The Sun and the Rain
This phenomenally successful British band (named after a 1963 song by Jamaican 'Prince Buster') appeared in 1979; their first recording, The Prince, went to number 16 on the UK singles charts. Over the next five years, the band scored 21 consecutive British hit singles. 1982's House of Fun was their biggest success. Madness continued to produce likable tunes with consistently interesting lyrics throughout the early '80s. Although they were moderately successful in Europe, their only hit in the U.S. was Our House in 1983.