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 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 and they also achieved chart success with their first four studio albums.
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 TV shows like Tiswas.
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. The band was also banned from Italian TV after Buster mooned a concert audience, after being told that the Pope was watching on TV.
Bad Manners left Magnet Records in 1983 and Telstar Records released a compilation album, “The Height of Bad Manners”, which reached # 23 in the UK album charts. The album was assisted with a TV advert 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 America and “Mental Notes” was released in 1985. For two years the band toured continuously in countries all over the world and eventually decided to call it quits in 1987, but not for long. Bad Manners will play The Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis, IN on Friday May 13..
Bad Manners w/ Green Room Rockers
Friday May 13, 2011
The Vogue – 6259 N. College Ave
Ages: 21+ | Non-Smoking
Doors Open 8:00 PM