MADNESS - Theatre Of The Absurd Presents C'est La Vie


MADNESS - Theatre Of The Absurd Presents C'est La Vie

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Release Date: 17/11/2023



Side 1 

1              Prologue: “Mr Beckett Sir…”    

2              Theatre of the Absurd    

3              If I Go Mad    

4              Baby Burglar    

Side 2

1              Act One: "Surrounded on all sides..”    

2              C’est La Vie

3              What On Earth Is It (You Take Me For?)    

4              Hour of Need

5              Act Two "The damsel in distress..”

6              Round We Go

Side 3

1              Act Three:  "The situation deteriorates..”

2              Lockdown and Frack Off

3              Beginners 101

4              Is There Anybody Out There?

5              The Law According to Dr. Kippah    

Side 4

1.             Epilogue: “And so Ladies and Gentlemen..”

2.             Run For Your Life

3.             Set Me Free (Let Me Be)

4.             In My Street 

5.             Fin.: “Ladies and Gentlemen..”    




1              Prologue: “Mr Beckett Sir…”    

2              Theatre of the Absurd    

3              If I Go Mad    

4              Baby Burglar    

5              Act One: "Surrounded on all sides..”    

6              C’est La Vie

7              What On Earth Is It (You Take Me For?)    

8              Hour of Need

9              Act Two "The damsel in distress..”

10           Round We Go

11           Act Three:  "The situation deteriorates..”

12           Lockdown and Frack Off

13           Beginners 101

14           Is There Anybody Out There?

15           The Law According to Dr. Kippah    

16.          Epilogue: “And so Ladies and Gentlemen..”

17           Run For Your Life

18           Set Me Free (Let Me Be)

19           In My Street 

20           Fin.: “Ladies and Gentlemen..”   



After a disparate couple of years which saw the band at their most polarised and fragmented, Madness reunited in an industrial unit in Cricklewood at the beginning of the year, where Suggs, Mark, Chrissy Boy, Mike, Lee and Woody realised that what united them was always bigger than what divided them. Emerging re energised and reinvigorated with a fresh bounce in their nutty step, the result was their most harmonious recording experience to date. For the first time ever, a brand new album came into the world that they were all completely agreed on. Theatre Of The Absurd Presents C’Est La Vie is the band's inaugural foray into self producing, working alongside engineer and mixer Matt Glasbey (Ed Sheeran, Maisie Peters, Rag’N’Bone Man).

A very special prologue running through the album is supplied by Emmy and BAFTA Awards winning Martin Freeman. A longtime fan, the relationship formed with the band when Madness’ manager found Martin in a meet and greet queue and introduced him to the members.


Madness famously emerged from the backstreets of Camden Town in the late 70s and are one of the most loved bands in British culture. Throughout their career, Madness have had 10 UK top ten albums, 15 top ten singles and have won a multitude of awards including a prestigious Ivor Novello. They’ve performed on the top of Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and set the record for the biggest ever audience for the BBC’s Live New Year’s Eve Broadcast - the most watched TV music event of 2018. One of the most enduring and evergreen live shows this country has to offer, their everybody’s-welcome celebrations of life’s ups, downs and everything in the middle(s), continue to attract new generations of fans from across every walk of life.


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