To the Moon Promotional Art

Promo-art for the upcoming B&B Men single.

There were definitely 2-Tones in Nick’s head (specifically black and white) when he sketched this neat comic-style promo for The Bed & Breakfast Men’s new single ‘To the Moon (and Back Again)’.

To the Moon comic sketch
Sponsored by Mad Chat, To the Moon (and Back Again), the 2nd Single, Coming Soon

‘To the Moon (and Back Again)’ is due out around Christmas. Share it about!

– Ryan 🎩

Mad Chatter’s Tea Party November ‘17 Gallery

Saturday the 11th of November was yet again Mad Chat’s “Mad Chatter’s Tea Party” charity gig at the Dublin Castle, Camden. This time The Bed & Breakfast Men were to perform along with the awesome ‘Ska Dogs’. Unfortunately Nick was too ill to perform, so Matt said “I’ll Compete” and “Keep Moving” and swiftly put together a one-man show.

Here’s a look at the photos I took of the set, sadly missing Nick. Scroll down to find the link to a video of the full set.

DC Nov 17 1
Matt opens his set with the words “Buster, he sold the heat…”
DC Nov 17 2
A special mash-up of ‘Keep Moving’ and ‘I’ll Compete’
DC Nov 17 3
Donning his fez that was soon tossed into the crowd.
DC Nov 17 4
In a moment of Madness I forgot which way to look to see Matt’s performance.
DC Nov 17 5
Matt’s enchore number ‘It Must Be Love’
DC Nov 17 6 Jukebox
Chezzer Chesney (left, B&B Men fan), Matt Holt, and Robert Taverner (right, Mad Chat administrator) pose by the Dublin Castle jukebox where the boys’ single ‘Dublin Castle’ can be played by inputting the code ‘0001’

Matt recorded the full 60-minute set, which you can watch below (the thumbnail in which I make a rather aggressive appearance).

It wasn’t the same without you Nick, buddy, but Matt did us all proud.

– Ryan 🎩

No Money – The Bed & Breakfast Men’s Best Yet?

The boys got some compliments to never forget from some recognisable faces.

Two days ago (Wednesday 25 October) the boys uploaded their latest cover, ‘No Money’. Right now it has been watched by 62 people, and you may just recognise two of them.

One is Nick Woodgate, who co-wrote the song with Madness, who tweeted to say he loves it.

Another is Madness drummer himself, Mr. Woody Woodgate, who gave the boys an amazing compliment!

Matt says “I was thrilled to see that Nick Woodgate had shared our cover of his song “No Money” with his brother Woody. The fact Woody also commented saying ours was better than the original and then sharing it with his followers was just brilliant. So nice that they both liked it”

I’ve tweeted Nick & Woody with invites to join the BBMIS, and I’ll let you all know if they accept. 😉

As our tambourine/harmony master Nick Holt is still unwell let’s all wish him the best at this time.

– Ryan 🎩

La Luna & No Money

Here are two new covers from our favourite musical duo.


Here’s La Luna, a single from Madness’ 2013 album ‘Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da’. One of their greatest hits available in their latest compilation album ‘Full House’.


Here’s a song I can relate to, a B&B request of mine from a while back. From the 1999 album ‘Wonderful’, co-written by Woody’s brother Nick Woodgate.

I’d also like to wish Nick all the best and a speedy recovery. Get well soon mate!

– Ryan 🎩

To the Moon (and Back Again)! 🌛

A new song by The Bed & Breakfast Men that has already touched the hearts of many.

Its here! The Bed & Breakfast Men have released an acoustic version of their new original single titled ‘To the Moon (and Back Again)’. A song that has already touched the hearts of many.


The full studio recording should be out by the end of the year. I for one can’t wait to have it!

Well done to Matt and Nick for writing this, you must be bloomin’ proud of it.

What do you all think?

– Ryan 🌒

Video Round-up

Here’s another ‘in case you missed it’ post, giving you three great covers for the price of one.

Mistakes

Mistakes is one of the darker Madness songs written by former member John Hasler. The B-Side to One Step Beyond.

White Heat

From Mad Not Mad written by Suggs and Carl.


Shadow on the House
One of my personal favourites, the B-Side to It Must Be Love.

Hope you all have a great week, look out for more posts throughout the week.

– Ryan 🎩

Bed & Breakfast Origins…

I asked Matt and Nick for a brief recollection of their musical journey, right from the start until their success at the present day…

Ah, the 1980’s. I remember it well. A time when Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Adam & The Ants, ABBA, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood were no strangers to the top of the charts. A happier time for music. Madness released House of Fun which reached number 1 for two weeks. But behind all of the commotion, something even more special was brewing.

