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"Baggy Trousers" is a 1980 single by the British band Madness. It was written by singer Graham ' Suggs ' McPherson and meant the break-through of the nutty boysamong the general public. In the Netherlands is, together with successor Embarrassment their biggest hit, good for second place. The b-side is the instrumental version ofThe BusinessTake It Or Leave It that in 1993 the name giver was a collection of singles, B-sides and flexi discs.


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Baggy Trousers was recorded for their second album and Absolutely appeared three weeks in advance (5 september 1980). The then 19-year-old Suggs wrote it in response to Pink Floyd's # 1-hit Another Brick in the Wall; no "We don't need no education!", but "Oh what fun we had, but did it really turn that bad?". The music video was shot on the grounds of a primary school in the North London home of the band. Lee Thompson stole the show by a crane truck to dangling as flying saxophonist (the recordings, however, were no fun). The cover is by Humphrey Ocean (former bassist of Ian Dury's first band Kilburn & the High Roads) are nominated by the photo shoot for the album cover of Absolutely when the band members in front of the entrance of the Chalk Farm underground station posing.

Baggy Trousers was crowned with gold in England and, like many other hits a standard part of the live repertoire; from time to time performs the trick again on Thompson.

In 2000, the band released climate, please visit the school (as recorded by Channel 4) and there were conversations with students from then.

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit][]

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Baggy Trousers - 495 1021 1042 627 805 1089 1471 1542 1119 606 681 802 613 756


  • Thingy took it in 1981 as "Fucking mess".
  • The melody was used in 1983 for an advertisement in which a bunch of youthful nutty boys singing that they brush their teeth with Colgate Blue Minty Gel and over the walls and ceiling as shown in the video clip of "Shut Up". By this time were the great examples in a phase that brought more serious texts than "Baggy Trousers".
  • The Luniz nies names in 1998 on a cover of the song under the title "Coupe soleil" and cited the tipparade[