Madness

House of Fun

Composed by Lee Thompson / Mike Barson

Song Review by

A rollicking look at reaching adulthood, with a funfair air that sweeps from the carousel-esque organ to the bouncy syncopated rhythm that underpins the piece, while sharp brass accents, tight riffs, and a brilliant melody that pivots from cheery sing- along to a minor-key tenseness riven with warning completes the picture. "House of Fun" swings along as gaily as a merry-go- round, then careens giddily into the haunted house replete with a hall of mirrors that distort all, including the melody line which is shifted into dissonance.

The arrangement beautifully counterpoint's the song's twin themes of birthday exuberance and the danger of temptations ahead. It was a stellar number, and "Fun," released in May, 1982, caroused to the top of the UK charts.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Madness Presents the Rise & Fall 1982 Salvo / Union Square 2:58
Madness [1983] 1983 Geffen 3:00
Madstock 1992 Universal Distribution
The Business 1992 EMI Music Distribution 2:47
Wonderful World [Dino] 1995
Various Artists
Peter Pan (ISP) 2:48
Divine Madness 1997 Virgin 2:48
The Best Party Megamix in the World Ever 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:38
Heavy Heavy Hits 1999 Virgin 2:49
The Best 80's Album In the World Ever 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Lot 1999 Virgin
Ultimate Collection 2000 Hip-O 2:48
New Wave Greats 2002
Various Artists
Repertoire
Our House: The Best of Madness 2002 Virgin 2:51
It's ... Madness 2004 Phantom Import Distribution
I Love 2 Party 2004 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 2:47
I Love 2 Party 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 2:47
Complete Madness/Utter Madness 2004 EMI Music Distribution 2:51
Best #1 Singles in the World Ever 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:43
Happy Songs [Virgin 2005] 2005
Various Artists
Virgin 2:47
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Madness 2005 Hip-O 2:57
Complete Eighties 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Greatest Ever!: Eighties [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
100 Essential Tracks: No. 1 Hits 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:47
101 Barbecue Songs 2010
Various Artists
EMI 2:46
Ultimate Madness: 21 Of Their Finest 2010 Union Square Music 2:47
On Board the Nutty Express (Live at the Astoria) 2010 Ais / Concert Live 3:08
Born Stiff: The Stiff Records Collection 2010
Various Artists
Salvo 2:46
A Guided Tour of Madness 2011 Salvo
The Ultimate Collection: 80s School Days 2011
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Latest & Greatest Pop Hits [2012] 2012
Various Artists
USM Media 2:46
Forever Young: The Ska Collection 2012 Salvo 2:47
Greatest Ever! Bubblegum Pop: The Definitive Collection 2013
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 2:46
The Ultimate Collection: 80s Anthems 2013
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:46
Latest & Greatest No. 1s 2014
Various Artists
Union Square 2:45
The Nation's Favourite 80s Number Ones 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:46
The  Nation's Favourite Running Songs 2016
Various Artists
Sony Music
No Image
Various Artists
Virgin
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 2:46
Fade to Grey: 1980-1984
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:46
Greatest Ever! Dad: The Definitive Collection
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:45
Greatest Ever! Eighties Pop
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Simply Eighties
Various Artists
Simply
The Best of School Disco.com: 10th Anniversary
Various Artists
EMI TV 2:46
The Ultimate Collection: Number 1s
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:46
Top of the Pops: 1980-1984
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:46
Ultimate Office Party!
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:50
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