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Bad Manners

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Bad Manners are a second-wave, or Two Tone, ska band.

Fronted by Buster Bloodvessel, the band was formed in 1976 while the members were at school together. None of the members had any formal musical training, not even the ability to play any instruments. Like other ska groups of the era, they were popular during the late 1970s and early 1980s. 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 front man. Buster's exploits got them banned from the British chart show Top of the Pops and even from the nation of Italy for ten years. Buster had decided after a particularly successful concert that he should moon the crowd, later to find that the Pope was in the audience.

Despite having scored many hits and featuring prominently in the charts of the early 1980s, Bad Manners is perhaps most renowned for their song "Special Brew". The song is ambiguous in meaning, but the most common interpretation of the song is that it is a love song to the famous drink after which it appears to be named. More recently, Bad Manners has dropped out of the charts, yet they have gained increasing popularity as a live band and are touring to this day.

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