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Madness — Our House
Album: Total Madness...The Very Best Of Madness
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6.8

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Total ratings: 736









Released: 1997
Length: 3:10
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Whoa-whoa

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our
Our house, in the middle of our

Father wears his Sunday best
Mother's tired she needs a rest
The kids are playing up downstairs
Sister's sighing in her sleep
Brother's got a date to keep
He can't hang around

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our

Our house it has a crowd
There's always something happening
And it's usually quite loud
Our mum she's so house-proud
Nothing ever slows her down
And a mess is not allowed

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our ...

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our ...
Something tells you that you've got to get away from it

Father gets up late for work
Mother has to iron his shirt
Then she sends the kids to school
Sees them off with a small kiss
She's the one they're going to miss
In lots of ways

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our ...

I remember way back then when everything was true and when
We would have such a very good time such a fine time
Such a happy time
And I remember how we'd play simply waste the day away
Then we'd say nothing would come between us two dreamers

Father wears his Sunday best
Mother's tired she needs a rest
The kids are playing up downstairs
Sister's sighing in her sleep
Brother's got a date to keep
He can't hang around

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our street

Our house, in the middle of our street
Our house, in the middle of our ...

Our house, was our castle and our keep
Our house, in the middle of our street

Our house, that was where we used to sleep
Our house, in the middle of our street

Our house, in the middle of our street
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First thing I did after moving to London was seeing them in Finsbury Park! What a great show!
 
hugogdt wrote:
A 10, because it always makes me smile and have good feelings!

 

Could not have said it better !   But I just realized how flat the recording is.
 
{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananapiano}
A 10, because it always makes me smile and have good feelings!
There are better Madness songs, but this isn't a bad song{#Dancingbanana}
This always struck me as a funny kind of song.  Madness came along as part of the early '80s British Ska craze, along with The Specials, English Beat.  The other songs I've heard from Madness seem to be more from the Ska tradition, this one isn't really Ska at all - more like Yob Pop.  Nice enough, I suppose.  But ironic that the one song that stood the test of time is so out of character.
SOOoooo tired of this song - it just sounds flat, trite, boring and it is/was ridiculously overplayed.  Bill free to play this no more than once a year!
I don't get why this song is so popular. It's so lame and boring pfffff

Personally I'd rather have my house on either side of the street than in the middle of it.  Seems like you'd get a lot of cars running into it all the time...


Still have the 45... somewhere.
Absolutely not a kids song.

Sure, it's fun and light hearted but it stands up. 
hardly a "kids" song, but a classic one from the 80's
I suppose the odd kids song here and there doesn't do any harm. Nowhere near as bad as 'I Like Driving In My Car'...(it's not quite a Jaguar).
A great 80s song because it doesn't sound like one of those fist pumping 80s songs.
I love Madness. I saw 'em live and they rocked. But this song? Sorry, it's an end of career little ditty, a sop the the label because they couldn't come up with something better.

Time for Pandora and Dave Brubeck. 
 BLADERUNNER wrote:
This is still one of my favourite little ditties from the 80's New Wave invasion.  loved the video too, as once upon a time it was in heavy rotation when MTV first lit up the video world. ah, Madness.
 
Almost exactly what I was thinking...very well said!

{#Bananapiano} 
 Stratocaster wrote:
Not used to hearing 80s Euro-pop on RP.  Though I like the song, I'm not sure I like it *here*.
 

Hmm. In 20 years will you be saying that about the Coldplay songs you've highly rated?
This is still one of my favourite little ditties from the 80's New Wave invasion.  loved the video too, as once upon a time it was in heavy rotation when MTV first lit up the video world. ah, Madness.
 Stratocaster wrote:
Not used to hearing 80s Euro-pop on RP.  Though I like the song, I'm not sure I like it *here*.
 

I LOVE this song and now I won't get this out of my dome for a fricken week {#Lol}

THANKS BILL
Not used to hearing 80s Euro-pop on RP.  Though I like the song, I'm not sure I like it *here*.
 daiv wrote:

That is very sweet. Except that the song that Lillith and Frasier sang was Our House by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Also a very very good song, of course, but ... completely different. 
 


Right you are...not sure what I was thinking there. I must have just caught the tail end of it.
 pinnyrat wrote:
This song always reminds me of that episode of Cheers where Fraser and Lilith play this as a duet on the piano.  
 
