"Shut Up" is a pop song written by Suggs and Chris Foreman.[1] It was recorded by British pop/ska band Madness, and was featured on the band's third album 7.[1] It was released as a single on September 11, 1981, spending 10 weeks in theUK Singles Chart.[2] It reached a high position of number 7.[2]

The song tells a story of a criminal who, despite obvious evidence, tries to convince people he is not guilty. Even though the song is called "Shut Up", the two words do not appear in the lyrics at all. However, they were the final words of an additional verse which was part of an early version of the song.


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Music video[edit]Edit

The promotional video for the single released featured the band dressed as a group of criminals, then later as policemen, while lead singer Suggs remained dressed as a villain. In one sequence, the costumed band gather round as Chris Foreman (in police uniform) plays the song's guitar solo on the "Super Yob" guitar, previously owned by Dave Hill of Slade.


In addition to its single release and appearance on the album 7, "Shut Up" also appears on the Madness collectionsComplete MadnessIt's... Madness TooThe BusinessDivine Madness (a.k.a. The Heavy Heavy Hits) and Our House. It also features on two US Madness compilations, Madness and Total Madness.

Formats and track listings[edit]Edit

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Shut Up".

  • 7" Single
  1. "Shut Up" (McPherson/Foreman) - 3:23
  2. "A Town With No Name" (Foreman) - 2:52
  • 12" Single
  1. "Shut Up (full length version)" (McPherson/Foreman) - 4:05
  2. "Never Ask Twice" (McPherson/Barson) - 3:03
  3. "A Town With No Name" (Foreman) - 2:52
  • Dutch 12" Single (STIFF BUY-IT 126, released with "12 INCH" a title)
  1. "Shut Up" (McPherson/Foreman) - 3:55
  2. "Day On The Town" (McPherson/Foreman) - 2:50
  3. "Never Ask Twice" (McPherson/Barson) - 2:55
  4. "A Town With No Name" (Foreman) - 2:45

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (1981) Peak




UK Singles Chart[3] 7 9
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