U.S. Madness Fan Service

Welcome, Nutty Americans!

Stateside Madness is proud to be the United States affiliate of the Madness Information Service, the band’s premier fan organization. We’re here bringing American Madness fans together as the band keeps going strong after 40+ years, with fun essays, articles and memes on Madness from our unique American perspective.

Part of our mission at SSM is to help the Madness organization reach out to us fans on this side of the pond, as a way to gauge interest in future U.S. tours, releases and promotion. So WE NEED YOUR HELP to let the Nutty Boys know how much the Yanks still love ’em!

You want to see more Madness in the USA? Well listen, buster… you got to help us with your eyeballs and your tweets! Please like SSM on Facebook and join our Facebook discussion group (restricted to U.S. fans only). Listen to our Stateside Madness Podcast. And you can find us on Twitter and Instagram as well. Tell all your friends, post, share, retweet. Let’s make Stateside Madness absolutely huge. Stay tuned and stay nutty!


B-side Myself with “The Business”

I’ve previously detailed my herculean labors to acquire the albums 7 and The Rise and Fall on imported vinyl, but tracking down the singles and B-sides was another magnitude of difficulty for us American fans. Mail-order catalogues and record shops seldom had anything on offer from Madness aside from the albums. I was only vaguely …

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Madness 2022 U.S. Tour Canceled

Will Madness ever come sailing across the sea to be with their Uncle Sam? Not in 2022. The U.S. tour first slated for 2020 has now been scuttled for a third time. In contrast to the previous postponements, this time the dire word “cancel” is invoked and ticket refunds are being issued outright, despite a …

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Cheesesteaks Meet Bacon Sarnies: Madness in Philadelphia, 1980

This vintage article from a 1980 edition of the Aquarian Weekly newspaper documents Madness’ visit to Philadelphia to kick off their second U.S. tour. It’s amusing to note how journalist Asia Locke caught Woody’s surname as “Woods,” which is understandable given how often we’ve seen Suggs or Carl playfully introduce him as “Woody Woods Woodgate.” …

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SSM at House of Fun 2021: Watch Poly’s Travelogue!

And so we face the final curtain – one year late. Yes, the tenth and concluding House of Fun Weekender is finally upon us, November 19-22, 2021. For a landmark Madness event this monumental and epoch-defining, Stateside Madness has dispatched a U.S. ambassador to Minehead: our very own Poly Collins, SSM managing director and beloved podcast …

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Zombies (Are All into Brains)

Grrr-buhdurrr…Hurr-buhdurrrr… I’ve never had much cause for worryAnd I’ve not got a home or bed.You’ll never find me in a hurryBecause I live my life walking dead. People say that I’m creepy,But I crave human remains.I know what I know from George A. Romero,That zombies are all into brains. Fresh cerebrums are all that I …

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Book Review: Lee Thompson’s “Growing Out of It”

I got my copy of Lee Thompson’s memoir upon its release in April 2021, the limited edition autographed hardcover. Growing Out of It: Machinations Before Madness looks very smart alongside the other Madness and Suggs volumes on my bookshelf, where I must confess the book sat untouched for months. The timing of publication wasn’t ideal, …

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Behold the Chriscoiffian Calendar

In honor of Chris Foreman’s 65th birthday, Stateside Madness managing director Poly Collins has compiled an incisive retrospective on Chrissy Boy’s evolving haircuts. Sit back and have a beer (or six) with Poly as he tracks the course of civilization as reckoned by the Chriscoiffian Calendar! It’s SHOWTIME! After that, tune in to the newest …

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The SSM Glossary of Norton Folgate

Editor’s Note: Welcome aboard our first guest blogger: Laurie Alfaro, Stateside Madness Social Media Director and Podcast Producer. Laurie has contributed this glossary in conjunction with her deep-dive podcast on The Liberty of Norton Folgate. Sit back, relax, and we’ll travel many a long dim silent street… together! – D. Trull In 2009, Madness released …

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