“Hey you! Don’t watch that! Watch this! This is the heavy monster sound!”
Among the most successful musical and video savvy ensembles to emerge from the UK’s late 1970s “2 Tone” ska revival were six barmy lads from Camden Town, London who appropriately dubbed themselves Madness.
With his Fender Precision perfectly tweaked to further bolster the loveable lunacy of Suggs and his mates, Mark “Bedders” Bedford rendered slinky walking bass passages and soulful motifs accented on the upbeat with a decidedly punk attitude that moved a generation – literally!
Doubling on upright, Bedders also waxed sides with Moz, Robert Wyatt, and also plies his craft with The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra formed by the Madness saxophonist.