One Step Beyond…

7" Vinyl (45 RPM)

Stiff Records

640 177

France

BACKGROUND

“One Step Beyond” is a tune written by Jamaican ska singer Prince Buster as a B-side for his 1964 single “Al Capone”. Although Buster’s version was mostly instrumental except for the song title shouted for a few times, the Madness version features a spoken intro by Chas Smash and a barely audible but insistent background chant of “here we go!”. The spoken line, “Don’t watch that, watch this”, in the intro is from another Prince Buster song, “Scorcher” — and is also used at the start of Dave and Ansell Collins’ “Funky Funky Reggae” — whilst the next line “This is a heavy heavy monster sound” is taken from another Dave and Ansell Collins song, “Monkey Spanner”.

According to Alan Winstanley, one of the producers, the released Madness version was a rough mix, created by taking the original 1 minute 10 second instrumental and repeating it, with the second half treated with an Eventide harmonizer to make it sound slightly different. Langer and Winstanley intended to do a full remix but found that the double-length rough mix had already been sent for mastering before they got the opportunity. The cover art for the single is from a photoshoot by Cameron McVey. It is similar to the photograph used on the album cover art, but features the band in a slightly different pose.

RELEASE DETAILS

Territory: France

Release Date: October 26, 1979
Format: 7" Vinyl (45 RPM)
Limited Edition: No

Label: Stiff Records

Catalogue Number: 640 177

Manufactured: France

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

CHART HISTORY

SINGLES

TRACK LISTING

DiscPositionTrackVersionDuration
1 A1 One Step Beyond... 2:17
1 B1 Mistakes 2:52

MUSICANS

MusicanInstrumentRoleCredit
Mike Barson Keyboards Band
Chris Foreman Guitar Band
Lee Thompson Tenor Saxophone Band
Mark Bedford Bass Band
Daniel Woodgate Drums Band
Graham McPherson Vocals Band
Cathal Smyth Backing Vocals, Vocals Band

PRODUCTION CREDITS

RoleCreditedNotes
Producer Clive Langer
Producer, Engineer Alan Winstanley

COPYRIGHT AND Licencing

OwnershipCompanyNotes
Copyright © Stiff Records
Phonographic Copyright ℗ Stiff Records

Representation

RepresentationCompanyNotes
Record Label Stiff Records
Publisher Melodisc Records Ltd.
Publisher Copyright Control

References

Extensive efforts have been made to gather factual information and knowledge on madness from various sources and document them. These sources include publicly accessible websites, books and publications, historical artefacts, and other pertinent materials. As a result, a comprehensive index of resources has been compiled and integrated into the website. These resources, if relevant to this article, are listed below.

ReferenceSource
wikipedia.org Website
discogs.com Website
officialcharts.com Website
Madness' One Step Beyond... (Terry Edwards) Book

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