In July 1979, Graduate spent three days in Bath's Crescent Studios getting to grips with the recording process. From this session, Mad One / Somebody Put Out The Fire was singled out for release as a 45 on the small indie label Blue Hat. Graduate wrote 'Mad One' after being commissioned to do so by Tony Hill, an eccentric man with a successful car number plate business. Mr. Hill offered to pay for the studio time if the band would agree to write and record a song about him. He owned a car with the license plate "MAD 1", hence the title of the song. Only a few dozen copies of the single were pressed, and those were most likely used to promote Mr. Hill's business. Over the years, a handful of these have found their way onto the open market, but this remains easily the scarcest TFF/related single in existence. Contrary to information included in past versions of the TFF Discography, 'Mad One' is NOT an early version of 'Mad World'.

According to Andy Marsden, the b-side 'Somebody Put Out The Fire' is an old song that had been a part of Graduate's repetoire since 1977, long before Curt joined the band. This is the only known Graduate recording to feature John Baker on lead vocals.
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