Embarrassment

7" Vinyl (45 RPM)

Stiff Records

BUY 102

United Kingdom

BACKGROUND

‘Embarrassment’ was a brave choice for a band who had traded on their sense of fun. Thompson originally had in mind the melody from ‘Ghost Dance’ by Prince Buster, but Mike Barson had other ideas. He created a song which sounded as if Motown’s backing band ‘The Funk Brothers’ had recorded the theme tune for The Sweeney, and its irresistible melody and instrumental swagger rightly rewarded Madness with another Top Five hit single. The 7-inch was backed by an overlooked Barson song, ‘Crying Shame‘, a Coasters-flavoured ditty which was undeniably stronger – melodically, at least – than many of the tracks on Absolutely. Maybe this explained its later choice for the band’s encores.

RELEASE DETAILS

Territory: United Kingdom

Release Date: November 14, 1980
Format: 7" Vinyl (45 RPM)

Limited Edition: No

Label: Stiff Records

Catalogue Number: BUY 102

Manufactured: United Kingdom

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

CHART HISTORY

Peak Position: 4
First Chart Date: 22/11/1980
Weeks in Chart: 12

FROM THE ALBUM

TRACK LISTING

DiscPositionTrackVersionDuration
1 A1 Embarrassment 3:10
1 B1 Crying Shame 2:36

MUSICANS

MusicanInstrumentNotes
Mike Barson 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 Backing Vocals, Trumpet Band

CREDITS

RoleCreditedNotes
Producer Clive Langer
Producer Alan Winstanley

COPYRIGHT AND Licencing

OwnershipCompanyNotes
Copyright © Stiff Records
Phonographic Copyright ℗ Stiff Records

COMPANIES

RepresentationCompanyNotes
Record Label Stiff Records
Publisher Nutty Sounds Ltd.
Publisher Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
Recording Studio Eden Studios

References

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ReferenceSource
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officialcharts.com Website

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