Music Video Of The Day: Cardiac Arrest by Madness (1982, directed by Dave Robinson)


Cardiac Arrest is one of Madness’s more serious songs, though it retains their signature sound.  The lyrics are about a man who literally works himself to death, having a heart attack while he’s on the way to his job.  The video features Chas Smith playing the man who has the heat attack while the other members of the band encourage him to not work so hard and to take time to actually enjoy life.

Smith not only stars in the video but he also wrote the song.  The song was actually based on his father, who had suffered from repeated heart attacks at the time that the lyrics were composed.  Hence, in the video, Smith is almost playing his own father.

Perhaps because of the subject matter, Cardiac Arrest was a rare non-hit for Madness.  The song was also banned by BBC Radio 1 because it was felt that the lyrics were too disturbing.

Rather than telling you to “enjoy,” I’ll just suggest taking the song and video’s message to heart.

One response to “Music Video Of The Day: Cardiac Arrest by Madness (1982, directed by Dave Robinson)

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