Bad Manners Biography

A formidable chart presence when the UK 2-Tone ska revival was at its peak, this north London-based outfit originally came together in 1976 as Stoop Solo And The Sheet Starchers. The unit came to be known as Buster Bloodvessel And His Bad Manners, and then simply Bad Manners, and comprised Buster Bloodvessel (Douglas Trendle, 6 September 1958; lead vocals), Gus ‘Hot Lips’ Herman (trumpet), Chris Kane (saxophone), Andrew ‘Marcus Absent’ Marson (saxophone), Winston Bazoomies (harmonica), Brian ‘Chew-it’ Tuitti (drums), David Farren (bass), Martin Stewart (keyboards) and Louis ‘Alphonzo’ Cook (guitar). Fronted by the exuberant Bloodvessel, whose shaven head, rotund build, protruding tongue and often-outrageous costume provided a strong comic appeal, the band enjoyed a brief run of UK hits in the early 80s. Released on the Magnet label, their string of UK hits commenced with the catchy ‘Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu’ followed by 11 UK chart entries, including four Top 10 hits, ‘Special Brew’, ‘Can Can’, ‘Walking In The Sunshine’ and a remake of Millie’s hit retitled ‘My Girl Lollipop’. Although this musically tight unit is still very popular on the live circuit, the band’s mass novelty appeal had worn thin by the middle of 1983 when the hits ceased. In the late 80s Bloodvessel formed Buster’s All-Stars to motivate the other members of Bad Manners into doing something. In recent years he has toured occasionally with the band, done some film acting as well as trying his hand as an hotelier at the appropriately named Fatty Towers in Margate, Kent.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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