SKA BEATS PLAY STONE VALLEY FESTIVAL! 23rd-24th JUNE
April 11, 2017
The Ska Beats are pleased to launch their new look website, keeping you up to date with all their gigs and exciting news, they would like to take this...
NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH
March 26, 2014
THE SKA BEATS RETURN FOR WORLD RENOWNED 17TH ANNUAL JAZZ & BIG BAND FESTIVAL IN IRELAND!
January 6, 2019
THE SKA BEATS SUPPORT BAD MANNERS 25th March 2016
February 12, 2016
Fronted by Buster Bloodvessel (born Douglas Trendle), the band was formed in 1976 while the members were together at Woodberry Down Comprehensive School near Manor HOUSE , North London. They commemorated the 1981 closure of the school on the back sleeve of their Gosh It's... Bad Manners album.
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.
Bad Manners left Magnet Records in 1983, and Telstar Records released a compilation album, The Height of Bad Manners, which reached number 23 in the UK Albums Chart. The album was assisted with a television advertisement promotion, and it brought the band back to the attention of the media and the British public - but no further chart hits.
The group then went on to sign a contract with Portrait Records in the United States and Mental Notes was released in 1985. For two years the band toured CONTINUOUSLY all over the world but decided to disband in 1987.
The Ska Beats are a 7 piece Ska covers band made up of the old boys and the new boys of ska. The old boys are from the Two Tone Ska era and have lived and breathed it, the new boys are music students who are now hooked on it.
We love the live shows and the people we meet. We have never been a band that spouts how good we are but what we do promise is t...hat you will be entertained - even if you’re not a massive Ska fan.