The Bed & Breakfast Bootleg Volume 2

In aid of Mad Chat’s current charity cause, CLIC Sargent.

It’s finally here, the anticipated follow-up of the first B&B Bootleg, Volume 2 contains the next 20 covers uploaded by our boys Matt and Nick. Starting with The Prince, Madness’ debut single, and includes covers of Beat the Bride (The Madness), Camden Town (Suggs), Shame & Scandal (Sir Lancelot/Madness), Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff/Madness), and what we believe to be the very first cover of The Invaders’ ‘Sunshine Voice’; This is a collection not to be missed.

To get your copy of The Bed & Breakfast Bootleg Vol. 2, send £11.50 using PayPal link with your address in the transaction notes. Copies will be sent with 1st Class shipping. Volume 1 is also still available at £10.

£3 from every purchase will go to Mad Chat’s current charity cause, CLIC Sargent, helping young people diagnosed with cancer.

– Ryan 🎩

World Cancer Day 2018

Today, Sunday 4th of February is World Cancer Day, an international event to raise awareness of cancer and how important it is that we do everything we can to prevent it.

Here’s a message from Matt about The Bed & Breakfast Men’s support of cancer charities:

““It’s fitting that this year’s Mad Chat charity of choice is CLIC Sargent Cancer charity as our Ukulele duo has its roots in our early incarnation as “The Lonesome Pines” when we busked for a Saturday every year in aid of Cancer Research. It’s something we got the idea for when Suggs promoted “Busking for Cancer” a few years back. The Lonesome Pines morphed into The Bed & Breakfast Men but our aim is the same to sing the songs we love and raise money for a cause that’s close to our hearts, fund raising should be “fun” after all. It was great to hear that Lee Thompson also supports CLIC sargent and was happy to be on board for our last charity single… We are hoping he’s up for the next one, too. So Keep Moving folks and together we can Compete with Cancer and kick it’s ass off the planet someday soon we hope.”

Today Matt and Nick have released a very fitting and encouraging Madness cover mash-up of ‘Keep Moving’ and ‘I’ll Compete’, first performed by Matt at the Mad Chatter’s Tea Party in November 2017.

As you know, the current Mad Chat charity cause is CLIC Sargent, a charity focused on helping young people diagnosed with cancer. Last Christmas the boys released their second charity single, ‘To the Moon (and Back Again)’ in aid of CLIC Sargent.

Thanks again to everyone who did their bit by buying either a CD, download, DVD, or special package – Over £700 was raised to help young people diagnosed with cancer.

– Ryan 🎩

‘Dublin Castle’ Voted Best Music Video 2017!

Last week a vote was held by Reggae Steady Ska for the best music video of 2017, and well deserving of it, the Bed & Breakfast Men took the win with a very decent 25% of the vote with Dublin Castle, beating even Madness themselves!

Congratulations to everyone involved in the video! You can view the results of the vote here.

– Ryan 🎩

Forever Young

What a year it had been for our Bed & Breakfast duo. The Two Dreamers made two charity singles, two popular accompanying music videos (one now award winning!), two great gigs at the Dublin Castle, and so much more. Their last cover of 2017 was a fitting ‘Forever Young’

We hope you’ve had a good start to your new year, and remember to stay Forever Young.

– Ryan 🎩

Thunder and Lightning and Oranges and Lemons ⛈🍊🍋

Two more covers have been released before 2017 shuts up shop, including a favourite from ‘The Madness’ ‘Thunder and Lightning’

Also given the B&B treatment is Suggs’ tribute to Ian Dury ‘Oranges and Lemons Again’. One of my favourite Suggs tracks, featuring Jools Holland.

What was your favourite B&B Men cover of this year?

– Ryan 🎩

Behind the Moon 🎥 🌒

Photos and videos from behind the camera.

The moon is out, and now the mystery of Mr. Moon is revealed – The star behind the mask is none other than Madness’ flying saxophonist, Mr. Lee Jay “Kix” Thompson! I was on location for filming and got a collection of behind the scenes photos, videos, and a couple of outtakes.

So without further ado, here’s some BTS from our pub scene in the B&B music video of ‘To the Moon (and Back Again)’!

Ye Olde Mitre Inne
‘Ye Olde Mitre Inne’, the Barnet pub we met at to shoot some scenes together, including the big Kix Mr. Moon reveal at the end of the video.
(Left to right) “Chezzer” Chesney, Matt “Mr. Breakfast” Holt, Wayne Kelly, and me Ryan West waiting for our Moon Man to arrive. It was very cold in the garden.
Fashionably late, Thommo checks out his costume…
…Suits up…
…Mask on…
…Blazer pockets…
…He’s ready to go. “Calm down Mr. Moon!”
After shooting a large part of the scene Matt shows Lee the result of his tomfoolery.
Admiring the mask…
Kix and Mr. Breakfast having a laugh.
Slipping into something more comfortable…
The Dream Team.
Thompson admires something familiar.
One last shot for the video.
Me and Chezzer checking out our scenes.
After filming wrapped we ventured up the road to another pub for more drinks and a game of pool.
Thommo sips his drink as he gages how much competition his opponent will bring…
All was looking down for B&B Man Matt, but in a surprise twist at the end of the game he quickly potted ball after ball and won! Had nothing to do with Lee having his back turned (honest!!).
Me and Lee at the end of the night.

I can honestly say that it was one of, if not the most memorable nights of my life. Thanks to Chezzer Chesney, the coolest guy around, for getting Lee involved, and thanks to Matt of the Bed & Breakfast Men for inviting me along.

You can watch the final video, and find out how to order the new single by clicking here.

– Ryan 🎩