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Lip up, Fatty! Exclusive interview with Bad Manners

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There will be a rare performance of ska legends Bad Manners Monday night at Safari Sam’s. One of the few original ska musicians still performing, frontman Buster Bloodvessel is a survivor in more than one way. This is their first U.S. performance since Buster’s near-death experience six years ago. He has managed to not only bounce back, but is in incredible shape and ready to continue spreading the joy of skanking around the world. Perhaps best known in the United States for the hit, Lip Up Fatty and performance in the movie Dance Craze, Bad Manners went on to record an impressive number of albums, amassing eleven Top-20 hits.

LAists Bob and Elise joined Buster for a nice lunch in beautiful downtown Corona yesterday. We discussed his remarkable recovery, his many business ventures, and his plans for the future, as well as getting some serious schooling on the history of ska.

After making it big, Buster didn’t just kick back on his own private island, but helped to promote ska music with a now-defunct record company, and an annual ska festival (Badfest) that is still going strong. In fact, big things are in the works for the future, with possible musical events aboard a ship (The Blood Vessel), a music event spanning multiple cities all across Europe, and maybe even a festival on that private island (Yes. He really owns an island. It’s a few acres on a river in London, but it’s a fucking island).