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One Hit Wonders - MADNESS (1983)
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"Our House" by Madness - 


This won the Best Song award at the 1983 Ivor Novello Awards.
 
This was Madness' only Top 10 hit in the US. Much of the song's success in America was down to its witty music video that went down well during the early days of MTV.
 
This was played in a 2007 TV commercial shown in the UK for Bird's Eye Fish Fingers, which featured Suggs. In the advert the Madness frontman is sitting with a family at tea time. The daughter is studying for her school exams and asks Suggs where Omega 3 can be found. He offers the answer of Birds Eye Fish Fingers.
 
The song's video featured the band as a cloth-cap wearing family squashed into a terraced house. Drummer Dan "Woody" Woodgate recalled to Q Magazine August 2008: "The knocking-on-the-door bit where somebody comes out, goes, 'Where are they?' and the others sneak in and close the door… That's The Flintstones. We stole lots of ideas from the Keystone Kops and Benny Hill."

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=12315


Title Artist(s)
1 "Every Breath You Take" The Police
2 "Billie Jean" Michael Jackson
3 "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Irene Cara
4 "Down Under" Men at Work
5 "Beat It" Michael Jackson
6 "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Bonnie Tyler
7 "Maneater" Daryl Hall & John Oates
8 "Baby, Come to Me" Patti Austin and James Ingram
9 "Maniac" Michael Sembello
10 "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" Eurythmics
53 "Our House" Madness

| Closed on 06/20/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
11 Fans 
18%a. 10 (Great Song)
45%b. 7-9 (Good Song)
18%c. 5-6 (Eh...it's ok)
18%d. Who? What? Huh?
0%e. LOSERVILLE!

  
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#1 | 456 days ago

I think this is a good song....always liked it     yes
7-9 (Good Song)  
#2 | 455 days ago

Saw them as the opening act (along with a relatively unknown R.E.M. and Joan Jett) for the Police's Synchronicity tour 8/20/83 in the old JFK stadium in Philly.  They were pretty good....but it was hard to tell because it was 100 degrees with about 60% humidity.  The Police (the band, not the cops) had the firetrucks spray water on to the crowd to cool them down.
10 (Great Song)  
#3 | 455 days ago

The tune was pretty good in a coffee commercial.
5-6 (Eh...it's ok)  
#4 | 455 days ago

I also like their song "One Step Beyond", they made a video for it (I remember it was on Beavis & Butthead, that's how I first heard of them).

However I have depressing memories associated with "Our House", especially the faster chorus late in the song:

I remember way back then when everything was true and when
We would have such a very good time such a fine time
Such a happy time
And I remember how we'd play simply waste the day away
Then we'd say nothing would come between us two dreamers
7-9 (Good Song)  

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