The Prince

7" Vinyl (45 RPM)

Two Tone

CHS TT3

United Kingdom

BACKGROUND

Outside of their rapidly growing following, the first thing most of us heard about Madness was their single “The Prince,” which was the second release on Jerry Dammers’ label, Two Tone. Having hooked up with The Special AKA in the summer of 1979 and realised that they had a lot in common with the post-punk youth of Coventry, Madness struck while the iron was hot. Two of the three songs they’d recorded with Clive Langer as demos for publisher Rob Dicken were certainly good enough to release, holding back “My Girl,” for which they had high hopes (and Mark rightly describes as “not Two Tone in any way, shape or form”). A tribute song to Prince Buster, coupled with a cover of the tune of his that they’d named themselves after, was enough to put Madness in a black and white chequered box, and they grabbed the chance.

The song was initially recorded on 16 June 1979 at Pathway Studios, Highbury. The track was then remixed on 9 July of the same year, along with the single’s B-side, “Madness“. The remix was in order to remove the hum from Lee Thompson‘s saxophone solo. However, Mike Barson showed displeasure at the mix of “Madness”.

The song was re-recorded later that year for the One Step Beyond… album. As well as having a distinctively clearer sound, the song’s lyrics were slightly altered, and Mike Barson later admitted in the 33⅓ book One Step Beyond… that he preferred it to the single version. The B-side, “Madness”, was also re-recorded for the album in a more multi-layered arrangement.

RELEASE DETAILS

Territory: United Kingdom

Release Date: October 8, 1979
Format: 7" Vinyl (45 RPM)

Limited Edition: No

Label: Two Tone

Catalogue Number: CHS TT3

Manufactured: United Kingdom

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

CHART HISTORY

Peak Position: 16
First Chart Date: 01/09/1979
Weeks in Chart: 11

FROM THE ALBUM

TRACK LISTING

DiscPositionTrackVersionDuration
1 A1 The Prince (2-Tone Version) Pathway Studio Demo 2:30
1 B1 Madness (2-Tone Version) Pathway Studio Demo 2:32

MUSICANS

MusicanInstrumentNotes
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

CREDITS

RoleCreditedNotes
Producer Clive Langer

COPYRIGHT AND Licencing

OwnershipCompanyNotes
Copyright © 2-Tone Records
Phonographic Copyright ℗ 2-Tone Records

COMPANIES

RepresentationCompanyNotes
Record Label 2-Tone Records
Marketing Chrysalis Records
Recording Studio Pathway Studios
Publisher Melodisc Records Ltd.
Publisher Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

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
madness.co.uk Website
officialcharts.com Website
Madness' One Step Beyond... (Terry Edwards) Book

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