It has been announced that Bad Manners will be making an appearance at The Hawth this August. With a career spanning decades, they 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 favorites through their bald, enormous-bodied frontman, Buster Bloodvessel’s (born Douglas Trendle), 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, but they weren’t gone for long and came back in 1989 with Return of the Ugly. By the mid-’90s, a third wave ska revival renewed interest in the band. Eat the Beat was released in 1996 and Uneasy Listening followed in 1997, as well as several collections from the band’s peak years.
Bad Manners will be at The Hawth on Wednesday 22nd August 2018. Information about tickets can be found on the theatre website.