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The Prince
Madness


UK
2 Tone
CHS TT3
7"
Released: 01 September 1979


A side
The Prince

B side
Madness

Based loosely on Prince Busters 'Earthquake'* this track was taken from a session recorded at the tiny Pathway Studios in Highbury, London. The other 2 tracks recorded were the b side, Madness, and a version of My Girl (with Barso on vocals) which was to remain under wraps until later in the bands career. Barso also performed vocals on a version of Bed and Breakfast Man recorded for the John Peel Show (broadcast 27 August 1979).

Jerry Dammers first became aware of the band via graffiti sprayed on walls in North London referring to "Chalky Suggs". They handed Jerry Dammers a demo tape and although he was impressed he said it "was a mess and that no other label would have signed them". Dammers, who affectionately called them a "bunch of chancers" gladly offered them a deal with the label for a one off single.

*Although 'Earthquake' is credited as a Prince Buster original it borrows very heavily from 'Blues In The Night' by Johnnie Taylor.

Thanks to Andrew Clayden.



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