They quickly became the novelty favourites of the fad, through their bald, enormous-bodied front man, Buster Bloodvessel, (real name – Douglas Trendle) and his silly onstage antics.
In the early 80s they managed several UK hits including Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu, Lip Up Fatty, Special Brew, My Girl Lollipop and Can Can.
By the mid-80s, the ska craze was over and the band retired temporarily, only to return in 1989 with Return Of The Ugly, remaining a solid live attraction despite a lack of subsequent hits.
Bad Manners had their name on the shirts of Margate FC in the late 1990s as part of a sponsorship deal with their record label. singer Buster Bloodvessel was running a hotel in Margate at the time and actually joined the football club’s board of directors.
Buster appeared in the film, Eldorado, starring Daryl Hannah, in 2012. He had a cameo role as a sheriff and also recorded music for the film.