House of Fun

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"House of Fun" was Madness' sole number one hit when it was originally released in 1982. A jaunty ska tune about a 16-year-old boy attempting to buy a condom, it held up remarkably well a decade later when it was re-released by Virgin as one of a series of EPs marketed in support of the 1992 greatest hits compilation Divine Madness. Virgin filled out the EPs with an unpredictable hodgepodge of material from its Madness archives. "House of Fun" is mated (for no particular reason) with the 1985 single "Yesterday's Men," the Spanish version of "One Step Beyond" ("Un Paso Adelante!"), and a lackluster demo version of "Gabriel's Horn," a mediocre song from the 1988 spin off album The Madness. The latter two will be of passing interest to serious fans, but nothing here merits the attention of casual admirers.