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Bad Manners
Bad Manners
are an English two-tone and ska band led by frontman Buster Bloodvessel. Early appearances included Top of The Pops
Top of The Pops
and the live film documentary, Dance Craze.[1] They were at their most popular during the early 1980s, during a period when other ska revival bands such as Madness, the Specials and the Selecter filled the charts. Bad Manners
Bad Manners
spent 111 weeks in the UK Singles Chart between 1980 and 1983,[2] and they also achieved chart success with their first four studio albums with Gosh It's ... Bad Manners, Loonee Tunes!
Loonee Tunes!
and Ska
Ska
'n' B being their biggest hits.

Contents

1 Formation 2 Career 3 Break-up and reformation 4 Discography

4.1 Studio albums 4.2 Singles 4.3 Compilations and reissues

5 References 6 External links

Formation[edit] Fronted by Buster Bloodvessel
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. They commemorated the 1981 closure of the school on the back sleeve of their Gosh It's... Bad Manners
Bad Manners
album.[citation needed] Career[edit] After becoming popular in their native London, Bad Manners
Bad Manners
signed to Magnet Records in 1980, and became regular guests on television shows such as Tiswas. The band also appeared on The British Music Awards (1981) and Cheggers Plays Pop. In 1985, they also appeared on The Time of Your Life, hosted by Noel Edmonds. Being closely associated with the 2 Tone movement (though never signed to 2 Tone Records
2 Tone Records
itself), they were one of six bands featured in the 1981 documentary film Dance Craze. Some of their more notable hits include "My Girl Lollipop", "Lip Up Fatty", "Can Can", " Special
Special
Brew" and "Walking In The Sunshine". One of the main reasons for their notoriety, was their outlandish huge-tongued and shaven-headed frontman, Buster Bloodvessel. His manic exploits got them banned from the British BBC TV chart show Top of the Pops.[3] The band was also banned from Italian TV after Bloodvessel mooned a concert audience, after being told that the Pope
Pope
was watching on TV.[4] Bad Manners
Bad Manners
left Magnet Records in 1983, and Telstar Records released a compilation album, The Height of Bad Manners, which reached number 23 in the UK Albums Chart.[2] The album was assisted with a television advertisement promotion, and it brought the band back to the attention of the media and the British public - but no further chart hits. The group then went on to sign a contract with Portrait Records
Portrait Records
in the United States
United States
and Mental Notes was released in 1985. For two years the band toured continuously all over the world but decided to disband in 1987. Break-up and reformation[edit] After the band went their separate ways, for a brief spell after their deal with Portrait Records
Portrait Records
finished, Buster decided to continue doing what he does best and formed a new outfit called Buster's Allstars in 1987, which enabled him and a few of his chums to continue performing in and around London. The capital's venues were often packed to capacity and this prompted the then 20 stone vocalist to reform Bad Manners with his fellow original members Louis Alphonso, Martin Stewart, Winston Bazoomies and Chris Kane. During 1988, the revamped Bad Manners
Bad Manners
band line-up started to play a number of shows at universities and at Scooter Rallies and they licensed the name and logo of Blue Beat Records, setting up office inside a 50 ft barge called the Blood Vessel in the back garden of Buster's former home in London.[citation needed] After Blue Beat closed for business in 1990, Bad Manners
Bad Manners
were without a recording contract, but still continued to tour. In 1992, they signed a deal with Pork Pie Records and Fat Sound was released in Europe. The album was initially intended to be released in the UK on Blue Beat. In 1996, Buster Bloodvessel
Buster Bloodvessel
moved to Margate
Margate
and opened a hotel on the seafront called Fatty Towers, which catered for people with huge appetites.[5] While living in Margate, he was a regular spectator at Margate
Margate
F.C., and Bad Manners
Bad Manners
sponsored the club for one season. Fatty Towers closed in 1998 and did not re-open despite a facelift. After its closure, he moved back to London.[citation needed] After five years without releasing any new material, Bad Manners issued their Heavy Petting album in 1997. Six years later, Buster set up another record label and the band released Stupidity on Bad Records in 2003. Bad Manners
Bad Manners
appeared on Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Never Mind The Buzzcocks
in the 2004 Christmas Special, performing festive songs to Phill Jupitus' team. (Jupitus is a fan of the band, and Buster Bloodvessel
Buster Bloodvessel
had appeared as a panellist on the show earlier that year).[citation needed] Buster Bloodvessel
Buster Bloodvessel
is the only original member to remain in Bad Manners, but the harmonica player, Winston Bazoomies, is an 'honorary member' of the band. Mr. Bazoomies has a Facebook
Facebook
fanpage set up in his honour and he currently lives in North London. Martin Stewart
Martin Stewart
left Bad Manners
Bad Manners
in 1991, and performed and recorded with The Selecter
The Selecter
for fifteen years. He now lives a quiet life in Middlesex with his family, and most recently played the keyboards in a band called The Skatalysts. Louis Alphonso lives in Paris and released his 'A Noir' solo album on the French Fries record label in 2015, while his fellow tune-smith, David Farren, left in 1987 after the band's contract with Portrait Records
Portrait Records
finished. Farren designed the original band logo, and painted the front cover of the Gosh It's... Bad Manners
Bad Manners
album. He currently performs in a tribute outfit called The Rollin' Stoned. Chris Kane is a session musician. He left his longtime London
London
home in 2015 and moved to Cambridgeshire. He became a music teacher during the 1990s and also performed with The Jordanaires after leaving Bad Manners. He also enjoys visiting Sweden during his spare time but he can still be seen playing his saxophone with numerous outfits. Brian Tuitt also left the band in 1987 and lives in Kent. The drummer has been performing with Ben Russell & The Charmers in recent times while also working with the Barry White Unlimited Love Tour at various venues in the UK, while Andrew Marson, who also left the group the same year, has worked as a carpenter in and around London
London
and also enjoys performing in a Country & Western outfit called The Drawbacks. Paul Hyman, another original member who left the band in the late 80s, lives in Enfield and works in the London
London
Stock Exchange, a job he has had since leaving Bad Manners.[citation needed] Bad Manners
Bad Manners
headlined their own annual music festival known as Bad Fest in 2005 and 2006 at RAF Twinwood Farm. This festival featured ska, mod-related and punk rock bands from the 1980s to the present. In 2011, Cherry Red Records released the band's first four albums, Ska 'n' B, Loonee Tunes!, Gosh It's... Bad Manners
Gosh It's... Bad Manners
and Forging Ahead
Forging Ahead
on CD for the first time with added bonus tracks. The albums were issued on their sister label, Pressure Drop. In December 2012, the band released their first single in thirteen years. "What Simon Says" was released via download just before the festive season, and the music video featured Bad Manners
Bad Manners
fans from across the world but none of the band members themselves. In December 2012, founding members of the band met for the first time in decades at the Ship public house in Soho, London. Paul Hyman, Martin Stewart, Brian Tuitt and Chris Kane met with band historian and harmonica player David Turner, and Christopher 'Dell' Wardell, a music writer and promoter from Darlington. On 18 July 2013, seven of the original nine members reunited at The Brownswood public house, near Finsbury Park, that is within striking distance of their old school, Woodbery Down Comprehensive. The ' Bad Manners
Bad Manners
Originals' who attended the reunion were Andy Marson (alto sax), Paul Hyman (trumpet), Alan Sayag (harmonicas), Chris Kane (tenor sax), David Farren (bass), Martin Stewart
Martin Stewart
(keyboards) and Brian Tuitt (drums). The meetings were arranged after Wardell's 'Where Are They Now?' article was published in The Northern Echo
The Northern Echo
in 2012, providing details on the current whereabouts of all of the original band members.[citation needed] During 2016, Bad Manners
Bad Manners
toured the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. Discography[edit] Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Record Label UK[2] Certification

