Bad Manners formed in 1976 at Woodbury Down Comprehensive School in Camden Town, London. They began as a Ska band with hits Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu and Lip Up Fatty and progressed into pop during the 1980s, by which time they were a household name. Frontman and vocalist, Buster Bloodvessel, remained through the years to ensure that Bad Manners continues to record and tour in the same, unique party style.
About Bad Manners
Born as Douglas Trendle in 1958, Buster Bloodvessel joined Louis Cook on guitar, David Farren on bass, Martin Stewart on the keyboard, Brain Tutti on drums, Gus Herman on trumpet, Chris Kane on saxophone, and Andrew Marson on saxophone.
Bad Manners became known as much for their for their outrageous performances as their music, most notably the appearance of Bloodvessel’s long tongue and shaved head. This resulted in the band being banned from Top of the Pops.
In 1980 Bad Manners signed to Magnet Records and appeared on TV shows “Tiswas”, “The British Music Awards” in 1981 and “Cheggers Plays Pop”. They were one of six bands to feature on the legendary 1981 documentary film “Dance Craze”.
The band's first three albums were certified silver: Ska ’n’ B; Loonee Tunes!; and Gosh It’s… Bad Manners. The latter reached No. 18 on the UK album chart. Following their fourth album Forging Ahead in 1982, Telstar Records released a compilation album, The Height of Bad Manners, which reached number 23 in the UK Albums Chart. Bad Manners then moved to Portrait Records to release their 1985 album Mental Notes before a world tour. Return of the Ugly followed in 1989, Fat Sound in 1992, Heavy Petting in 1997 and Stupidity in 2003.
In 2011, Cherry Red Records released the band's first four albums on CD before another world tour. In December 2012, the band released their first single in thirteen years, What Simon Says.
Currently, the band is on their 40th Anniversary Tour.