This is one of the best songs on the original "Madness" album released in the USA. Very appropriate for Valentine's Day. I'd like to dedicate this one to Shirley and wish you all some Valentine happiness these coming days.
(Note: "doug's site" does not endorse playing electric musical instruments in
swimming pools, chlorinated or otherwise.)
From the ever useful Wikipedia site:
"The original Labi Siffre recording was released as a single in 1971, and reached number 14 in the UK singles chart. It also appeared on his 1972 album Crying Laughing Loving Lying.
"Madness' version was originally issued as a standalone single in 1981 and appeared on their UK number one compilation album Complete Madness the following year, and on many other Madness compilations since. In 1983, it peaked in the US Billboard Magazine chart at #33."
"The video mostly shows band members playing in a white room and standing over a grave. It also features guitarist Chris Foreman and saxophonist Lee Thompson playing their instruments underwater. Foreman appears at the start of the video warning viewers not to attempt the "very dangerous stunt" they are about to see, presumably referring to the swimming pool sequence. Labi Siffre makes a cameo appearance as a violin player."
"Madness' recording was re-issued in 1992, and this time reached #6 in the UK charts."