Five things you might not know about Madness

Madness' lead singer Suggs
Madness' lead singer Suggs

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1) Madness spent 214 weeks on the UK singles chart during the 1980s. It was the joint highest total for the decade with UB40, but Madness achieved it in a shorter time (1980-1986).

2) Madness have had 15 singles reach the UK top ten, with one song achieving the coveted number one spot - House of Fun.

3) The core of the band formed as The North London Invaders in 1976 and became Madness in 1979.

4) In 1981 the band starred in a drama-documentary called Take It or Leave It about their early days as a band.

5) In October they released a new album Can’t Touch Us Now.