I’m going to step out from the “Madness Central has learned…” guise for this blog, for it means something more to me than just another bit of Madness news.
So what’s the news? Producer John Avila, who in a former incarnation was bassist for 80s New Wave band Oingo Boingo, has been tapped to produce the Madness track “La Luna”. In speaking with John at Club Nokia in Los Angeles last night, he was sought out by Madness for this gig and they have been recording the track at his Brando’s Paradise Studio in Los Angeles while Madness is on tour in the United States.
John spilled a little secret about the shape “La Luna” is going to take that will be a brand new sound for Madness: They’re using mariachi (Mexican folk music, if you’re unfamiliar with the genre) in the song. John, who is Mexican-American, has used mariachi themes in his production previously to great success, so I have every confidence his work with Madness will be smashing.
Here’s the personal bit. Oingo Boingo, fronted by now-film-composer Danny Elfman, was alongside Madness my favorite band in my youth. If pressed, if I wasn’t listening to Madness, I was listening to Oingo Boingo, and if I wasn’t listening to Oingo Boingo, I was listening to Madness. So, to have my two favorite bands now creating music together, well, this is one of those wild circumstances one never really expects to happen in a lifetime. To say I’m stoked and chuffed and thrilled is an understatement to end all understatements.
John joins Stephen Street and Owen Morris in the list of producers lending their talents to the forthcoming Madness album. This is going to rock out with its socks out!