biggs on drums. In addition to the music the show features crazy costumes, comedy and lots of cheeky banter.For tickets, priced £12, call 01934 645544. The show starts at 8pm.

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