25/10/2019: “Swan Lake” by Madness

The more refined among you may be aware that ‘Swan Lake’ was not originally composed by Madness.

That honour goes to some bloke called Tchaikovsky, who came up with the song for a ballet of the same name in 1875.

It’s indubitably one of the most stirring pieces of music ever made, but this version by Madness is a lot more fun.

The Madness version, released on their classic One Step Beyond… in 1979. is actually a cover of a 1968 rendition by fellow British ska band, The Cats.

I actually prefer the faster 2tone version, which is available only as live videos – I’ve put a link to this too, in an unprecedented step for this blog!

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