Mad­ness

Hall Of Fame

Q (UK) - - Backstage... -

FROM THE WINNER’S PODIUM:

Suggs: “The first time I met [ Rank­ing] Roger was on the doorsteps of the Round­house in 1979 when the bus pulled up to go on the 2 Tone tour. It was us, The Spe­cials, The Selecter, The Beat and a lit­tle later, Dexys Mid­night Run­ners. I was one of the last ones to get there; there were arms and legs, trum­pets and trom­bones, spliff-puff­ing faces stick­ing out of the lit­tle slid­ing win­dows. Forty-five peo­ple on a bus. A cou­ple of revs of the clapped-out diesel en­gine and we’re head­ing up Chalk Farm to the North. We got as far as the Wat­ford Gap, and a small riot broke out and all the black peo­ple on the bus got ar­rested. I won’t go on any fur­ther. We come from round here so this means a lot.”

Mad­ness, with Hall Of Fame award presenter Rank­ing Roger (far left).

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