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Published on Sep 5, 2011
Taken from their fifth studio album, Keep Moving, British band Madness released Michael Caine in February 1984 when it spent eight weeks in the UK chart, peaking at number 11. It is unusual for the fact that lead vocals are sung not by Suggs, but by Chas Smash, who wrote the song with drummer Woody.
More serious than most other Madness videos up to that point, the promo for Michael Caine was based on the actor's film The Ipcress File and the song tackles the subject of an IRA informer during the troubles in Northern Ireland. The 'my name is Michael Caine' sample was recorded by Caine himself, who was persuaded to do it by his daughter.