The Rise And Fall (Expanded Edition)

Compact Disc (2CD)

Union Square Music, BMG


United Kingdom


The Rise & Fall, the fourth studio album by Madness, stands out for its bold experimentation with a diverse range of musical styles. Released on 8 October 1982 by Stiff Records, it showcases a fusion of jazz, English music hall, and Eastern influences. This musical diversity, coupled with its conceptual depth, led NME to hail it as ‘the best Madness record’ upon its release, a sentiment echoed in its retrospective recognition as a concept album.

This expanded 2-CD reissue includes 17 bonus tracks and is housed in a 6-panel double Digifile with a 24-page booklet with exclusive liner notes by journalist Stevie Chick, which include interviews with band members Lee’ Kix’ Thompson, Mike Barson, Chrissy Boy Foreman, Graham (Suggs) McPherson, Daniel (Woody) Woodgate and Cathal (Chas Smash) Smyth.

While The Rise & Fall didn’t make it to the US market, its influence was undeniable. Several tracks from the album, including the iconic ‘Our House ‘, were later featured on the 1983 Madness compilation, which became the band’s only top 10 hit in America.

Initially conceived as a concept album about nostalgia for childhood, the concept was eventually dropped. However, the original theme is still evident, particularly in the title track and the album’s major hit, “Our House”. This theme was also mentioned recently when interviewed as part of “T in the Park” music festival highlights, where their lead vocalist Suggs claimed that all the band members were told to write about their childhood memories for The Rise & Fall (although he did say that their keyboardist Mike Barson got the wrong idea, and went off and wrote about New Delhi).

Madness, known for their apolitical stance, took a bold step with the track ‘Blue Skinned Beast’. This song was a direct satire on then-UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her handling of the Falklands War. This marked a significant shift in the band’s approach, paving the way for more political commentary on their subsequent albums. The impact of this shift cannot be overstated, as it not only challenged the band’s previous stance but also set the stage for their future musical direction.

The album cover photo was shot just west of Camden Town at the Primrose Hill viewpoint. It looks southeast towards central London, with the BT Tower on the horizon; interestingly, a mushroom cloud was added to the photograph; you can find it on the right side of the back cover, on the horizon.


Territory: United Kingdom

Release Date: May 26, 2023
Format: Compact Disc (2CD)
Limited Edition: No

Label: Union Square Music, BMG

Catalogue Number: BMGCAT593CD
Barcode: 4 050538 829334

Manufactured: Germany

Disc Colour: Silver
Pressing: 7th Reissue
Release Type: Official



House Of Fun 05/10/1982
Driving In My Car 07/12/1982
Our House 11/15/1982
Tomorrow's (Just Another Day) / Madness (Is All In The Mind) 02/07/1983


1 1 Rise And Fall 3:17
1 2 Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day) 3:11
1 3 Blue Skinned Beast 3:23
1 4 Primrose Hill 3:36
1 5 Mr. Speaker (Gets The Word) 3:01
1 6 Sunday Morning 4:03
1 7 Our House 3:23
1 8 Tiptoes 3:30
1 9 New Delhi 3:41
1 10 That Face 3:40
1 11 Calling Cards 2:20
1 12 Are You Coming (With Me) 3:17
1 13 Madness (Is All in the Mind) 2:53
2 1 Rise And Fall BBC The Kid Jensen Session 2:38
2 2 Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day) BBC The Kid Jensen Session 3:01
2 3 Calling Cards BBC The Kid Jensen Session 2:05
2 4 Are You Coming (With Me) BBC The Kid Jensen Session 2:46
2 5 House of Fun 7" Single 3:00
2 6 Driving In My Car 7" Single 3:18
2 7 Our House 12" Extended Version 5:58
2 8 Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day) Warped 12" Single 3:46
2 9 Don't Look Back B-Side, House Of Fun 7" 3:35
2 10 Animal Farm (Tomorrow's Dream Warp Mix) B-Side, Driving In My Car 12" 4:04
2 11 Riding On My Bike B-Side, Driving In My Car 12" 5:37
2 12 Our House 12" US Mad House Instrumental Mix 4:39
2 13 Walking with Mr. Wheeze B-Side, Our House 7" 3:33
2 14 Blue Skinned Beast Blue Beast (Warp Mix) B-Side, Tomorrow's (Just Another Day) 12" 3:16
2 15 Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day) feat. Elvis Costello, B-Side, Tomorrow's (Just Another Day) 12" 2:57
2 16 Our House Stretch Mix, DJ Promo Single 5:32
2 17 The National Anthem 1:14


Mike Barson Keyboards Band
Chris Foreman Guitar Band
Lee Thompson Vocals, Tenor Saxophone Band
Mark Bedford Bass Band
Daniel Woodgate Drums Band
Graham McPherson Vocals Band
Cathal Smyth Vocals, Trumpet Band
Geraldo D'Arbilly Percussion Band


Producer Clive Langer
Producer Alan Winstanley
Engineer David Woolley
Engineer Jeremy Allom
Recording Studio Air Studios
Recording Studio Maida Vale Studio 4
Mixing Facility Rushent's Mansion Genetic Studios
Orchestrator David Bedford Brass Band, Strings
Photographer Laurie Lewis Front Cover Photo
Photographer Virginia Turbett
Graphic Design Stiff Art Department Original Graphic Design
Producer John Sparrow BBC The Kid Jensen Session (Disc 2, Tracks 1-4)
Engineer Mike Robinson BBC The Kid Jensen Session (Disc 2, Tracks 1-4)
Engineer Miti Adhikari BBC The Kid Jensen Session (Disc 2, Tracks 1-4)
Remastered By Turan Audio Ltd.
Writer Stevie Chick Liner Notes: As told to...
Band Lee Thompson Liner Notes
Band Mike Barson Liner Notes
Band Graham McPherson Liner Notes
Band Chris Foreman Liner Notes
Band Cathal Smyth Liner Notes
Band Daniel Woodgate Liner Notes


Copyright © BMG Rights Management (UK)
Phonographic Copyright ℗ BMG Rights Management (UK)
Licensed From Stirling Holdings Limited
Licensed To Union Square Music Ltd., a BMG Company.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ BBC Studios Distribution Ltd. BBC The Kid Jensen Session (Disc 2, Tracks 1-4)


Record Label BMG
Publisher EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Publisher Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd.


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