Mark William Bedford
born on 24/8/1961 in London, England, United Kingdom
Mark Bedford (born Mark William Bedford, 24 August 1961, Islington, North London), nicknamed 'Bedders', is a bass guitarist and founding member, now occasional member, of the band Madness.
Bedford attended William Ellis School in Kentish Town and met members of the North London Invaders when they played a gig there. He was asked along to a band rehearsal and found that the lads could play quite well. Bedford was friends with Gary Dovey who was playing drums with the band, but after a scuffle with sax player Lee Thompson, Dovey left the band. Bedford knew a drummer, and Daniel Woodgate was introduced as the final member of the then six-piece band which became Madness.
Although not the major songwriter in Madness, Bedford co-wrote one of the band's more emotive songs "One Better Day" with Suggs. He was also responsible for co-writing "Not Home Today", "Disappear", "Return of the Los Palmas 7", "Deceives The Eye", "Stepping into Line" and "Maybe in Another Life". The only song he ever wrote entirely on his own was "Mummy's Boy", which appeared on the band's debut album One Step Beyond....
Bedford played double bass on Robert Wyatt's recording of the Elvis Costello song 'Shipbuilding' in 1982.
After Madness split up for the first time in 1986, Bedford played bass with Voice of the Beehive, and in 1991 played bass on Morrissey's second studio album "Kill Uncle".
He later teamed up with ex-Higsons brass supremo Terry Edwards, and they formed Butterfield 8 along with various strong members of the jazz scene at the time. They released a single "Watermelon Man" and an album called Blow!. This was re-released in 2001 on the Sartorial Records label.
Bedford stage performances with Madness have become more sporadic since 2009; for instance, he did not tour with the band in Australia in the early part of that year, though he did feature as a full member of the band on their album The Liberty of Norton Folgate released that May. Commenting on this state of affairs Suggs stated: Its like the Eagles song. 'You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.' ... But theres a lot of flexibility, allowing people to be what they want to be, and do what they want.
He took no part in the recording of Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da but he appeared in a TV advert with the group, promoting a popular beer. He also performed with them both on the roof of Buckingham Palace in June 2012 as part of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Concert and for the band's appearance in August at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony. More recently, he appeared with the band on the Jonathan Ross Show on 19 January 2013 and again on 22 March 2013 when the group performed at the official closing ceremony of BBC Television Centre in London.
Since 2011, Bedford has been part of The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra, a band he put together with Madness sax player Lee Thompson. The Ska Orchestra released their debut album The Benevolence Of Sister Mary Ignatius in 2013.
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- Madness: Suggs on 30 years as music's most dysfunctional family. The Telegraph. Retrieved on 13 November 2012.
|Suggs | Mike Barson | Lee Thompson | Chris Foreman | Mark Bedford | Daniel Woodgate | Chas Smash|
|One Step Beyond... | Absolutely | 7 | The Rise & Fall | Keep Moving | Mad Not Mad | The Madness | Wonderful | The Dangermen Sessions Vol. 1|
|"One Step Beyond" | "My Girl" | "Night Boat to Cairo" | "Baggy Trousers" | "It Must Be Love" | "House of Fun" | "Our House" | "Wings of a Dove"|