Bad Manners, composed of vocalist Buster Bloodvessel (born Douglas Trendle),
Louis Cook (guitar), David Farren (bass), Martin Stewart (keyboards), Brian
Tuitti (drums), Gus Herman (trumpet), Chris Kane (saxophone), and Andrew Marson
(saxophone), were one of the many bands to take their inspiration from the
Specials and the ska revival movement in England in the late '70s.
They quickly became the novelty favorites of the fad through their bald,
enormous-bodied front man’s silly on-stage antics, earning early exposure
through 2-Tone Records package tours and an appearance in the live documentary
Dance Craze. In the early '80s, they managed several U.K. hits including "Ne-Ne
Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu," "Lip Up Fatty," "Special Brew," and "Can Can." By the
mid-'80s, the ska craze was over and the band retired temporarily after the
release of 1985's Mental Notes, only to return in 1989 with Return of the Ugly,
remaining a live attraction despite a lack of recent hits. By the mid-'90s, a
third wave ska revival renewed interest in the band. If you want solid,
dance-happy party music, Bad Manners live fit the bill.