In Before We Was We, their first official book, Madness tell us how they became them.
A story of seven originals, whose collective graft, energy and talent took them from the sweaty depths of the Hope & Anchor's basement to the Top of the Pops studio.
In their own words they each look back on their shared adventures.
Playing music together, riding freight trains, spraying graffiti and stealing records.
Walking in one another's footsteps by day and rising up through the city's exploding pub music scene by night.
Before We Was We is irreverent, funny and full of character.
Just like them.