AGMP & SENBLA  Presents     BAD MANNERS  Live at The Islington Assembly Hall, Islington Town Hall Upper Street, London, N1 2UD     Saturday 18 February 2012      Tickets £20 Standing, £25 Balcony Seating – Doors 7pm  Buy tickets:     The infamous larger- than- life and outlandish cult Ska band is back for exclusive London show     Fronted by Buster Bloodvessel (born Douglas Trendle), the band was formed in 1976 while the members were at school together, and among their early incarnations were known as Stoop Solo and the Sheet Starchers. None of the members had any formal musical training, not even the ability to play any instruments. They became popular during the late 1970s and early 1980s, a period when lots of similar ska bands filled the charts. Some of their hits include "My Girl Lollipop", "Lip Up Fatty", "Special Brew" and "Ne-Ne-Na-Na-Na-Na-Nu-Nu". One of the main reasons for their notoriety was because of their outlandish, larger-than-life, huge tongued & shaven-headed front man. Buster's exploits got them banned from the British TV chart show Top of the Pops (which included dressing as Henry VIII and singing to a blow-up doll for the song "Lorraine", pouring a large can of baked beans over his head, and dressing in a can-can dancer's dress to promote their single "Can-Can").  By 1979, the Bad Manners spectacle was created and there was a firm following for the band in North and East London's venues. Fronted by the enormous and outrageous BUSTER BLOODVESSEL this nine-piece musical mini-orchestra took the scene by storm with a diet of luscious and endearing lunacy that is still kicking today, except today they are recognized and welcomed across continents, oceans and especially Finland. Their early forays into the pubs and clubs created a cult live following that enabled them to be signed by Magnet Records for an 'undisclosed' sum of money without even recording a demo tape. They had succeeded in creating a unique blend of SKA, jump blues and boogie known as Ska'N'B which became the name of their first album in 1980.  Between 1980 and 1983, they spent 111 weeks in the pop charts and had 15 hit singles. Their time in the charts exceeded that of Little Richard, Fats Domino, The Moody Blues, Culture Club and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.  The band were always far more than a simple charting prospect however as anyone who has seen them live will know. They are an unbelievable live act with a cult status that transcends anything the less charitable critic might dare to write.    
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