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Encyclopedia > Bad Manners

Band members = Buster Bloodvessel : Vocals, Winston Bazoomies : Harmonica, Louis Alphonso : Guitar, David Farren : Bass, Martin Stewart : Keyboards, Chris Kane : Sax, Gus Herman : Trumpet, Andrew Marson : Sax, Brian Tuitt : Drums

Bad Manners are a long-lived English 2 Tone ska band. Fronted by Buster Bloodvessel (born Douglas Trendle), the band was formed in 1976 while the members were together at Woodberry Down Comprehensive School near Manor House, North London, and among their early incarnations were known as Stoop Solo and the Sheet Starchers. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Ska (pron. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... Buster Bloodvessel (born Douglas Trendle) (born September 1958) is a British singer. ...

None of the members had any formal musical training, not even the ability to play any instruments. Bad Manners were at their most popular during the late 1970s and early 1980s, during a period when lots of similar ska bands filled the charts such as Madness and The Specials The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Madness are an English pop/ska band from Camden Town, London that formed in 1976. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...



Some of Bad Manners more notable hits include "My Girl Lollipop", "Lip Up Fatty", "Ne Ne Na Na Na Na Nu Nu", "Special Brew", "Lorraine", "Just A Feeling", "Walking In The Sunshine" and the "Can Can". Bad Manners are perhaps most renowned for their song "Special Brew". The song is ambiguous in meaning, but the most common interpretation of the song is that it is a love song to the famous alcoholic drink after which it appears to be named. Special Brew is a very strong lager brewed in Denmark and the United Kingdom. ...

One of the main reasons for their notoriety was their due to their outlandish, larger-than-life, huge tongued & shaven-headed front man Buster Bloodvessel. Buster's exploits got them banned from the British TV chart show Top of the Pops [citation needed](which included dressing as Henry VIII and singing to a blow-up doll for the song "Lorraine", pouring a large can of baked beans over his head, and dressing in a can-can dancer's dress to promote their single "Can-Can"). They were also banned from Italian TV when Buster had decided after a particularly successful concert that he should moon the crowd, having been told that the Pope was watching on TV.[1] “TV” redirects here. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England and Lord of Ireland (later King of Ireland) from 22 April 1509 until his death. ... “TV” redirects here. ... Mooning, or giving the browneye is the act of displaying ones bare buttocks by removing clothing, e. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      The Pope (from Latin...

Breakup and reformation

In 1986 Bad Manners went their separate ways, but Buster reformed the band with Louis Alphonso, Martin Stewart, Winston Bazoomies & Chris Kane a year later. In 1989 he licensed the Blue Beat Records name & logo, and set up office in a 50ft barge in his back garden in Spring Hill, London (much to his neighbours amusement.). He closed the label in 1990, and two years later moved back to Stoke Newington, despite having scored many hits and featuring prominently in the UK charts of the early 1980s.

In 1995 Buster moved to Margate & fell in love with the seaside resort. So much, that he opened up a hotel on the seafront called "Fatty Towers" , which catered for people with huge appetites. Whilst living in Margate at the hotel, Buster was a regular spectator at Margate F.C. and Bad Manners sponsored the club for one season. "Fatty Towers" closed in 1998 & Buster moved back to his native North East London. As of 2007, Buster Bloodvessel still performs with Bad Manners in venues all over the UK & Europe. He is the only original member left in the band.

Martin Stewart & Louis Alphonso now play in Skaville UK who have just released their debut album, 1973, on Moon Ska World in the UK. The band is fronted by Grammy Award winner Nick Welsh, who played in King Hammond & Big 5. David Farren plays in the Rolling Stones tribute band, The Rollin' Stoned.

They now headline their own annual music festival - 'Badfest'. This festival features ska, mod-related music and punk rock bands from the 1980s to the present. Bad Manners are to tour the United States, Canada and Mexico in summer 2007 and they are working on a new album. Bloodvessel lives on a boat on the outskirts of West London with his partner and pet dog. There are a large number of music festivals in the United Kingdom, covering a wide variety of genres. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ...

Louis Alphonso stated this year, that Warner Bros intend to re-issue the group's first four albums on cd for the very first time.

Selected discography

Studio albums

  • Ska 'n' B (1980) UK #34
  • Loonee Tunes! (1980) UK #36
  • Gosh It's... Bad Manners (1981) UK #18
  • Forging Ahead (1982) UK #78
  • Mental Notes(1985)
  • Eat The Beat (1988)
  • Return of the Ugly (1989)
  • Fat Sound (1992)
  • Heavy Petting (1997)
  • Stupidity (2003)

[2] SkanB is the first album by Bad Manners from the year 1980. ... Loonee Tunes! Loonee Tunes! is the second album by Bad Manners from the year 1980. ... Gosh Its. ...


Title Released UK Singles Chart position
"Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu" February 1980 28
"Lip Up Fatty" June 1980 15
"Special Brew" September 1980 3
"Lorraine" December 1980 21
"Just A Feeling" March 1981 13
"Can Can" June 1981 3
"Walking In The Sunshine" September 1981 10
"Buona Sera" November 1981 34
"Got No Brains" May 1982 44
"My Girl Lollipop" July 1982 9
"Samson And Delilah" October 1982 58
"That'll Do Nicely" April 1983 49
"Blue Summer" August 1985 -
"What the Papers Say" December 1985 -
"Tossin' In My Sleep" March 1986 -
"Skaville UK" May 1989 86
"Gonna Get Along Without You Now" July 1989 -
"Christmas Time Again" November 1989 -
"Fatty's Back In Town E.P" September 1995 -
"Millennium Knees Up" December 1999 -

[2] “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... Lip Up Fatty is a song released by ska band Bad Manners in June 1980, which got to #15 in the UK charts. ...


  • Bad Manners (MCA Records / U.S. release only) (1980)
  • Klass (MCA Records / U.S. release only) (1981)
  • The Height of Bad Manners (1983) UK # 23
  • Can Can (Hallmark Records ) (1986)
  • Live And Loud (1987)
  • Greatest Hits Live (1993)
  • Skinhead (Lagoon Records / French release only) (1994)
  • Rare (1996)
  • Lip Up Fatty (U.S. release / Castle U.S. Records) (1996)
  • Can Can ( Harry May Records ) (1997)
  • Don't Knock The Baldhead ... Live ! (Receiver Records) (1997)
  • Viva La Ska Revolution (1997)
  • The Collection (Cleopatra Records / U.S. release) (1998)
  • Special Brew (Harry May Records) (1999)
  • Rare And Fatty (Moon Records / U.S. release) (1999)
  • The Singles Album (Crash Records) (2000)
  • Magnetism : The Best of Bad Manners (Warner Music) (2000)
  • The Best, The Baddest And The Ugliest (2000)
  • Buster Bloodvessel's Bad Manners (2000)
  • Ska Party (2000)
  • Bad Manners (2000)
  • All Favourites (2000)
  • Anthology (Eagle UK Records) (2001)
  • Best of Bad Manners Live (2002)
  • CD Box : Bad Manners 15 Years Jubilee Edition (Pork Pie / German release) (2004)
  • Bad Manners Box Set Collection ( 10 Themed Albums / Bad Records ) (2004)
  • Special Brew: The Platinum Collection (Warner Platinum) (2005)
  • Feel Like Jumping : The Best of Bad Manners Live ! (2006)
  • Can Can (Digipak) (2006)

Audio samples

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  1. ^ http://www.badmanners.net/lard/history.html
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums, 19th, London: Guinness World Records Limited, p. 39. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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