#Review: Bad Manners – Arts Club, Liverpool


The minute Bad Manners bounded onto the stage you knew you were going to be in for a good night.  Their energy was unmatchable, their enthusiasm was unfathomable and their performance was simply electric!  Bad manners know how to entertain and party…well!

The audience of mostly thirty somethings upwards, packed out the all standing venue of the O2 Academy who danced and sang like they have never danced and sang before! The set consisted of hit after hit for a duration of two hours of sheer delight and Ska indulgence.

Bad Manners were truly magnificent live. They are the jewel in the 80s SKA crowd. 

The band for this tour comprising of: a drummer, four wind musicians, a backing singer who doubled as a harmonica player and an amazing brass section of two saxophonists, one trumpeter and a one trombone player, played just as much of a role as Buster Bloodvessel himself who was on lead vocals.  One particular saxophonist stood out, he was so up for a party, rousing and encouraging the crowd to become even more hyped than they already were – if at all possible – leading the formation dancing that punctuated every high note of each track.

Having previously seen them live, I can categorically confirm that they never disappoint as from the outset they have the crowd up on their feet, bouncing, dancing and moshing the night away to all their big hits, such as: Special Brew, My Girl Lollipop, “Can Can, Lip Up Fatty and Lorraine.  

This talented two tone sensation epitomises everything good about ska. Their beat reverberates through your chest; the lyrics are simple for crowds to chant along to and they ooze fun and 80s nostalgia in bucket loads.  Larger-than-life Buster Bloodvessel, who formed the band in the late 1970s just gets better and better with age.  Simply, they put on a high energy, cracking good show of aggressive and highly danceable good-time ska music.

Set List: This Is Ska, My Girl Lollipop,Lorraine, Feel Like Jumpin, Fatty Fatty, Walking in the sunshine, Sally Brown, Echo 42, The Vengeance of Ivor The Engine. Your Just too Good to Be True, Just A Feeling, Skinhead Girl, Violence, Skank Da Pussycat, Na, Na, Na, Na, Noo Nah, I Love ya, Don’t You be Angry, Bully Bully, Special Brew.Encore:Don’t Knock the Bald Head, Lip Up Fatty, Can Can.

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