Madstock: The Movie


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Madstock: The Movie Review

by Evan Cater

Madstock: The Movie is the official video of the first Madness reunion concert which took place on August 8, 1992. Like the concert album, it captures the spine-tingling enthusiasm of the enormous crowd. The video begins with a before-showtime montage that covers both ends of the event; cutting between the adoring masses of fans pouring into Finsbury Park clad in Madness shirts and Doc Marten boots, to clips of the band hanging around backstage, goofing off and salivating over the size of the crowd. "What a way to come back," muses the band's frontman "Suggs" McPhereson. "Quiet little gig, just a few friends. 76,000 of them." Once the concert begins, the enthusiasm on both sides of the giant M-shaped proscenium arch are palpable. The indefatigable Madness faithful jump up and down in unison and sing along loudly even to the wordless songs. Meanwhile, a hyper Suggs struts and bounces around the stage as if in mid-spasm, glibly spouting meaningless babble like the following between songs: "Thank you all in the band very much and all that and things, possibilities, chances, hopes, dreams, imaginations, people, places, times, spaces, pork chops, victuals, curry, mushy peas," -- whatever. The video offers a more complete recreation of the event than the CD, not only because of the visual advantage but also because of its length. It contains 24 songs to the album's 12, including several great old chestnuts from the albums that didn't make the recent singles collections -- although the return of pianist Mike Barson apparently prompted the band to avoid material from Mad Not Mad, the album released after his departure. In any case, the video is highly recommended to all Madness fans.

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