Mark Bedford


Madness Discography - Mark (Bedders) Bedford


Nickname: Bedders

Full Name: Mark William Bedford

Date of Birth: 08/24/1961

Place of Birth: Islington, London, England


Mark William Bedford was born on 24 August 1961, in Islington, London, England. He started to buy records at the age of 11 or 12. Around this time, he listened to music in the charts and North American artists such as Neil Young. He began to play bass guitar at the age of 13 in order to accompany friends who played the guitar.

Bedford attended William Ellis School in Kentish Town and met members of the North London Invaders at one of their gigs. He was asked to a band rehearsal and was impressed by the musicianship on display. Bedford was friends with the Invaders’ drummer Gary Dovey, but after a confrontation with saxophonist Lee Thompson, Dovey left the band. Bedford brought Dan Woodgate into the band, and he was introduced as the final member of the then six-piece group which became Madness.

Although not a major songwriter in Madness, Bedford co-wrote one of the band’s more emotive songs “One Better Day” with Suggs. He was also responsible for co-writing “Not Home Today”, “Disappear”, “Return of the Los Palmas 7“, “Deceives the Eye“, “Stepping into Line” and “Maybe in Another Life”. The only song he wrote entirely on his own was “Mummy’s Boy“, which appeared on the band’s debut album One Step Beyond…

Bedford’s stage performances with Madness became more sporadic after 2009; he did not tour with the band in Australia in the early part of that year, though he did feature as a full member of the band on their album The Liberty of Norton Folgate released that May. Suggs stated: “It’s like the Eagles song [‘Hotel California’]. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave…There’s a lot of flexibility, allowing people to be what they want to be, and do what they want.”

Bedford took no part in the recording of Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da but he appeared in a TV advert with the group, promoting a popular beer. He also performed with the band on the roof of Buckingham Palace in June 2012 as part of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Concert and for the band’s appearance in August at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony. He also appeared with the band on 22 March 2013 when the group performed at the official closing ceremony of BBC Television Centre in London.


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