London-born Siffre has spent his career breaking down boundaries. In addition to his nine albums, the multi-talented Siffre has written three books of poetry and has also written for the stage. Musically, Siffre is known for his soulful, high-pitched voice and thought-provoking lyrics.
His single "I Got The" from his album Remember My Song received a modicum of fame decades after its release when its funky piano hook was sampled in Eminem's debut smash single "My Name Is. You can read more about Siffre at his Web site. Mike Barson was a big fan of the original and brought it to the band in a version that fit the pop reggae sound and sensibility of the band.
The band performed it live at shows as part of their encore, but had no intention of recording the song. At this time they had already notched up 9 hit singles, 2 of which had gone 'gold', plus they had released 3 albums. Writer Labi Siffre had previously released it as a single in and it appeared on his 'Crying, Laughing, Loving, Lying' album. Keyboardist Mike Barson heard a copy and secretly thought it would be a good song for the group to play.
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He began playing it, the band joined in and it started to appear as an encore song. The band stamped their own distinctive sound all over the cover adding a reggae beat and extra instrumentation.
Labi Siffre liked it so much he agreed to appear in the video. On Top of The Pops when Jimmy Saville introduced the video of the band playing their electrical instruments underwater, he advised against anyone copying them! The song was re-released in after a memorable get-together gig for the band. It has subsequently been used in a couple of TV ads. In Madness failed in a court case to stop a high street bank from using the song and changing the lyrics.
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