Legendary ska band, Bad Manners, is set to head to Teesside this month as they make their way to The Longlands Club in Middlesbrough for what is certain to be an adrenaline-fuelled night of skanking.
The band is famed for being one of the most successful ska revival bands, with the outfit spending 111 weeks overall in the UK singles chart.
Buster Bloodvessel, Bad Manners’ frontman, quickly became a poster boy for ska music with his eccentric dance moves and memorable performances on Top of the Pops. The bald, enormous-bodied frontman’s silly on-stage antics earned the band early exposure through 2-Tone Records package tours and an appearance in the live documentary, ‘Dance Craze’.
In the early 80s, they managed several UK 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’, only to return in 1989 with ‘Return of the Ugly’, remaining a live attraction despite a lack of concurrent hits. 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.
Their show in Middlesbrough is greatly anticipated by the vast amount of North East ska lovers and is certainly a date to put in your calendar. With exemplary hits including ‘Lip Up Fatty’ and ‘My Girl Lollipop’, their set will certainly be one remembered forever in the minds of Bad Manners’ fans.
Longlands Club venue owner, Michael Hill ,has passionately expressed his goals for Longlands as a cultural institution, stating that their mission is: “To break away from the typical social club stereotypes and drive the venue forward as a hub for live entertainment and functions in the area as well as being a community local with a modern feel”. He cites his ambitions for Longlands to become a: “Diverse, recognisable venue similar to the lively ambience of The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club in London which are born out of the ashes of old ‘social clubs’”.
Bad Manners play The Longlands Club, Middlesbrough on Sunday 12th August with support coming from Ska Boom UK and DJ Monty.
Tickets, priced at £17.50, are available from skiddle.com and seetickets.com or by contacting the venue on 01642 272 006.