Lee Thompson formed Madness with Mike Barson and Chris Foreman in 1976, and wrote the group’s debut single, “The Prince”.
Among the other songs, he wrote or co-wrote the singles “Embarrassment”, “House of Fun” and “Uncle Sam”. He is one of the principals writers for Madness’s most recent work.
After Madness disbanded in 1986, Thompson formed a new band The Madness with Foreman, Suggs and Chas Smash, but they broke up after releasing one album in 1988. Thompson then joined forces with Foreman, and the pair began to write songs. They soon recorded an album at Liquidator Studios with Thompson on vocals and saxophone and Foreman playing the other instruments. This album included the song “Magic Carpet”, which was co-written with Suggs and originally intended to be included on a Madness album. When it came to promoting their debut album, they found they needed to form a group and also decide on a name. Due to an error at the printers, the band name and album title were accidentally switched, and they started off as The Nutty Boys. The album was re-released in 2002, and the mistake was rectified, with the group now known as Crunch!
Thomo was featured floating while playing a red, white, and blue-colored saxophone in the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Lee also performs shows with his new band, The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra who formed in 2011 and released the album ‘The Benevolence of Sister Mary Ignatius’ in 2013, from which they released the single ‘Fu Man Chu’ ft. Bitty McLean and, in Feb 2014, released the follow up single ‘Bangarang’ ft. Dawn Penn and Sharon Shannon.
Madness - One Step Beyond
Madness - Can't Touch Us Now
The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra ft. Bitty McLean - Fu Manchu