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Bad Manners
Origin London, England
Genres Ska
2 Tone
Years active 1976–present
Labels 2 Tone, Magnet, Portrait, Blue Beat, Pork Pie, Moon, Bad
Buster Bloodvessel
Lee Thompson
Andy Perris
Tony ' Rico ' Richardson
Patrick Pretorious
Paul Jobson
Colin Graham
Trevor Edwards
Dave Welton
David Turner
Former members
Winston Bazoomies
Louis 'Alphonso' Cook
David Farren
Brian Tuitt
Martin Stewart
Paul 'Gus' Hyman
Chris Kane
Andrew Marson

Bad Manners are an English 2 Tone ska band. They quickly became the novelty favourites of the UK pop scene through their bald outsized frontman's on-stage antics, earning early exposure through their Top of The Pops exploits and an appearance in the live film documentary, Dance Craze.[1]



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. They commemorated the 1981 closure of the school on the back sleeve of their Gosh It's... Bad Manners album.


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 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! and Ska 'n' B being their biggest hits.

After becoming popular in their native London, Bad Manners signed to Magnet Records in 1980 for a six figure sum, and became regular guests on television programmes shows such as Tiswas and Hold Tight.

Some of their more notable hits include "My Girl Lollipop", "Lip Up Fatty", "Can Can", "Lorraine", "Just A Feeling" and "Special Brew". 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 Buster mooned a concert audience, after being told that the Pope was watching on TV.[4]

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. The album was assisted with a TV advertisement promotion, and it brought the band back to the attention of the media.

The group then went on to sign a contract with Portrait Records in the United States and Mental Notes was released in 1985. For two years the band toured continuously all over the world but originally decided to disband in 1987.

Break-up and reformation

In 1987 Bad Manners went their separate ways, but Buster soon reformed the band with original members Louis Alphonso, Martin Stewart and Winston Bazoomies after he licensed the Blue Beat Records name and logo. Another original member, Chris Kane, also remained in the band, but left in 1989. He set up office in a 50ft barge in the back garden of his former home in Spring Hill, London, and released albums by Bad Manners, Napoleon Solo and Buster's Allstars. In 1990 he closed the label and Bad Manners found themselves without a recording contract but continued to tour. In 1992, Buster travelled to Berlin and signed a deal with Pork Pie Records and Fat Sound was released in Europe.

In 1995, Buster moved to Margate opening a hotel on the seafront called Fatty Towers, which catered for people with huge appetites. While living in Margate, Buster was a regular spectator at Margate F.C. and Bad Manners sponsored the club for one season. Fatty Towers closed in 1998 and did not re-open despite a facelift. After its closure, Buster immediately moved back to London.

During the late 1990s, a Third Wave ska revival renewed interest in the band and Bad Manners released Heavy Petting on Moon Ska Records in the US in 1997. Six years later, Buster decided to set up his own record label and the band released Stupidity on Bad Records in 2003.

In 2004, Bad Manners appeared on Never Mind The Buzzcocks in the Christmas special, performing festive songs to Phill Jupitus' team. (Jupitus is a fan of the band, and Buster Bloodvessel had appeared as a panellist on the show earlier that year)

As of 2010, Buster still performs with Bad Manners in venues all over the UK and Europe. He is the only original member left in the band, but Winston Bazoomies is an 'honorary member' of the group, meaning he can rejoin Bad Manners at any time he wishes to.

Louis 'Alphonso' Cook and Martin Stewart went on to play in Skaville UK, who released two albums on Moon Ska World in the UK. The keyboard player announced his retirement from the music industry in January 2009, and lives in North London. David Farren now plays in The Rolling Stones' tribute band The Rollin Stoned, while Chris Kane is now a session musician. He became a music teacher in the early 90s and also performed with The Jordanaires. Brian Tuitt works at a recording studio owned by a-ha and lives in Kent, whilst Andrew Marson worked as a carpenter in and around London after leaving the band. He now lives in his hometown of Birmingham. Paul Hyman lives in Enfield and he has often guested with his trumpet with the ska band, Too Many Crooks.

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.



Studio albums

An album, Eat The Beat, was released in 1988. Only 1000 copies were printed, and sold to members of the Bad Manners Fan Club. Some of the tracks later appeared on Return of the Ugly in 1989. [2]


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 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) 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

  • Bad Manners (MCA Records / U.S.) (1982)
  • Klass (MCA Records / U.S.) (1983)
  • The Height of Bad Manners (Telstar Records) (1983) UK # 23
  • 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)
  • Greatest Hits Live (Dojo Records) (1993)
  • Fatty Fatty (Lagoon Records / France) (1993)
  • Fat Sound (Triple X Records / U.S.) (1993)
  • Skinhead (Lagoon Records / France) (1994)
  • Inner London Violence Live (Lagoon Records / France) (1994)
  • This Is Ska (Dojo Records) (1995)
  • Return of The Ugly (Dojo Records) (1995)
  • Forging Ahead (CD re-issue / Epic Records / U.S.) (1995)
  • Rare (T - Leaf Records) (1996)
  • Lip Up Fatty (Castle Records / U.S.) (1996)
  • 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 Revolution (1998) (Snapper)
  • The Collection (Cleopatra Records / America) (1998)
  • Mental Notes (CD re-issue / Captain Mod) (1999)
  • This Is Ska ! (Moon Ska Europe) (1999)
  • Eat The Beat (Moon Ska Europe) (1999)
  • Rare & Fatty (re - issue / Moon Records / U.S.) (1999)
  • The Singles Album (Crash Records / Germany) (2000)
  • Ska 'N B (CD re-issue / DSS Records / Austria) (2000)
  • Magnetism : The Best of Bad Manners (Warner Music) (2000)
  • The Best, The Baddest And The Ugliest (Ceresco / France) (2000)
  • Buster Bloodvessel's Bad Manners (Time Music) (2000)
  • Ska Party (Platinum Records) (2000)
  • Bad Manners (GFS) (2000)
  • Special Brew (Harry May Records) (2000)
  • Anthology (Eagle) (2001)
  • Best of Bad Manners Live (Pegasus) (2002)
  • Oi Our Greatest Hits (Blitz) (2003)
  • Bastards (Culture Press) (2003)
  • All Favourites (Brilliant Records / Netherlands) (2003)
  • Bad Manners 15 Years Jubilee Edition - CD Box set (Pork Pie / Germany) (2004)
  • Bad Manners Box Set Collection (10 Themed Albums / Bad Records) (2004)
  • Special Brew: The Platinum Collection (Warner Platinum) (2005)
  • Bad Manners Live! (Crown) 2005
  • Feel Like Jumping: Greatest Hits Live! (Sanctuary Records) (2005)
  • Can Can (Digipak) (Snapper Music) (2006)
  • Stupidity (SOS Records) (U.S. edition) (2007)
  • Walking In The Sunshine: The Best of Bad Manners (Warner Music UK / Demon Music Group) (2008)


  1. ^ - biography by Chris Woodstra
  2. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 39. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Walters, Sarah (4 September 2008). "Tongue and groove with Buster...". CityLife (M.E.N. media). Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  4. ^ The Official Bad Manners Web Site

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