That is very sweet. Except that the song that Lillith and Frasier sang was Our House by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Also a very very good song, of course, but ... completely different. 
 gosvimmink wrote:
most perfect 90s song
 

released in 1982...the date 1997 is the release of the Best of album, I guess. Just sayin'

I love it too!
This song will always remind me of being in London one New Year's Eve when I was in high school.  My friend and I were partying wth a Swedish hockey team in the hotel bar and this song was on the radio.  I don't know if it hadn't been released in the States yet or not, but certainly wasn't getting air time in my small home town.  I can never hear this song without thinking of that night.

most perfect 90s song
This song always reminds me of that episode of Cheers where Fraser and Lilith play this as a duet on the piano.  
 ziggytrix wrote:

Says something about the (over) production of the studio recording that this guy thinks it's synths.

But that overproduction is also prolly what allowed this one to break top ten in the US while their less "poppy" sounding singles didn't do so well over here.

 
Chalk it up to 80's production sensibilities.



This came out in 1982...  I remember it like it was yesterday...  love it...

 
 ick wrote:

Hahahaha!  I can assure you that its all played on real horns and they are a very talented bunch.  Go see them play live once if you ever get the chance.

 
Says something about the (over) production of the studio recording that this guy thinks it's synths.

But that overproduction is also prolly what allowed this one to break top ten in the US while their less "poppy" sounding singles didn't do so well over here.

 johnjconn wrote:
Stop toying with us Bill.
This song is the reason your listerns , listen to RP. To get away from this type of crap.
Stop it.  (please)
 
Bill mixing it up is PRECISELY why I listen. Have a little fun.
 mefrombrazil wrote:
too much electronic, no talent.
 
Hahahaha!  I can assure you that its all played on real horns and they are a very talented bunch.  Go see them play live once if you ever get the chance.

 johnjconn wrote:
Stop toying with us Bill.
This song is the reason your listerns , listen to RP. To get away from this type of crap.
Stop it.  (please)
 
"Us"?  No.  You don't speak for me.

Sorry, could not resist:




Wow, this song was never played here before even though it was first played in 2004.

Not their best, but I still like it.
 MiMa wrote:
Still on Hotrotation on most FM-stations here in Germany...it´s really overplayed{#Stop}

 
How many decades old does a song have to be to not be "hot" anymore?!

 holborne wrote:
This song set in motion the chain of events leading to my divorce. Yay!!! For that, I give it a 9, even though I hate the song.
 
Wow, I'd love to hear THAT story - hard to imagine this song's innocuous lyrics leading to something like that!  Was your ex- trying to dance to it or something?


 Marr wrote:
Man, I love Friday afternoons on RP when Bill is ON!
 

Evening here in Sweden, and yes, nice music.  Makes the wine seem like it tastes better.{#Cheers}

Man, I love Friday afternoons on RP when Bill is ON!
Still on Hotrotation on most FM-stations here in Germany...it´s really overplayed{#Stop}

This song set in motion the chain of events leading to my divorce. Yay!!! For that, I give it a 9, even though I hate the song.


We use to live in a shoebox in the middle of the road.
Cardboard was it? We used to dream about cardboard.

A classic, but this song has gone one step beyond being overplayed.
 HugoMorris wrote:
still rubbish... respecting this opinion or not.
 
