They quickly became the novelty favourites of the fad, through their bald, enormous-bodied frontman, 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.
Sadly, a growing wave of National Front skinhead-incited violence at the group’s London gigs resulted in a ban from most clubs in the British capital.
By the mid-80s, the ska craze was over, and Bad Manners 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.
“We were so drunk when we signed our (record) deal we got thrown out of six restaurants afterwards. The next day I thought we’d signed to WEA until the rest of the band showed me the things we’d nicked from the Magnet office”.
Buster Bloodvessel. 1980
Buster Bloodvessel (Douglas Trendle)
Louis Alphonso (Louis Cook)
Brian “Chew-it” Tuitti
Gus “Hot Lips” Herman (Paul Hyman)
Marcus Absent (Andy Marson)
Winston Bazoomies (Alan Sayag)