Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Madness use Sgt Pepper artist Blake

Madness have enlisted Sir Peter Blake to design their new album cover

Madness have drafted in Sgt Pepper artist Sir Peter Blake to design the cover of their new album.

The chart veterans, who memorably played on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the Diamond Jubilee Concert, have turned to the pop art guru whose subjects have included the Queen.

Sir Peter's best known sleeve is the artwork for The Beatles album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, although he also did covers for Paul Weller and Oasis.

Madness have settled on the title Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da for their tenth album, and the sleeve image features rejected names which include Doolally and Dial M For Madness.

The album is to be released on October 29, with the single My Girl 2 out a week earlier.

Madness - who also performed at the Olympics closing ceremony - play the iTunes Festival in London on September 27 and tour the UK in November.

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