Car Boot Vinyl Diaries

Car Boot Vinyl Diaries

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Armchair Disco

I bought this for 50p a couple of weeks ago; the Bad Manners version of the Can Can, which reached no.3 in the UK charts in 1981:

Bad Manners - Can Can (1981)

Bad Manners are a 2 Tone ska band from the UK fronted by Buster Bloodvessel.  They still tour to this day but Buster is the only remaining original member.  I bought this, their sixth single to give to my sister Vintage Vicki as a joke present for her 42nd birthday this week.  Last August Bank Holiday she was enthusiastically can-canning to this at her school reunion when she tore her Achilles tendon, something from which she is only now properly recovering.  I couldn't resist buying the single for her when I spotted it at a car boot sale, particularly when the b-side is called Armchair Disco, which was all she was capable of for some months!

The single stayed in the charts for a total of 13 weeks in 1981.  Here it is, plus the b-side on Spotify:

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