“Ska ’N’ B” by Bad Manners - album review

TJR says

The second-wave of Ska which exploded in the UK in the late 70s was good for this 4-year-old group of Northern London schoolmates. Their debut 45, “Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu” (Dicky Doo and The Don'ts, 1958) was issued in February, 1980 and gave them a Top 30 hit single. They had better tunes up their sleeve though, and these were unveiled on their debut long-player just two months later. The never-get-rich nonet were: Doug Trendle (vocals), Alan Sayagg (harmonica), Louis Cook (guitar), Andrew Marson (saxophone), Gus Herman (trumpet), Chris Kane (saxophone), David Farren (bass), Brian Tuitt (drums) and Martin Stewart (keyboards). The album featured 6 covers in total; as well as the aforementioned opener there was “Fatty Fatty” (The Heptones, 1967), “Monster Mash” (Bobby (Boris) Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers, 1962), “Caledonia” (Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five, 1945), “Magnificent 7” (Elmer Bernstein, 1960) and “Wooly Bully” (Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs, 1964). Whilst these have a certain degree of charm, some moments are a little too cartoonish for their own good. I find their originals to be much more rewarding, beginning with the excellent “Here Comes The Major” which is ON it, brilliantly mixing up Ska rhythms and featuring all the strengths of the group from harmonica to horns to keyboards to Buster's vocals. Over on side two is the classic one-two single double-whammy from May and September, “Lip Up Fatty” (#15) and “Special Brew” (#3) which established them as a household name up and down the land. “Inner London Violence” hints at an altogether different direction - they could have played it straight and political like their 2-Tone compadres had they so wished but, of course, they immediately sabotage this fantasy with the Bonzo-Dog-like novelty number “Scruffy, The Huffy Chuffy Tugboat”. Sigh, what am I going to do with them? Haha, a fun-packed good-quality debut whichever way you look at it.

The Jukebox Rebel
20-Oct-2016

A1 [02:35] 5.8.png Bad Manners - Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu (Ed Deane, Al Dredick) Ska / Rocksteady
A2 [02:54] 8.5.png Bad Manners - Here Comes The Major (Doug Trendle, Alan Sayagg, Louis Cook, Andrew Marson, Gus Herman, Chris Kane, David Farren, Brian Tuitt, Martin Stewart) Ska / Rocksteady
A3 [02:25] 6.3.png Bad Manners - Fatty Fatty (Clancy Eccles, Leroy Sibbles) Ska / Rocksteady
A4 [04:22] 6.2.png Bad Manners - King Ska/Fa (Doug Trendle, Alan Sayagg, Louis Cook, Andrew Marson, Gus Herman, Chris Kane, David Farren, Brian Tuitt, Martin Stewart) Ska / Rocksteady
A5 [03:01] 5.2.png Bad Manners - Monster Mash (Bobby Pickett, Leonard L. Capizzi) Novelty
A6 [02:58] 6.5.png Bad Manners - Caledonia (Louis Jordan, Fleecie Moore) Big Band / Jive / Swing
B1 [02:31] 5.3.png Bad Manners - Magnificent 7 (Elmer Bernstein) Pop
B2 [03:09] 5.9.png Bad Manners - Wooly Bully (Domingo Samudio) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [02:48] 9.4.png Bad Manners - Lip Up Fatty (Doug Trendle, Alan Sayagg, Louis Cook, Andrew Marson, Gus Herman, Chris Kane, David Farren, Brian Tuitt, Martin Stewart) Ska / Rocksteady
B4 [03:37] 9.7.png Bad Manners - Special Brew (Doug Trendle, Alan Sayagg, Louis Cook, Andrew Marson, Gus Herman, Chris Kane, David Farren, Brian Tuitt, Martin Stewart) Ska / Rocksteady
B5 [03:56] 7.1.png Bad Manners - Inner London Violence (Doug Trendle, Alan Sayagg, Louis Cook, Andrew Marson, Gus Herman, Chris Kane, David Farren, Brian Tuitt, Martin Stewart) Ska / Rocksteady
B6 [01:39] 4.6.png Bad Manners - Scruffy, The Huffy Chuffy Tugboat (Doug Trendle, Alan Sayagg, Louis Cook, Andrew Marson, Gus Herman, Chris Kane, David Farren, Brian Tuitt, Martin Stewart) Novelty




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