Madness Release 13th Full Length Studio Album ‘Theatre Of The Absurd Presents C’est La Vie’








Camden, London: One of the UK’s most beloved British bands Madness have today unveiled their highly anticipated, 13th full length album Theatre Of the Absurd Presents C’Est La Vie, via BMG. The long awaited album comes seven years after the release of their last record. Available here

In a joint statement about the new LP, Madness said: “Well, well, well, here we are… our 13th album (lucky for some). ‘Theatre Of The Absurd Presents C’Est La Vie’ is ready for your ears. For us, recording it was the perfect antidote to the chaos of the past few years – we were all there, properly in the zone. It was just us, in an industrial unit in Cricklewood, playing together. We loved it!”

Lead single ‘C’est La Vie’ featured as the ‘Record of the Week’ on BBC Radio 2 as well as being added to the A-list upon release. The song has an eerie space-ska feel and reflects on the perils of everyday life. ‘C’est La Vie’ was introduced to the world by Helen Mirren who recorded a self tape performing her very own interpretation of the song, before ever hearing it.

The governing principle behind Theatre Of the Absurd Presents C’Est La Vie, is: “let Madness be Madness”. The result is an album of typically timeless brilliance that also reflects the wonky years of its creation, these 14 songs representing the cream of the bumper crop of tunes the group cooked up, whittled down this punchy, focused set.

There are moments of ineffably catchy pop excellence (drummer Daniel ‘Woody’ Woodgate’s beguiling, bittersweet carousel ‘Round We Go’, Chrissy-Boy’s anarchic anthem to perhaps-justified paranoia, ‘Run For Your Life’), while the album is bookended by two of Suggs’ finest compositions ‘Theatre Of The Absurd’ and ‘In My Street’. Elsewhere, Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson’s macabre ‘The Law According To Dr Kippah’ recreates the saxman’s memories of the broiling summer of 1976, while ‘Baby Burglar’ recites the  true-life tale of being burgled while his family slept. Barso’s ‘Beginner’s 101’, meanwhile, is another tale of crime, a heist movie playing out across a four-minute pop song, echoing Bogart classic The Treasure Of Sierra Madre.

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.

The album is available on double vinyl and CD with a limited crystal clear vinyl sold through HMV and indie stores – available here. The official album store features an exclusive cassette and merchandise bundles – available here.

Madness famously emerged from the backstreets of Camden Town in the late 70s and recently released a three-part original docu series with TV channel AMC about the beginnings of the band in the area. Before We Was We: Madness by Madness, chronicles the rise of 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.


Theatre Of The Absurd

If I Go Mad

Baby Burglar

C’est La Vie

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

Hour Of Need

Round We Go

Lockdown And Frack Off

Beginners 101

Is There Anybody Out There?

The Law According to Dr. Kippah

Run For Your Life

Set Me Free (Let Me Be)

In My Street

Tour dates and locations below – 


Thu 30 Aberdeen P&J Live 


Fri 1 Glasgow OVO Hydro 

Sat 2 Newcastle Utilita Arena 

Mon 4 Cardiff International Arena 

Tue 5 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena

Thu 7 Liverpool M&S Bank Arena 

Fri 8 Leeds First Direct Arena 

Sat 9 Manchester AO Arena 

Mon 11 Brighton Centre 

Tue 12 Bournemouth International Centre

Thu 14 Sheffield Utilita Arena 

Fri 15 London The O2 

Sat 16 Birmingham Utilita Arena