Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Bad Manners

Bad Manners were the fun side of British Ska music. In some ways maybe their music and its impact was slightly over shadowed by bands such as Madness and The Specials, but they had a hugely successful chart career in the early 1980s. My favourite song by them has always been "Special Brew", and I remember buying this as a teenage school boy in picture disc format from HMV in Oxford Street. This was back in the days when record shops were king, and the very occasionally treat was to save up pocket money and head into London as this was long before HMV and Virgin Megastore had stores in every major town.

What other band could have had a hit with "Can Can" selling bucket loads of copies. Just great fun pop music, and maybe a lesson here for bands of today when the fun element seems to have gone from music...

Fortunately the band in its various guises always with Buster Bloodvessel at the helm have continued to tour over the years. I used to enjoy their Christmas gigs especially. They would play at my favourite late night drinking haunt in Reading, The After Dark Club, and my biggest claim to fame was having a pee with Buster in the toilet just before he went on stage. He said "Alright mate!"

Thursday, 2 February 2012

The Men They Couldn't Hang

Back in the mid 1980s I had a flirtation with "The Men They Couldn't Hang" more than likely because they would have been getting some nighttime airplay on Radio 1. In particular it was the single "Ironmasters" that inspired me to go out and get their debut album "Night Of A Thousand Candles".

The other amazing single from that debut album in fact the debut single was "The Green Fields of France".

I never followed up my initial interest in the band for some unknown reason. However recently they played The Gathering in North Wales supporting Mike Peters and The Alarm, and it gave me a welcome opportunity to reacquaint myself with the band. It was an absolute blinding set and over all too quickly, and I would highly recommend them. I hope to catch them live in their own right sometime soon.