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BUSTER Bloodvessel - born Douglas Trendle - formed Bad Manners with a bunch of mates in North London in 1976.

They rose to fame on the back of the ska revival in 1979.

The scene was dominated by the Two Tone label and The Specials and Madness. Bad Manners refused to sign to the Coventrybased label for fear of being seen as jumping on the bandwagon. Buster said: ``We'd been playing ska for years before Madness.'' A string of hits followed in the early 1980s, including Lip Up Fatty and Can Can.

After 1985's Mental Notes, the hits dried up, but the band have kept on playing live.

Buster appeared on a TV commercial after the failure of his Fatty Towers Hotel.

Buster said the band are set to release nine new albums of material via their official website at www.badmanners.net

Bad Manners are at Ystrad Mynach College, on Sunday, August 18. Tickets are pounds 3 for adults, pounds 2 for under-18s and pounds 1 for under-12s.

Family tickets for two adults and two children are pounds 7. To book tickets call 01443 816888.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 5, 2002
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