Yesterday, I asked Matt and Nick for a brief recollection of their musical journey, right from the start until their success at the present day…

Matt: “I suppose the B&B Men really started in the late 1980’s. Me and Nick had really gotten into Madness’ music after being given a stack of LPs from and older cousin. We soon bought up all the albums and were gutted that they had split and gone there seperate ways.

We used to both stay over at our Gran’s house regularly at the weekends. She had a “front room” we used to muck about in. We both had cassette recorders so came up with the idea of forming a band (which was really a pretend thing) We used to put a Madness tape in one player and sing along recording it onto the other blank tape. When we filled it with good takes we’d draw a cover and track listing and come up with a name. We were just playing but we learned to harmonise with each other.

Fast forward 30 years, still both fans having gone to many gigs from the first Madstock at Finsbury park to Suggs’ one man show. We decided to revisit our ‘act’ as I’d dabbled with the Ukulele and we could still harmonise together so we decided to put a set together to busk for Cancer Research under the name ‘The Lonesome Pines’. Still tongue in cheek as we did Laurel & Hardy’s song, Bring Me Sunshine by Morecambe & wise and some other odds and sods. We always ended with It Must Be Love which earned us £5 for that song alone by a passing woman who loved Madness. We thought “why don’t we add some more Madness tracks in as that one goes down so well?” We only played these gigs one Saturday a year for a laugh and by the third year we had added NW5 to the set. I was a member of Mad Chat so decided to post a video of us playing it onto the group page in June 2016. Steve Farthing thought it was a good performance and asked if we did any others. As Madness mainly wrote on piano I didn’t really know most of the chords to play their back catalogue. We got into a conversation on FB messenger with Steve and he offered us a slot at Dublin Castle no less… but playing for 1hr of Madness songs!.. gulp… We really wanted to play but only did 3 songs. Would any other songs work with just a Uke and harmonies? We um’d and ah’d over it but both being such big fans thought we’d give it a go.

So we had some sort of structure & feedback we thought we’d set up a Youtube channel and upload the new songs as we tried them out, to gauge what would work. I’d managed to learn our favourite song of theirs from Grans Front Room days which was Ghost Train. Deceives the Eye always made us laugh so we tried that too.

As we knew Dublin Castle would be more of a performance than our busking days, and also both being fans of Morecambe & Wise I got some old red curtains off ebay to act as our ‘set’ and make us perform rather than just filming ourselves…”

Nick: “We wanted everything we did to have an element of fun where possible so we tried to introduce elements and snippets from Madness videos and sound bites past. People seemed to like the lighter side and although we like to do things well, we also love to have fun with stuff. 

It was the same for the Mad Chat gig at the DC. We were nervous but we just wanted to enjoy it because, above all, we are Madness fans. Matt came up with the idea of writing something original as a tribute and he formulated the ideas for the Dublin Castle single in support of Mad Chats chosen charity. He has always had an eye for detail and so the video was always going to contain lots of Madness related elements.

We had no idea that people would embrace it as they did. It now sits on the DC jukebox alongside a picture of us on the wall. It’s amazing to think of what has actually happened in the past year or so. So many memories added and hopefully so many more to come!”

The boys are currently working on a new charity single for the Mad Chat Meetup this November. 🌜

– Dr. Ryan West 👨🏻‍🏫

LIVE at The Black Horse, Leicester!

LIVE at the Black Horse!

The boys have been practicing hard and are ready for another live gig, this time at The Black Horse pub in Leicester this Sunday at 3PM. If you’re going to be in the area you won’t want to miss it!

Visit the pub’s website for more information at http://blackhorse-aylestone.co.uk/

You can watch a song from the boys’ last gig at Bosworth ‘17 by clicking here: https://youtu.be/3VNj1kxZ03Q

They hope to see you there!

– Ryan 🎩

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning

Two more musical delights of sound and vision.

With another gig coming up, Matt and Nick have been busy practicing hard in the studio, and as always have left us the product of their musical knack to show for it.

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning

I knew you’d come back. We always do.

From 1999’s ‘Wonderful’, Madness’ first studio album since Keep Moving in 1984 – Perfectly translated into ukulele for The Bed & Breakfast Men’s spin.

Brand New Beat

A political statement from Lee and Mike.

Released in 1984 and one of Madness’ few political answers, written by Lee and Barzo, this number pokes at Margaret Thatcher’s Britain.

As always, tap the images to experience the magic.

– Ryan 🌔