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!


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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Playing Ourselves: The SSM Review of “The Get Up!”

What is the best way to do a music livestream without an audience? During the pandemic, artists have come up with many different approaches to performing for distant fans. We’ve seen unplugged living room sessions. We’ve seen bands looking embarrassed in silent rehearsal spaces. We’ve seen lavish special effects, camerawork and choreography yielding something more …

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New 2022 U.S. Tour Dates and Global Livestream Announced

It’s a big day in Madness news with official confirmation of the re-rescheduled U.S. tour, plus a major livestream event coming in May. First we have this new slate of 2022 dates in America, following some piecemeal announcements and contradictory information. We look forward to welcoming our Nutty Boys at the following gigs: 5/26/20225/27/2022 The …

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Nowt Boats to Cairo

It’s just gone loon, won’t get fixed soonOn the banks of Suez Canal Gigantic boat, only half-afloatCaptain’s made a clueless foul Rotten luck, he says, from the Gulf of Suez Sideways across the whole canalIn his nutty fez, worse than Exxon Valdez As the rest of the ships all scowl 220K tons canned, stuck beached on dry landLike …

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