“No, it’s interesting, and for me it’s exploration. He dealt with it badly. [5], In 1990, Cathal became an executive for Go Discs where, at his suggestion, the label signed The Stairs.
He’s writing plays now. It’s taught me that there is strength in vulnerability, that life is a journey. Chas Smash – now known as Cathal Smyth – first found fame with 80s pop legends Madness. [3], Cathal Joseph Smyth was born on 14 January 1959, in Middlesex Hospital, Fitzrovia, London, England, and grew up in Marylebone. Cathal Joseph Patrick Smyth is perhaps best known as Chas Smash the inimitable Master Of Ceremonies, Chief Nutty Dancer, trumpet player & co-vocalist in the hugely popular British band, Madness, who have an impressive 21 UK Top 20 singles to their credit & are generally viewed as the masters of the pop video. chas-smash.com Cathal Joseph " Carl " Smyth (born 14 January 1959), also known as Chas Smash , is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. [4] After Madness broke up in 1986, he formed a new short-lived band The Madness in 1988 along with Suggs, Lee Thompson and Chris Foreman. “She said, ‘When are you going to write some happy songs?’ And that’s all she said.”. The Smyths were competitive Irish dancers, and Cathal grew up around dance, but never took much of an interest until he began to dance as a performer.[4]. Then came bereavement, excess and the break-up of his 28-year marriage. He is at peace, content, single, “and celibate; it’s easier”. In 1976, the North London Invaders recruited Smyth to play the bass guitar with them when he was only 17 years old, but he was replaced a year later by Gavin Rogers.

Not so in the case of Cathal Smyth, formerly Chas Smash of 80s pop legends Madness. Smyth, who may or may not have just abruptly quit Madness (of which more later), has just finished recording his debut solo album, A Comfortable Man, a forensic account of the death of his 28-year relationship with his wife. In many ways, it had been a long time coming. Carl Smyth, Soundtrack: 10 Things I Hate About You. It was nine years ago that Smyth’s life changed irrevocably, his wife insisting he leave the family home. After the call (“Bye, darling, see you soon, love you”), I ask whether a part of him embraced being single again? Chas Smash rose to fame in the 1980s with pop legends Madness. After being a couple since their teen years, Smyth and his wife of 28 years, Joanna Brown, separated in 2005. “She said she wasn’t happy, that I couldn’t make her happy, and that’s about as much information as I got,” he shrugs. He shakes his head. That was a wake-up call, I suppose.” His brow knots. So much potential. Last modified on Tue 14 Feb 2017 14.03 EST.

Madness in 1999, with Cathal Smyth to the left and front of Suggs. He remains close to all three – Casper, 27, Milo, 24, Eloise, 19 – and when Casper calls mid-interview, Smyth’s face shines with love as they talk. 50+ videos Play all Mix - Chas Smash - What A Waste YouTube Cathal Smyth (Chas Smash) - Interview BBC News- 12 May 2015 - Duration: 7:27. dicka101 26,686 views When I meet him at a private members’ bar in London on an autumnal Wednesday morning I half expect a man broken beyond repair. In 2009 Madness released their first album of new material in ten years, The Liberty of Norton Folgate. There came a long period, he says, of “excessive behaviour”.
When I’ve played Are the Children Happy?

Chas: ‘I’ve got can­cer all-clear’ Daily Star Sunday - 2017-08-13 - NEWS - MAD­NESS leg­end Chas Smash was cel­e­brat­ing last night af­ter win­ning his bat­tle against can­cer, writes GARRY BUSHELL. His father worked in the oil business and moved the family from Ireland to England, and then to the Middle East because of his work. In 1980, Smyth became the last of the seven original Madness members to join the band. And his album has clearly invigorated his solo creativity. “I just felt total confusion.”. “What I realised was how difficult it must have been for her to ask me to leave. In 2012 Madness followed up "Norton Folgate" with Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da. Madness was all about him jumping up and down like a maniac, he says; where he is now is all about stillness. Ibiza, he says, changed him.

“Beautiful things are happening there.

“See, if I’m an outward-going person, then maybe my ex is the opposite, very quiet, private. [5][13], "Results for England & Wales Births 1837–2006", "Madness has released a new concept album about London and it may be their masterpiece", "The Lone Ranger – Graham "Suggs" McPherson", "Chas Smash: After the madness, going solo", "Listen to Cathal Smyth's A Comfortable Man – plus read his guide to the album", "Chas Smash from Madness with his daughter", "Ten minutes with… Cathal Smyth of Madness", Madness Live: To the Edge of the Universe and Beyond, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Chas_Smash&oldid=984117900, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 18 October 2020, at 08:31. Smash & Friends) and it reached number 67 in the UK Singles Charts.

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