Madness are an English ska band from Camden Town, London, that formed in 1976. They were one of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s 2 Tone ska revival. With their most recognized line-up of seven members, they continue to perform and have achieved great success throughout their career.
Madness reached the peak of their success in the early to mid-1980s. Alongside UB40, they spent a remarkable 214 weeks on the UK singles charts during that decade. This record held for the most weeks spent by a group in the 1980s UK singles charts. Notably, Madness accomplished this feat within a shorter time period from 1980 to 1986.
In 1988, some members embarked on individual projects but eventually reunited with Madness to continue creating their unique brand of ska music.