Embarrassment EP

12" Vinyl (45 RPM)

Union Square Music, BMG


United Kingdom


“Embarrassment,” another timeless classic from Madness, shares a similar fate with “Baggy Trousers” in the sense that it never received the lavish 12″ treatment during its original release in the 1980s. However, the tide is turning once again, and Record Store Day 2024 is poised to rectify this historical oversight by granting this Motown-inspired gem the grandeur of a 12″ release.

This eagerly anticipated EP, curated for RSD 2024, promises to be a treasure trove for fans and collectors alike. At its heart lies the original 7″ mix of “Embarrassment,” a sonic journey back to the infectious rhythms and poignant lyrics that captivated audiences decades ago. But the excitement doesn’t end there; the EP boasts an array of additional treats, elevating the listening experience to new heights.

One of the highlights is a previously unreleased instrumental version of “Embarrassment,” expertly crafted by the renowned Clive Langer. This instrumental rendition offers a fresh perspective on the track, stripping away the vocals to showcase the intricate instrumentation and masterful arrangements that underpin Madness’s distinctive sound.

But the EP doesn’t stop at just two tracks. In true Record Store Day fashion, it offers a curated selection of six songs, each carefully chosen to complement the main attraction. These additional tracks serve as a journey through Madness’s rich musical landscape, offering a glimpse into their creative evolution and enduring influence.

As fans eagerly await the arrival of this EP, anticipation builds for the moment when they can hold the 12″ vinyl in their hands, marveling at its artwork and savoring the sonic delights contained within. Record Store Day 2024 is set to be a celebration of music, nostalgia, and the enduring legacy of Madness, as “Embarrassment” finally takes its rightful place on the 12″ format, ready to be enjoyed by generations old and new.


Territory: United Kingdom

Release Date: April 20, 2024
Format: 12" Vinyl (45 RPM)
Limited Edition: No

Label: Union Square Music, BMG

Catalogue Number: BMGCAT868SV
Barcode: 4099964006155

Manufactured: Germany

Disc Colour: Black
Pressing: Original Pressing
Release Type: Official




1 A1 Embarrassment Original 7" Mix 3:04
1 A2 Not Home Today 2:44
1 A3 E.R.N.I.E. 2:09
1 B1 Embarrassment Instrumental (2024 Mix by Clive Langer) 3:06
1 B2 Crying Shame 2:40
1 B3 You Said 2:34


Mike Barson Vocals, Piano, Organ, Vibraphone, Marimba, Harmonica Band
Chris Foreman Guitar, Sitar, Slide Guitar Band
Lee Thompson Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone Band
Mark Bedford Bass Band
Daniel Woodgate Drums Band
Graham McPherson Vocals, Percussion Band
Cathal Smyth Trumpet Band


Producer Clive Langer
Producer Alan Winstanley


Phonographic Copyright ℗ Union Square Music Ltd., a BMG Company.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ Stirling Holdings Limited
Copyright © Union Square Music Ltd., a BMG Company.
Licensed To Union Square Music Ltd., a BMG Company.


Record Label BMG
Publisher EMI Music Publishing Ltd.


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