it's kinda fun though, gotta groove....
still rubbish... respecting this opinion or not.
Rotterdam wrote:
I can respect that you think this is rubbish, but if you just say, 'rubbish,' you are making a value judgement without justifying it, and you also make a statement on other people's tastes - like those who like this song. Wish you and others would take the time to make an intelligent addition to this forum, rather than just throwing out insults. (Even if I do agree with you at bit on this song. It seems a bit out-dated and trite to me, these days. But maybe the lyrics have a meaning I don't know about...?)
Bravo
Excelsior wrote:
Rubbish
I can respect that you think this is rubbish, but if you just say, 'rubbish,' you are making a value judgement without justifying it, and you also make a statement on other people's tastes - like those who like this song. Wish you and others would take the time to make an intelligent addition to this forum, rather than just throwing out insults. (Even if I do agree with you at bit on this song. It seems a bit out-dated and trite to me, these days. But maybe the lyrics have a meaning I don't know about...?)
I used to not care for this song. Then, all of a sudden, I realized what a classic it was, and the world was never the same.
Rubbish
rubbish?! a classic!!
Rubbish
keyholder wrote:
2:39 am - Madness - Our House 2:36 am - Subdudes - Late At Night 2:34 am - J.J. Cale - After Midnight 2:29 am - Creedence Clearwater Revival - The Midnight Special yeah... :good-vibes:
:high-five:
dewhead wrote:
CCR - The Midnight Special J. J. Cale - After Midnight Subdudes - Late At Night Madness - Our House Not your typical line up but I'm loving it! Bill is kicking ass this morning! :bananasplit: :bananajumprope: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana:
2:39 am - Madness - Our House 2:36 am - Subdudes - Late At Night 2:34 am - J.J. Cale - After Midnight 2:29 am - Creedence Clearwater Revival - The Midnight Special yeah... :good-vibes:
mefrombrazil wrote:
too much electronic, no talent.
Disagreed this time, my friend! Just a classic masterpiece that carries tons of memories. :cool: :dancingbanana: *cranking_it_up*
:bananajumprope:
Memories of junior high school corridors, my classmates singing "Your mom, on the corner of my street...."
too much electronic, no talent.
skyguy wrote:
"we used to live in shoe box in the middle of the road!" "Cardboard was it? We used to dream about cardboard."
LUXURY!
The horns! The horns! :clap:
j-mccull wrote:
It's every garage band's dream to get hugely popular, even as a one-hit-wonder like this band.....
"one-hit wonder"? My, aren't you the ignorant one. Madness had a shitload of hits over this side of the Pond, and most were pretty feckin' good too.
j-mccull wrote:
It's every garage band's dream to get hugely popular, even as a one-hit-wonder like this band.....then blah blah blah
It is true that this track was their most popular internationally, but as a simple search on Wikipedia would reveal to you, Madness were far from a one hit wonder. In fact a variety of singles from the band spent more than four years in the UK singles chart during the eighties. I respect your right not to like the band, but I don't respect your unwillingness to check the facts before demonstrating your ignorance.
Aw, c'mon. It's fun. An 8.
This was such an overplayed and goofy song no one should like it. But I gave it an 8. There's something about it cuts through. I'm not sure what it is. Maybe it's a sense of integrity shining through the goofiness. And it is catchy.
Maxwell House raped this song.
Cool! Don't think I heard this tune on RP before. Haven't even rated it yet. I'll give it an 8 for starters.
CCR - The Midnight Special J. J. Cale - After Midnight Subdudes - Late At Night Madness - Our House Not your typical line up but I'm loving it! Bill is kicking ass this morning! :bananasplit: :bananajumprope: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana:
Love it! Great sing-along tune that reminds me of the early days of MTV. :bananajam:
Oh, those days... : FANTASTIC SONG!! whistle: :dance:
this is madness.
I am craving a cup of coffee ... :eyes:
the absolute worst nice tv jingle, though
Fantastic!
somebody needs to add \"wings of a dove\" and \"night boat to cairo.\" unfortunately, as my MP3s and I have temporarily parted company, that someone cannot be me.
"we used to live in shoe box in the middle of the road!" "Cardboard was it? We used to dream about cardboard."
This song makes me happy :biggrin:
Not me fav genre, but damn infectious fun!
This is a time warp....and that's OK........ :daisy:
Is it just me but I don't see this tune going with RP, isn't a bit too commercial, reminds me of Radio One or even worse, Capital! Don't get me wrong, I do like Madness!
Any college bar in Boston, you can hear this song along with a certain Neil Diamond song (that shall remain nameless), and everyone sings as loud as they can!
Money is money...I really can't stand the song however j-mccull wrote:
I heard this song and I thought....."I need some coffee".... It's every garage band's dream to get hugely popular, even as a one-hit-wonder like this band.....then, 20 years later to have a huge corporation pick up your song and incorporate it into their branding of a product, and pay you more in usage fees than you probably made on the song when it was released! Anybody that says that they would never sell out like that is either stoooooopid or a liar! Let's see....keep my dignity(?) and go back to my desk job and hold my head high when I tell stories of that one World Tour back in 1983.......or tell the boss,"screw off, I just started my permanent vacation on royalties I'm gonna make from that crappy little 80's song!" Yep.........I'd be a sell out all the way to the bank!
