on 21 July 2015
Very good debut from the early 80's ska pop band. Bad Manners were more of the goofy fun party band that the public mistakenly thought Madness was; Buster Bloodvessel and company do have the occasional serious tune like "Inner London Violence" on here, showing that they were aware of their time and place, but they for the most part stick to lighter fare. Indeed, like many of the UK ska bands of the late 70's/early 80's they didn't limit themselves to bluebeat, as the album title indicates; more than half the album is covers, many of those originally by non-ska acts (Sam The Sham's "Wooly Bully" in particular seems perfectly suited for this group, the horns adding that extra touch). Even so, the standout numbers for me besides the aforementioned "Inner London Violence" are the three singles: "Ne Ne Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" (a late 50's novelty song) and the originals "Lip Up Fatty" and "Special Brew". You have to hand it to any band that can craft a love song to a brand of beer that's musically inventive too. They would make three more albums with this lineup, all showing musical growth, but this is where they started, and in 2015 it's still a good party record.