1980 Ska
Ska
'n' B Magnet 34 UK: Silver

1980 Loonee Tunes! Magnet 36 UK: Silver

1981 Gosh It's... Bad Manners Magnet 18 UK: Silver

1982 Forging Ahead Magnet 78 –

1985 Mental Notes Portrait – –

1989 Return of the Ugly Blue Beat – –

1992 Fat Sound Pork Pie – –

1997 Heavy Petting Moon Ska – –

2003 Stupidity Bad – –

Singles[edit]

Title Released UK Singles Chart[2] Weeks in chart[2]

"Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu" February 1980 28 14

"Lip Up Fatty" June 1980 15 14

" Special
Special
Brew" September 1980 3 13

"Lorraine" December 1980 21 12

"Just a Feeling" March 1981 13 9

"Can Can" June 1981 3 13

"Walking in the Sunshine" September 1981 10 9

The R'n'B Party Four (EP) ("Buona Sera"/"Don't Be Angry"/"The New One"/"No Respect") November 1981 34 9

"Got No Brains" May 1982 44 5

"My Girl Lollipop (My Boy Lollipop)" July 1982 9 7

"Samson and Delilah" October 1982 58 3

"That'll Do Nicely" April 1983 49 3

"Blue Summer" August 1985 – –

"What the Papers Say" December 1985 – –

"Tossin' in My Sleep" March 1986 – –

"Skaville UK" May 1989 – –

"Gonna Get Along Without You Now" July 1989 – –

"Christmas Time Again" November 1989 – –

Fatty's Back in Town (EP) September 1995 – –

"Millennium Knees Up" December 1999 – –

Compilations and reissues[edit]

