BAD MANNERS - SKA 'N' B - Magnet Records 12" Vinyl LP Album

Ska'n'B is the 1980 debut full-length album by British Ska band "Bad Manners"


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Album Description:

In the vibrant and ever-evolving world of ska music, one band stands out as a true icon of the genre - Bad Manners. With their charismatic frontman Buster Bloodvessel leading the way, they burst onto the scene in 1980 with their debut album, "Ska 'n' B". This article delves deep into the history, making, and impact of this classic record, offering insights into the band's lineup, production, and the distinctive sound that defined an era.

The Birth of Ska 'n' B

Released in 1980 on Magnet Records, "Ska 'n' B" was Bad Manners' first full-length studio album. The band, hailing from London, was formed in 1976 and quickly became known for their energetic live performances and their unique blend of ska, pop, and punk influences. While ska had been around for decades, Bad Manners injected it with a fresh and distinctive sound that would help redefine the genre in the early '80s.

Production and Recording

The album was produced by Roger Lomas, known for his work with various ska and reggae acts. Lomas' involvement brought a level of authenticity and expertise to "Ska 'n' B". Kim Holmes served as the sound/recording engineer, ensuring that the album captured the band's lively and dynamic live sound.

Recording took place at two prominent studios: Horizon Studios in Coventry and PYE Studios in London. These choices were significant as Coventry had long been associated with the 2 Tone ska movement, while London offered access to top-notch recording facilities. This blend of locations added depth and character to the album's overall sound.

The Musicians Behind the Magic

"Ska 'n' B" wouldn't have been the masterpiece it is without the incredible talents of its band members:

1. Buster Bloodvessel - Vocals: Buster's charismatic and larger-than-life persona defined Bad Manners. His boisterous stage presence and powerful vocals were the driving force behind the band's success.

2. Louis Alphonso - Guitar: Louis's guitar work added an infectious groove to the band's ska sound, ensuring that every track had an irresistible rhythm.

3. David Farren - Bass: David's bass lines provided the backbone for the album's songs, delivering that unmistakable ska bounce.

4. Brian Tuitt - Drums: Brian's drumming was the heartbeat of Bad Manners, driving the songs forward with infectious energy.

5. Martin Stewart - Keyboards: Martin's keyboard skills added layers of melody and texture to the band's music, creating a rich sonic landscape.

6. Chris Kane - Saxophone: Chris's saxophone playing added the signature brass sound that is a hallmark of ska music.

7. Andrew Marson - Saxophone: Andrew's saxophone skills complemented Chris's, creating a powerful horn section that elevated the band's live performances.

8. Paul "Gus" Hyman - Trumpet: Gus's trumpet added a bright and lively sound to the mix, enhancing the band's ska and pop influences.

9. Winston Bazoomies - Harmonica: Winston's harmonica playing added a unique and bluesy touch to certain tracks, showcasing the band's musical versatility.

The Album's Legacy

"Ska 'n' B" was a critical and commercial success upon its release in 1980. The album featured Bad Manners' signature hit, "Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu", which became an anthem for the ska revival movement. The infectious melodies, catchy lyrics, and danceable rhythms of tracks like "Lorraine" and "My Girl Lollipop" endeared Bad Manners to a wide audience.

This album marked the beginning of a successful career for Bad Manners, and they would go on to release more albums and continue touring, cementing their status as ska legends. "Ska 'n' B" remains a beloved classic in the world of ska music and serves as a testament to the band's enduring talent and influence.

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Collectors information / Album Description: 

Ska'n'B is the first album by Bad Manners from the year 1980.

Music Genre:

  SKA Revival

Album Production Information:

  The album: "Bad Manners - Ska 'n' B" was produced by: Roger Lomas / Rolo Records Productions
Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Kim Holmes
This album was recorded at: Horizon Studios, Coventry and PYE Studios, London

Record Label Information:

  Magnet Records MAGL 5033

Media Format:

  12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

  1980 Made in England
Band Members and Musicians on: Bad Manners - Ska 'n' B
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Buster Bloodvessel - Vocals
  • Louis Alphonso - Guitar
  • David Farren - Bass
  • Brian Tuitt - Drums
  • Martin Stewart - Keyboards
  • Chris Kane - Saxophone
  • Andrew Marson - Saxophone
  • Paul "Gus" Hyman - Trumpet
  • Winston Bazoomies - Harmonica
Track Listing of: "Bad Manners - Ska 'n' B"

The Songs/tracks on "Bad Manners - Ska 'n' B" are

  1. Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu (Eddie Dean/Al Dredick) - 2:35
  2. Here Comes The Major - 2:54
  3. Fatty Fatty (Clancy Eccles/Leroy Sibbles) - 2:25
  4. King Ska/Fa - 4:22
  5. Monster Mash (Leonard Capizzi/Bobby Boris Pickett) - 3:01
  6. Caledonia - 2:58
  7. Magnificent 7 (Elmer Bernstein) - 2:31
  8. Wooly Bully (Domingo Samudio) - 3:09
  9. Lip Up Fatty - 2:48
  10. Special Brew - 3:37
  11. Inner London Violence - 3:56
  12. Scruffy, The Huffy Chuffy Tugboat - 1:39
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