Lee Thompson

Songwriter, Composer

1957 –

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Who is Lee Thompson?

Lee Jay Thompson, nicknamed Kix or El Thommo, is an English musician, best known as the saxophonist and songwriter of the second wave ska band, Madness.

Thompson started 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". His experiences of being a petty criminal and serving time in borstal in his youth inspired his lyrics for "Land of Hope and Glory" and "One's Second Thoughtlessness", the latter an unusual diversion into synth pop for the group, and for both of which he performs lead vocals. He also sings the vocals on his own composition Razor Blade Alley which was a regular inclusion in early Madness shows.

According to Madness' drummer, Daniel Woodgate,

After Madness disbanded in 1986, he 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!

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Born
Oct 5, 1957
London
Also known as
  • El Thommo
  • Kix
  • Lee \"Kix\" Thompson
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Nationality
  • United Kingdom
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Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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