Bad Manners live in 1993
Walking In The Sunshine 1981
The band was a household name in Britain for three glorious years 1980-1983. They made it into the top three twice, the top ten twice and the top thirty, eleven times. They were a most welcome addition to any TV show and made it onto Pebble Mill, Gloria Honeyford, Breakfast TV Workout, Hold Tight (for which they wrote the theme music), Educating Marmalade (for which they wrote the music) and many more.
The Top of the Pops appearances were among the band's favourites. Louis Cook and Buster have recalled how they all enjoyed being paid to get drunk and fool about as they mimed to their records! Some of the more noted appearances included Buster's Can Can dress and DM boots while the performance of Just a Feelin' saw him set up as a human 'blackhead' with dark stage paint on his bonce and tongue a wagging. In 1981, Bad Manners performed Can Can for the Brits awards and Buster again did the human blackhead impression while Sayagg stood at the back of the stage motionless bar his wild arm movements on the kettle drums.
After becoming popular in their native London, Bad Manners signed to Magnet Records in 1980, and became regular guests on television shows such as Tiswas. The band also appeared on The British Music Awards (1981) and Cheggers Plays Pop. In 1985, they also appeared on The Time of Your Life, hosted by Noel Edmonds. Being closely associated with the 2 Tone movement (though never signed to 2 Tone Records itself), they were one of six bands featured in the 1981 documentary film Dance Craze.
Some of their more notable hits include "My Girl Lollipop", "Lip Up Fatty", "Can Can", "Special Brew" and "Walking In The Sunshine". One of the main reasons for their notoriety, was their outlandish huge-tongued and shaven-headed frontman, Buster Bloodvessel. His manic exploits got them banned from the British BBC TV chart show Top of the Pops. The band was also banned from Italian TV after Bloodvessel mooned a concert audience, after being told that the Pope was watching on TV.