One Step Beyond

Song Review by

Not so much a taster for Madness's debut album of the same name, in fact "One Step Beyond" was released the same day in October, 1979 as the full length, but it was their true statement of intent. It was also their debut for Stiff Records, with whom the group had signed after departing from 2-Tone.

After paying tribute to "The Prince" and establishing their own trad credentials, Madness were now ready to introduce the nation to their own "heavy, heavy, monster sound." That bit was lifted straight from Dave and Ansil Collins' 1971 hit "Monkey Spanner", the rest of the introduction was Cathal "Chas" Smyth's own invention, an invitation to enter the group's own musical world, one that truly was one step beyond anything ever heard before.

A riotous mix of blasting sax, crashing beats, spitting riffs, stampeding percussion and thumping bass, all sent carousing to a tempo only the fittest could survive, "Step" was a skanking slugfest that steamrolls across the grooves flattening all in its path. It scooped up the sounds from the bygone and pummelled them straight into the beyond, it was a monster of a song, and one that send went spinning into the UK Top 10.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1980 Centrifugal
Complete Madness 1982 EMI Music Distribution / Virgin 2:21
The Business 1992 EMI Music Distribution 2:44
The Stiff Records Box Set 1992
Various Artists
Rhino 2:19
Ultimate Party Album 1994
Various Artists
Alterno-Daze: Origin of the Species -- 2000 BC To ? 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 2:21
Ska Mania 1995
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment
Divine Madness 1997 Virgin 2:20
No. 1 Ska Album 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 2:20
Ska Trax: New Generation 1998
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:35
The Best Ska Album in the World Ever 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:19
Ska: The Second Wave 1998
Various Artists
Beloved Records 2:18
Heavy Heavy Hits 1999 Virgin 2:17
No Image 1999
Various Artists
The Lot 1999 EMI Music Distribution 2:18
Above and Beyond: The Second Wave of Ska 2000
Various Artists
Blue Moon 2:18
Ultimate Collection 2000 Hip-O 2:19
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 2:22
The Best Carnival Album... Ever! 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:17
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:22
Alterno-Daze 2001
Various Artists
Special Product / MCA
Rude Boy Revival 2002
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 2:19
One Step Beyond: The Best of New Wave 2002
Various Artists
Flashback Gold / Rhino 3:34
The 80's DVD Jukebox 2004
Various Artists
Classic Pictures
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Madness 2005 Hip-O 2:19
Just Say Sire: The Sire Records Story 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 2:20
Born Stiff: The Stiff Records Collection 2010
Various Artists
Salvo 2:20
Full House: The Very Best of Madness 2017 BMG / Union Square Music 2:19