“We used to play the Hawaii 5-0 theme as a novelty cover version to start our shows. When we got bored we did this track instead, but the original recording was only 45 seconds long. We didn’t even think it would get on the album. Our record company boss heard it and got our producers to loop it. We still start every gig with it. We’ve tried other songs but that’s the one we always come back to. Cathal’s introduction is a clarion call.”
— Graham “Suggs” McPherson on One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond is actually a cover. The original version was done by Jamaican SKa singer Prince Buster. For Madness’s version, a spoken intro was provided by Chas Smash, who was not an official member of the band at the time but who would join a few weeks after the release of One Step Beyond.
The live performance that’s featured in this video was filmed at The Hope and Anchor, a pub in North London.