Monday, 23 February 2009

Cardiac arrest - Madness

'Cardiac arrest' was taken from Madness's third album '7' (1981). It spent 10 weeks in UK Singles chart, peaking at number 14. In the Netherlands the single was officially released as a double A-side with 'In the city', although my (Dutch) copy still says 'Side 2' for 'In the city'. It peaked at number 15 in the Dutch Top 40.

The lyric of 'Cardiac arrest' tells a story of a workaholic who suffers a fatal heart attack on his way to work. The song was banned on BBC Radio 1 due to deaths in the families of two DJs. It had an effect on the record's chart position, which was lower than usual for Madness. The album version of the song ends after the second chorus with a dramatic cut to a coda representing the man's heart thudding and then stopping, however the single version replaces this with a repeat of the more optimistic first chorus, which fades out.

My collection: 7" single no. 122
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, 1982
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Cardiac arrest' / 'In the city'
Download: here

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