Madness: We deserve 'Outstanding Achievement' BRIT award

Madness think they deserve a BRIT award for 'Outstanding Achievement'.

The 'Baggy Trousers' band - who rose to fame in 1978 - are disappointed they have never been awarded the 'Outstanding Achievement' accolade at the annual ceremony despite their long and successful career, especially since fellow musician Sting has already been granted the coveted prize.

Frontman Suggs told the Daily Star newspaper: "The BRITs are meant to be about achievement. Well, if we haven't already achieved enough to win one, I don't know what else we can do."

"We did a show with Sting recently and I thought: 'Well, if he's got an Outstanding Contribution'… "

Suggs recently embarked on a solo tour, but admitted he did not enjoy performing on stage alone after years of having his band mates alongside him.

The 51-year-old rocker admitted: "Ray Davies said his first solo gig was the first time he'd been on stage without having a fight, and it was the same for me.

"But it was weird being up there on my own. I've spent virtually all my working life surrounded by six lunatics."

Madness have just released their 10th studio album 'Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da' and the ska band hope to bring joy to people's lives in today's depressing economic climate with their brand new collection of uplifting tunes.

Suggs recently commented: "Most of our albums are an affirmation of life - the good things in life. Right now things can seem depressing and morose so we are just saying, 'Yes, yes, yes, yes', rather than, 'No, no, no, no', like everyone else.

"We realise things aren't easy but we hope to bring joy to people's lives."

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