||Composer, Vocals, Guitar
||Lyricist, Vocals, Congas
||Vocals and Vibes
||Vocals and Sax
The penultimate single release from the label was Window Shopping from The Friday Club a seven piece outfit from Scarborough. The band played a blend of soul & jazz funk with a social conscience, and a listen to the track shows their sound being similar to that of Paul Weller's Style Council.
Info on the band is thin on the ground, with George Marshall's book being about the only place to find anything on the band, but I was able to find a couple of mentions from the Madness fan club postings...
The Friday Club supported Madness on their 1985 `Mad Not Mad` tour...
"As a band member of The Friday Club this was the moment of a
lifetime, to be on the Madness tour and be on Two Tone!! Ecstatic but
always aware that we had to work hard, I will always remember being
stood out front watching them perform `It Must be Love` and we all
looked at each other and knew this was a moment from heaven!
Suggs wore a green suit and red gloves for much of the tour and had a
thing about asking the audience to look under their seats only to
find nothing there - he loved it! As people, Madness were always
really friendly and supportive - Suggs, Carl and Lee were always
making sure things were alright for us and reminding us that they
started their first tour staying in tents. They gave away tickets to
kids for their concerts, especially in Ireland.
I have many memories but one that stays in my mind. After performing
in Cork, I was out front watching them when Suggs announced he had
been helped back to his hotel after some lads found him collapsed
drunk outside a local radio station! Immediately this lad of about
10 said to me `That was us miss`. It really tickled me and the same
thing happened in Dublin!!!
They are such a lovely bunch and real family people. This was 15
years ago and I can still remember so much and know it was a really