redeyespy wrote:
Stop. Watching. Television. Or, when that damned Maxwell House commercial comes on, go fix yourself a cup of Don Evelio or something.
I heard this song and I thought....."I need some coffee".... It's every garage band's dream to get hugely popular, even as a one-hit-wonder like this band.....then, 20 years later to have a huge corporation pick up your song and incorporate it into their branding of a product, and pay you more in usage fees than you probably made on the song when it was released! Anybody that says that they would never sell out like that is either stoooooopid or a liar! Let's see....keep my dignity(?) and go back to my desk job and hold my head high when I tell stories of that one World Tour back in 1983.......or tell the boss,"screw off, I just started my permanent vacation on royalties I'm gonna make from that crappy little 80's song!" Yep.........I'd be a sell out all the way to the bank!
Z blast from Z past....University of Maine, 1985 or 1986 (somewhere around that time anyways, jeez can't remember)...at the frat house during a fooseball tournament on an early saturday afternoon drinking cheap shitty keg beer and smoking cigarettes and other substances with our sorority girl sisters....this is a song that just fires a certain memory back to you from so long ago it seems....yes, those were the days......THX 4 the blast Bill!!!
People still watch TV? Wow. redeyespy wrote:
Stop. Watching. Television. Or, when that damned Maxwell House commercial comes on, go fix yourself a cup of Don Evelio or something.
Wow. Now this is a really cheezy song here. Go krazy with the cheeeze whiz. But I like this song. Not my fav. but I like.
:eh: Ahhh... I get it! First "Your House", now "Our House". :lol: Very clever!
Nothing against this song really, just doesnt strike me as R.P. material.
mafe wrote:
Nothing like marketing to destroy a great song. American coffee sucks.
Stop. Watching. Television. Or, when that damned Maxwell House commercial comes on, go fix yourself a cup of Don Evelio or something.
hanley wrote:
Bill, "Middle of our street" = halfway down the block.
...or in the heart of 'our' community? I am not sure that this is supposed to be taken literally. It is about belonging. being 'at home'. When they sang 'welcome to the house of fun!' I dont think they meant 'welcome to the fun fair' in the literal sense! Similarly, I think this is a tribute to urban kinship, not a location map
your house to our house! bring it!
Bill, "Middle of our street" = halfway down the block.
ahoylola wrote:
this song should be preceeded by a mute warning signal.
I agree...just plain BAD
this song should be preceeded by a mute warning signal.
This song reminds me of hanging out in the Du Beaux youth hostel in Flagstaff, Az. The Australians played this song constantly (accompanied by masive quantities of beer, of course). Er...that was 1987.
Nothing like marketing to destroy a great song. American coffee sucks.
Fun.
Wow, sounds entirely different from the other madness stuff i have heard...surely a classic
I had rated it a 3 . . . until you played it the millionth time.
Our house, that was where we parked our jeep Our house, where we kept our flock of sheep Our house, which we leased from Meryl Streep . . .
Great fun song, even better paired with the hilarious video :dance:
maLeFunKtion wrote:
:bounce:
My thoughts entirely!
olsaltybastard wrote:
Laughing my ass off. I haven't heard this in YEARS!!! I recognized the opening right away, and still laughing, don't know why.
Me too. I knew I knew the song in about three notes, but just couldn't quite place it. And then, bam, there it was.
First it was "your" house now it's "our" house....
catmaven wrote:
I like the funny and sentimental lyrics. But the vapid, truncated melody irritates me.
I've always like the song a bit m'self . . . just having fun with the lyrics.
Baby_M wrote:
Our house, was our castle and our keep Our house, that was where we used to sleep Our house, that was where we parked our jeep Our house, where we kept our flock of sheep . . .
I like the funny and sentimental lyrics. But the vapid, truncated melody irritates me.
Our house, was our castle and our keep Our house, that was where we used to sleep Our house, that was where we parked our jeep Our house, where we kept our flock of sheep . . .
Ladan wrote:
Oh come on... this song is too fun to hate.
Exactly!!
I hate this song. Yet, I kind of like it at the same time....
Laughing my ass off. I haven't heard this in YEARS!!! I recognized the opening right away, and still laughing, don't know why.
The type of song that I would never expect on RP... waiting for it to end...
The tune is ok, but the off-key style is too jarring for me.
Oh come on... this song is too fun to hate.
i've hated this song since i was a teen. well maybe "hate" is too strong a word...hmmm...nope, "hate" pretty much says it all for me.
This is as bad as it gets. The rare RP horrible song.
hey willie, ease up on the 80's eurotrash.
shevek wrote:
Great song, but whenever I think about Madness, i just want to scream at the top of my lungs: ONE STEP BEYOND!
:lol: :clap:
:bounce:
Zygomatic wrote:
:notworthy:
Exactly!! This is such a cult song - along with most other Madness songs. This band is responsible for multiple personal space invasions cuz every time Madness is played at a party, EVERYBODY is on the dancefloor, singing along! What a great fun band that was.
:notworthy:
:jump: