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When Bad Manners who hail from London started to make a splash in the music industry many labels wanted to sign them and despite being asked to sign to 2Tone decided to sign to Magnet Records and became one of the most successful bands of that era. The band even appeared in Dance Craze mainly because they were so closely associated with the 2 Tone movement they were one of six now iconic bands featured in the 1981 documentary film about the 2Tone movement.
Their hits include “My Girl Lollipop”, “Lip Up Fatty”, “Can Can”, “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 kept them continually in the public eye once the massive public interest Bad Manners subsided they left Magnet Records in. 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 television advertisement promotion, and it brought the band back to the attention of the media and the British public – but no further chart hits and ultimately disbanded.
Buster reformed the band with original members Louis Alphonso, Martin Stewart and Winston Bazoomies. Another original member, Chris Kane, also remained in the band, but left again.
during the nineties Buster Bloodvessel famously moved to Margate, and opened a hotel on the seafront called Fatty Towers, which catered for people with huge appetites. While living in Margate, he 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.
They released Heavy Petting on Moon Ska Records in the United States, Buster then set up another record label and the band released Stupidity on Bad Records.
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 fans from across the world but none of the band members themselves.
To this day the name Bad Manners are a by word for having a great time and Skamouth is proud to have them back performing on our stage.