August 8, 2009

Today's Tune: "Our House" By Madness

The music for the Madness song "Our House" was written by English guitarist Chris Foreman (Madness, The Madness, Crunch!), who was born on August 8th. I've seen the year he was born listed as both 1955 and 1956, so who knows? The song was first released on 'The Rise & Fall' album in 1982.

A long list of celebrities were born on the 8th of August. Here is a partial list: 1935 - American television producer, writer and director Donald Bellisario (Magnum, P.I., Quantum Leap, Battlestar Galactica - original series), 1937 - American actor Dustin Hoffman ('The Graduate', 'Lenny', 'Meet The Fockers') and in 1961 - Guitarist "The Edge" (U2) of Ireland was actually born in England to Welsh parents.

Deaths that occurred on August 8: Scottish circus performer Angus MacAskill (a.k.a. "Giant MacAskill") in 1863 and American astronaut James Irwin in 1991.

A couple of the historical events for the 8th of August: 1974 - US President Richard M. Nixon announced his resignation (Watergate scandal), which become official the next day, and 1988 - British Prince Andrew, Duke Of York and Sarah, Duchess Of York, became parents.

The Young Ones - "Sick" (Series 2 / 11th overall episode)
Clip includes Madness miming to "Our House".

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