Bad Manners
Bad Manners
( MCA Records
MCA Records
/ U.S.) (1982) Klass ( MCA Records
MCA Records
/ U.S.) (1983) The Height of Bad Manners
Bad Manners
(Telstar Records) (1983) UK No. 23[2] Can Can
Can Can
(Hallmark Records / Ireland) (1986) Live and Loud (Link Records) (1987) Return of The Ugly (Relativity / U.S.) (1991) Return of The Ugly (Elsoldun / France) (1992) Fatty Fatty (Elsoldun / France) (1993) Greatest Hits Live (Dojo Records) (1993) Fat Sound
Fat Sound
(Triple X Records / U.S.) (1993) Skinhead (Lagoon Records / France) (1994) Inner London
London
Violence Live (Lagoon Records / France) (1994) This is Ska
Ska
(Dojo Records) (1995) Return of The Ugly (Dojo Records) (1995) Forging Ahead
Forging Ahead
(CD reissue / Epic Records
Epic Records
/ U.S.) (1995) Rare (T-Leaf Records) (1996) Lip Up Fatty
Lip Up Fatty
(Castle Records / U.S.) (1996) Can Can
Can Can
(Tin Box CD) (Harry May Records) (1997) Anthology (FGL / France) (1997) Don't Knock the Baldhead: Live (Receiver Records) (1997) Return of The Ugly (Triple X / U.S.) (1998) Viva La Ska
Ska
Revolution (1998) (Snapper) The Collection (Cleopatra Records / America) (1998) Mental Notes (CD reissue / Captain Mod) (1999) This is Ska! (Moon Ska
Ska
Europe) (1999) Eat the Beat (Moon Ska
Ska
Europe) (1999) Rare & Fatty (reissue / Moon Records / U.S.) (1999) The Singles Album (Crash Records / Germany) (2000) Ska
Ska
'N B (CD reissue / DSS Records / Austria) (2000) Magnetism : The Best of Bad Manners
Bad Manners
(Warner Music) (2000) The Best, The Baddest and the Ugliest (Ceresco / France) (2000) Buster Bloodvessel's Bad Manners
Bad Manners
(Time Music) (2000) Ska
Ska
Party (Platinum Records) (2000) Bad Manners
Bad Manners
(GFS) (2000) Special
Special
Brew (Harry May Records) (2000) Anthology (Eagle) (2001) Best of Bad Manners
Bad Manners
Live (Pegasus) (2002) Oi Our Greatest Hits (Blitz) (2003) Bastards (Culture Press) (2003) All Favourites (Brilliant Records / Netherlands) (2003) Bad Manners
Bad Manners
15 Years Jubilee Edition – CD Box set
Box set
(Pork Pie / Germany) (2004) Bad Manners
Bad Manners
Box Set Collection (10 Themed Albums / Bad Records) (2004) Special
Special
Brew: The Platinum Collection (Warner Platinum) (2005) Bad Manners
Bad Manners
Live! (Crown) 2005 Feel Like Jumping: Greatest Hits Live! (Sanctuary Records) (2005) Can Can
Can Can
(Digipak) (Snapper Music) (2006) Stupidity (SOS Records) (U.S. edition) (2007) Walking in the Sunshine: The Best of Bad Manners
Bad Manners
(Warner Music UK / Demon Music Group) (2008) UK No. 196[6] Bad Manners
Bad Manners
(Replay) (2011) The Bad Manners
Bad Manners
Collection (Marathon / OMP) (2011) Can Can
Can Can
(Vanilla / OMP) (2011) Special
Special
Brew (Vanilla / OMP) (2011) Short But Sweet (Dave Cash Collection / OMP) (2011) Ska
Ska
'n' B (CD reissue / Cherry Red Records) (2011) Loonee Tunes!
Loonee Tunes!
(CD reissue / Cherry Red Records) (2011) Gosh It's... Bad Manners
Gosh It's... Bad Manners
(CD reissue / Cherry Red Records) (2011) Forging Ahead
Forging Ahead
(CD reissue / Cherry Red Records) (2011) The Best Cover Album ( Ska
Ska
In The World / Japan) (2011) This is Ska ! (CD reissue / Cherry Red Records) (2013) Eat the Beat (CD reissue / Cherry Red Records) (2013) Return of The Ugly (CD reissue / Cherry Red Records) (2013) Heavy Petting (CD reissue / Cherry Red Records) (2013) Rare and Fatty (CD reissue / Cherry Red Records) (2013) The Very Best of Bad Manners
Bad Manners
(Rhino Records/Warner Music) (2015)

References[edit]

^ Chris Woodstra. " Bad Manners
Bad Manners
Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-25.  ^ a b c d e f Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 39. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  ^ Walters, Sarah (4 September 2008). "Tongue and groove with Buster..." CityLife. M.E.N. media. Retrieved 2 December 2008.  ^ [1] Archived 8 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "The Journal - All manner of mayhem". Journal-online.co.uk. 19 September 2008. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-25.  ^ "Chart Log UK: New Entries Update; Combined Singles (200) Chart Date: 13.08.2011". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 

External links[edit]

Bad Manners
Bad Manners
Official website Bad Manners
Bad Manners
biography at Allmusic website Badmannersontour.com

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Bad Manners

Buster Bloodvessel

Studio albums

Ska
Ska
'n' B Loonee Tunes! Gosh It's... Bad Manners Forging Ahead Mental Notes Return of the Ugly Fat Sound Heavy Petting Stupidity

Selected Singles

"Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu" "Lip Up Fatty" "Can Can" "My Girl Lollipop"

Selected Compilations

Klass Anthology Don't Knock the Baldhead: Live Viva la Ska
Ska
Revolution The Collection Rare & Fatty Special
Special
Brew Can Can

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