It Mobile Bitch (Original) - Various - House Of Fun the band's only number one single in the UK and in the British Maninha - Isaias E Seus Chorões - O Fino do Bandolim voted it as the nation's 8th favourite s number one in a poll for ITV. The song was originally recorded under the title "Chemist Facade", without the "Welcome to the House of Fun" chorus.
While the song was being recorded, head of Stiff Records Dave Robinson insisted that the song should have a chorus, so band member Mike Barson immediately wrote the "Welcome to the House of Fun" refrain on his piano. At this point, the song had already been recorded, and the management decided not to re-record the whole song.
Instead, the recording was edited, and the chorus instruments and vocals dubbed onto the recording. This proved to be difficult, mainly due to technical limitations at the time, and it resulted in the first part of the word "Welcome" being cut off. Due to this, the chorus seemed to begin "Elcome to the House of Mobile Bitch (Original) - Various - House Of Funso lead singer Suggs was forced to overdub the word "Welcome".
Although this proved to be a tough task, it was completed successfully. The song begins solely with eight drum beats, before the keyboardbass guitarelectric guitartrumpet and saxophone are all introduced simultaneously. The song is about coming of age. The lyrics tell the story of a boy on his 16th birthday attempting to buy condoms at a chemist.
The UK age of consent is 16, and he makes a point of stating that he is "16 today and up for fun". Madness guitarist Chris Foreman commented jokingly about the song: . I'm not sure about this one I think it's about coming of age, I can't remember much about because when it happened to me it was a long time ago.
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I can't afford to go to the pictures these days but I hear they talk in them now. A substantial portion of the music video was filmed at the Pleasure Beach in Great Yarmouthwith parts of the video featuring the band on the Roller Coaster.
This was filmed on 7 March On entering the shop, Suggs acts out the lyrics of the song, as a year-old boy awkwardly attempting to purchase condoms, without much success. Mobile Bitch (Original) - Various - House Of Funon the first chorus, three of the band members enter the shop, dressed in gowns and wearing sunglasses and silly headgear much like Monty Python-esque Pepperpotsand perform a simple, rhythmic yet comedic tongue-in-cheek stepping-dance routine, supposedly acting as dancing pepperpots hired with the Pleasure Beach attraction "Fun House".
The band are later seen in a barbershopbefore the finale of the song is sung on the roller Mobile Bitch (Original) - Various - House Of Fun at the Ghettourist - Various - Rudi Rat Vol. 6 funfair. The film closes with the band on board an infinite roller coaster loop as the chorus fades.
Due to this, the music video, along with others such as " It Must Be Love " and " Cardiac Arrest ", helped set the stage in the US for Madness' future song " Our House ", which was their biggest stateside hit by far, peaking at number 7 in May As well as the song's single release, it has featured on various compilation albums released by Madness. It was initially included on Complete Madness which was released on 23 Aprilprior to the release of the single itself.
This album also hit number 1 in the UK Anything - Various - The New Soul Album the time of the single's release, meaning Madness were at the top of both the single and album charts. The song was further included on The Business and It's It featured in the Our House musicalwhich was based on the band's songs, and as such appears on the accompanying soundtrack, Our House. The original single contained a second coda featuring music from a fairground.
However, subsequent releases of the song removed this ending with the track fading to a conclusion instead. This is also the version used on the A Guided Tour of Madness compilation. A version appeared on The Madness' self-titled LP.
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