Madness - Special Kind

2-Tone grabbed the British music charts by the throat, and for a short and volatile time turned the country into a sea of black and white chequers. The seven young men at the heart of this musical revolution were the Specials, a band whose music and ideals would leave such a legacy that, even today, their momentum is still felt on the face of the fickle British music industry. The Specials led the way for other bands that joined the 2-Tone movement such as The Selecter, Madness, the Beat, the Bodysnatchers and the Swinging Cats.”

Special Kinda Madness perform a truly authentic set from each band, combining the phenomenally energetic stage presence of The Specials with the wonderful iconic tunes of the Madness ‘Nutty Boys’. Playing a set from each band and producing a show that will have the audience up and dancing from the off, Special Kinda Madness will have everyone hankering after that exciting era of 2-Tone and ska.

On 21st July 1979 at the Electric Ballroom in London, the Specials played a gig with Madness, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Selecter. That’s a gig that all 2-Tone rude boys and rude girls would die to see, and thought would never happen. The Specials and Madness on the same bill! In truth, it will probably never happen now … but you can get the next best thing with Special Kinda Madness! 2 Bands … 2-Tone … 1 Fantastic Night!

An extract from ‘You’re Wondering Now – The Specials’ by Paul Williams

Madness have been a favourite band of the British public ever since their early days as part of the 2-Tone movement. Although they moved away from 2-Tone as a record label for their 2nd album, they are still loved by rude boys and rude girls across the UK. Their ‘nutty’ sense of humour and their longevity as a band has won them a place in the hearts of many. Oh, and their incredible knack of producing memorable songs time after time.

Show Options

1 x 60 mins

1 x 90 mins

2 x 45 mins


This band are absolutely amazing – had everyone on their feet from the off!! This is the second time we have booked them and they will definitely be back! A truly wonderful evening – great atmosphere – great musicianship!!! – Pam Rice, The Horns, London

Special Kinda Madness’ played live in-front of a crowd of over 450 people from near and far at a ‘Gorilla Zoo Presents’ live night in Halifax. They absolutely knocked everyone present for six, they were fantastic! True professionals.. from when they hit the stage, to their second encore the crowd loved them.. We will definitely be booking them again and would recommend them with out hesitation to any promoter or club wanting to put on a top SKA live night…  – Caspa Jaspa, Gorilla Zoo Promotions


Madness Set

  • Madness
  • You Said
  • My Girl
  • Rockin’ in Ab
  • Baggy Trousers
  • Grey Day
  • Bed and Breakfast 
  • Man
  • Shut Up
  • Ironshirt
  • Believe Me
  • Swan Lake
  • Misery
  • Sun and the Rain
  • House of Fun
  • Embarrassment
  • It Must Be Love
  • Our House
  • The Prince
  • One Step Beyond
  • Night boat to Cairo

Specials Set

  • Dawning of a New Era
  • Do The Dog
  • Do Nothing
  • Rat Race
  • Stupid Marriage
  • Hey Little Rich Girl
  • Concrete Jungle
  • Little Bitch
  • Too Much Too Young
  • Gangsters
  • Ghost Town
  • Nite Klub
  • Message To You Rudy
  • Guns of Navarone
  • Monkey Man
  • Enjoy Yourself
  • Skinhead Symphony