Madness

Michael Caine

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Madness background singer Carl "Chas Smash" Smyth wrote the lyrics for "Michael Caine" after hearing drummer Woody Woodgate's tune. Smyth claimed that the song was about the conflict over Northern Ireland, but the connection is probably lost on everyone but him. The reason the song climbed to Number 11 on the U.K. charts, outside of the memorable minor-key melody, was the rather ingenious gimmick of including clips of movie star Michael Caine, who agreed to do the song on the advice of his daughter, a Madness fan. The 12" single features both the original album cut of the song (as heard on Keep Moving), and a playful extended mix which is otherwise unavailable. The B-side track is Mike Barson's somewhat dippy "If You Think There's Something." Since that song is available on the singles-and-B-sides box set The Business, there's not much reason to buy this single unless you're a serious collector.