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"My Girl" is a song by British ska/pop group Madness from their debut album, One Step Beyond.... It was written by Mike Barson. The song was released as a single on 21 December 1979 and spent 10 weeks on the UK Singles Chart peaking at number 3.

The song was reissued in 1992 following the success of the reissued "It Must Be Love". It reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart.

Song history

The song first made its way into the band's set when they were performing as The Invaders. The first performance of the song came in July 1978, when it was performed by the band at the "Blind Alley Shop" and simply titled "New Song". Barson originally performed lead vocals, and even sang on the demo for the song. This is because Barson wrote the song, about his girlfriend at the time, [Kerstin Rodgers][367121]. However, Suggs took over the vocal duties before long, and sang the album version of the song.

When the group performed the song on Top of the Pops in January 1980, they were the first band of the new decade performing on the TV show.

Music video

The music video for "My Girl" features Madness performing the song at the Dublin Castle, Londonmarker. For the video, the stage was extended especially, in order to ensure that the band could perform comfortably.

Other versions

A demo version of "My Girl" was released on the B-Side of the 12" version of "The Return of the Los Palmas 7", featuring Mike Barson on vocals. In 2006, the Ordinary Boys released a live recording of the song at the Brixton Academy featuring Suggs, as the B-Side to their single "Nine-2-Five".

On 2 May 2008, Graham McPherson (Suggs) and Carl Smyth (Chas Smash) performed a new arrangement by the Pet Shop Boys live at the Heaven in London. They appeared as part of Pet Shop Boys' live set during the benefit evening for Dainton Connell's family, "Can You Bear It?".. A Pet Shop Boys version of the song appears on the Pet Shop Boys' Christmas EP, along with a remix of the song.


In addition to its single release and appearance on the album One Step Beyond... "My Girl" also appears on the Madness collections Divine Madness (a.k.a. The Heavy Heavy Hits), Complete Madness, It's... Madness, Total Madness and The Business.

Perhaps surprisingly for such a well-known song in the UK, the song is largely ignored by the group's various US compilations, appearing only on Ultimate Collection.

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "My Girl".

1980 release

7" vinyl single

12" vinyl single

1992 release

7" vinyl single

The song "Precious One" is to date the only Madness original to have been released only as a live version and never in a studio version.

Chart performance

Chart (1980) Peak

UK Singles Chart 3
Irish Singles Chart 3
Chart (1992) Peak

UK Singles Chart 27

My Guy's Mad at Me

Tracey Ullman covered Madness's "My Girl" in 1984. The title was changed to "My Guy", and the single got the title "My Guy's Mad at Me". Madness' Mark Bedford played bass on the track. Her version was in the UK Top 40 at the same time as Madness' "Michael Caine" and peaked at number 23 . The music video featured the British politician, Neil Kinnock, at the time the Leader of the Opposition. The single was also released as a 7" picture disc, with a picture of Ullman and Kinnock sitting at a table.

Formats and track listings

7" vinyl single

12" vinyl single

Chart performance

Chart (1984) Peak

UK Singles Chart 23
Dutch GfK chart 19
Dutch Top 40 23
Irish Singles Chart 7


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