Madness personified

British chart legends Madness might have 30 years on the clock but, as frontman Suggs explains, they still feel as vibrant as ever

22nd August, 2009

Graham McPherson, known to everyone except his mother and the taxman as Suggs, was in a bad way. His band had imploded, his bank balance was dwindling, and he had no idea what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. Confused and depressed, he did something that might have shocked the legions of Madness fans who were only familiar with his Cockney, cheekychappie image. He went to see a psychiatrist.

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