Bad Manners to play The Fleece on Boxing DayPosted on: 20 Dec 2017
The inimitable ska band Bad Manners will be creating their usual brand of musical mayhem and havoc at The Fleece in Bristol on Tuesday 26th December 2017. Tickets for the show are now sold out, but see the bottom of this article for links to potential ticket updates and last-minute availability.
Channelling the musical stylings and energy from the likes of The Specials and the ska revival movement in the late 70s, their bald, boisterous frontman Buster Bloodvessel - assisted by Louis Cook (guitar), David Farren (bass), Martin Stewart (keyboards), Brian Tuitti (drums), Gus Herman (trumpet), Chris Kane (saxophone), and Andrew Marson (saxophone) - made them one of the craziest, most memorable acts of the 80s.
Their exposure grew through the like of 2-Tone Records package tours and an appearance on the Dance Craze live documentary, and their reputation was quickly cemented with the likes of seminal, catchy UK hits such as Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu, Lip Up Fatty, Can Can and, of course, Special Brew.
Bad Manners retired temporarily after the release of Mental Notes in 1985 but came bouncing back in 1989 with Return of the Ugly, and by the mid-90s they enjoyed a fresh, intoxicating revival as the result of a renewed interest in ska. Now, they play to huge crowds wherever they go, mixing legendary tunes with implacable energy and plenty of high-spirited, fun-drenched anarchy.
Jamie is a writer, blogger, journalist, critic, film fan, soundtrack nerd and all-round Bristolian good egg. He loves the music of Philip Glass, the art of Salvador Dali, the writings of Charles Bukowksi and Hunter S Thompson, the irreverence of Harry Hill, and the timeless, straw-chomping exuberance of The Wurzels. You can sometimes find him railing against a surging tide of passing cyclists, or gorging himself senseless on the Oriental delights of a Cosmos all-you-can-eat buffet.