Drip Fed Fred

7" Vinyl (45 RPM)

Union Square Music, BMG




The Limited Edition double A-side release for Record Store Day is a true testament to the enduring brilliance and legacy of Madness, spotlighting two of their most iconic tracks: “Drip Fed Fred” and “Johnny The Horse.” What makes this release so extraordinary is not only the sheer quality of the songs themselves but also their historical significance and the meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of the production.

At the heart of this release lies “Drip Fed Fred,” a remarkable collaboration that holds a special place in music history. Featuring the incomparable Ian Dury in what would tragically be his final vocal performance before his passing, this track carries with it a profound sense of poignancy and reverence. Dury’s distinctive voice intertwines seamlessly with Madness‘s infectious rhythms, creating a musical moment that is as powerful as it is unforgettable.

On the flip side, “Johnny The Horse” bursts forth with all the irrepressible energy and catchy melodies that have become synonymous with Madness. From its opening notes to its infectious chorus, this song encapsulates everything that fans love about the band – wit, charm, and an irreverent spirit that refuses to be contained.

What sets this release apart, however, is its debut on vinyl. Despite the acclaim and popularity of these songs, they have never before been available in this format, making this Limited Edition double A-side a true collector’s item. The warm, rich sound of vinyl breathes new life into these beloved tracks, offering listeners a chance to experience them in a whole new way.

But the attention to detail doesn’t stop there. The 7″ black vinyl record is housed in a striking embossed ‘ransom note’ sleeve, adding an element of intrigue and excitement to the packaging. Additionally, each release includes an A3 poster featuring the lyrics to both songs, inviting fans to sing along as they immerse themselves in the music.

And with only 1000 copies of this release pressed, it’s sure to become a highly sought-after item among collectors and fans alike. From the rare and exclusive nature of the tracks to the meticulous craftsmanship of the packaging, every aspect of this Limited Edition double A-side release is a testament to the enduring legacy and timeless appeal of Madness.


Territory: Worldwide

Release Date: June 18, 2022
Format: 7" Vinyl (45 RPM)
Limited Edition: YES (1000 Pressed)

Label: Union Square Music, BMG

Catalogue Number: SALVOSV017

Manufactured: European Union

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




1 A1 Drip Fed Fred (feat. Ian Dury) Album Version 4:30
1 B1 Johnny The Horse Radio Edit 3:24


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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