Can't Touch Us Now

Can't Touch Us Now
Studio album by Madness
Released 28 October 2016
Studio Toe Rag Studios, London
Length 58:59
Label Lucky 7 Records
Producer Clive Langer, Liam Watson[1]
Madness chronology
The Very Best of Madness
Can't Touch Us Now
Singles from Can't Touch Us Now
  1. "Mr. Apples"
    Released: 7 September 2016
  2. "Herbert"
    Released: 14 October 2016

Can't Touch Us Now is the eleventh studio album by the British band Madness, released on their Lucky 7 Records label through Universal Music Catalogue (UMC) on 28 October 2016.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Financial Times[3]
The Guardian[4]
The Independent[5]

The first single from the album, "Mr. Apples", was released in September 2016 [6] and A-listed on BBC Radio 2. For the first time since Sugar And Spice in 2009 a scripted video was released. The song "Herbert" was released as a teaser on 14 October 2016, two weeks prior to the album.[7] It was accompanied by an animated lyric video in the style of the album's artwork. On Friday November 18 - at the start of the 2016 House Of Fun weekender in Butlin's - the band announced title track "Can't Touch Us Now" as the second single from the album, accompanied by a brand new video which contained a performance by the band and footage from the album's ad.

Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Can't Touch Us Now"  Lee Thompson, Chris Foreman 4:13
2. "Good Times"  Dan Woodgate, Nick Woodgate 2:53
3. "Mr. Apples"  Graham McPherson 3:38
4. "I Believe"  Thompson, Mike Barson 3:44
5. "Grandslam"  Foreman, McPherson, Foreman 2:35
6. "Blackbird"  McPherson, Foreman 4:03
7. "You Are My Everything"  Barson 4:08
8. "Another Version of Me"  D. Woodgate, N. Woodgate 2:40
9. "Mumbo Jumbo"  Thompson, Keith Finch 3:23
10. "Herbert"  McPherson, Barson 3:57
11. "Don't Leave the Past Behind You"  D. Woodgate, N. Woodgate 2:45
12. "(Don't Let Them) Catch You Crying"  Thompson, Foreman 4:10
13. "Pam the Hawk"  McPherson, Barson 4:37
14. "Given the Opportunity"  Thompson, Foreman 3:31
15. "Soul Denying"  Thompson, Barson 5:13
16. "Whistle in the Dark"  Thompson, Barson 3:29


Chart (2016) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 141
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[9] 78
Irish Albums (IRMA)[10] 25
Scottish Albums (OCC)[11] 6
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 5


  1. Bonner, Michael (15 August 2016). "Madness announce new album, Can't Touch Us Now". Uncut. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  2. "Reviews for Can't Touch Us Now by Madness". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  3. Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (28 October 2016). "Madness: Can't Touch Us Now — review". Financial Times. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  4. Dennis, Jon (27 October 2016). "Madness: Can't Touch Us Now review – ska-pop legends as entertaining as ever". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  5. Gill, Andy (26 October 2016). "Album reviews: Empire Of The Sun - Two Vines, Madness - Can't Touch Us Now, Courteeners, and more". The Independent. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  6. Madness Mr. Apples at Discogs
  7. Madness Herbert at Discogs
  8. " – Madness – Can't Touch Us Now" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  9. " – Madness – Can't Touch Us Now" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  10. "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 44, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  11. "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  12. "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 November 2016.

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