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The History of Bad Manners

Bad Manners 1996-1999 : Recordings and a hotel adventure…

Tour PassAs 1996 came along, band personnel were undergoing life changes. Dave Turner and Matt Godwin got married while Buster and his long-term partner Angie became increasingly interested in a new business venture beyond their kebab stall in Ramsgate. There was also great interest, rumour and enthusiasm for the brand new Bad Manners album Heavy Pettin' with original material by Louis Cook, produced by Marcus Bush and distributed by DOJO, MoonSKA and Pork Pie. Mark and Sandra Shipman had now established Tea Leaf Records and were about to launch the Bad Manners Rare album. This CD when launched received critical acclaim from all Manners fans and the SKA world in general. It contained superb covers of classics such as Double Barrel, considered to be one of the best Bad Manners tracks ever by classically trained Dave Welton (trombone, Bad Manners) and it also contained little known studio prototypes of material that had graced Mental Notes. A number of cuts featured Alan Sayagg at his loveable and surreal best. On one track he was singing ala Elvis about being a Trucker while on another he was a bard, extolling the virtues of a woman who he referred to simply as 'You and your pussy my love.' All of these things made the album a hit for the true Manners lover. Nothing could prepare even the most hardened Bad Manners fan for Buster's next venture into the world of catering and leisure…

Fatty Towers c.1996-2000 & R.I.P…

With the recording cycle more or less complete, Buster's mind had been taken by BM LIVEa new idea. He was tired of the Health Police's hectorings as he called them. He was now 28 stone in weight. He therefore decided to create a leisure and pleasure formula for all fatties and those skinnies who wanted to eat, eat and eat. Fatty Towers was thus born! Buster and Angie had been living in London and the Kent resort of Ramsgate for some years now. They were both aware of the potential for a fun food concept and had already trialled the formula in Ramsgate, before they came across the property in Margate.

The Club 18-30 Stone society had been created by Buster in Ramsgate in the early 1990's. Members were invited to a regular club dinner by Buster and Angie. They had to pay but £5 and were challenged not become full. Should they be able to eat their full dinner, their £5 was returned.

Live AtlantaAt such gatherings, Buster was able to indulge his guests in one of his chief pleasures - fine and hearty catering from the most remote corners of the world. In this way, he was clearing the way for the Fatty Towers concept. Guests were treated to meals including :

Lard Arse Pudding

Double figure weights in finest beef steak and kidney, prepared in Guinness and finished in a rich suet pastry, into which was inserted smoked Oysters.

Pork in Clams

Large shanks of bacon pork and ham were cooked in a rich tomato gravy, flavoured with Spanish Chorizo sausages. Into this bubbling cauldron were placed a huge number of large British sea clams with thick shells. In the process both sausage and clams almost merged…

With such dishes on offer, the Club 18-30 Stone paid out not a penny in refunds during its existence. Buster knew the food formula could work. His next move came with the take over of a vacant hotel in Margate.

A time a place and an announcement…

In Summer 1996, the Band were on tour through the East Midlands and played Slimms I think SFan open air show in Mansfield as the final leg of a journey which had seen performances across the UK. They were given the mayor's residence as a dressing room and were fed and watered well. At the end of the gig they piled into the bus in stage clothes and it was driven through the night to Norwich where they appeared on The Time and the Place. The programme was interested in the 'issues' faced by FAT PEOPLE IN SOCIETY and naturally, Buster had something to say. The band were there to perform LIP UP FATTY to close the show. As John Stapleton closed the debate Buster was invited to announce Lip Up Fatty. He also managed to announce the opening of FATTY TOWERS in Margate and invited the whole nation to visit !

Fatty Towers was now born and it had reached the public's attention in true Bad Manners style…

Fatty Towers…

Buster's hotel was opened to the strains of a massive party in December 1996 Doug & Louis Saffron Waldenand offered impossible meals (48 ounce steaks, 4.5lb meat puddings etc), huge beds, tequila slush puppies, pleasure rooms, big baths, the St John's Ambulance and a Cardiac Cashback guarantee in the event of misfortune. The hotel was a sensation in both its image and reality. This writer can vouch for that as he personally visited it four times.

Buster worked it for two glorious years. He became something of a local celebrity in Margate and was involved in many charitable events as well as setting up a number of local new acts and fielding many brilliant stunts from the hotel, including Belly of the Year contest.

Across 1997 and 1998, the hotel continued to trade but in Autumn 1998 Buster decided to move on from the business owing to personal reasons. In an uncharacteristic swipe the papers gave a less than charitable spin on events, which was disappointing for a press that has always given Buster a fair crack.
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