Bad Manners

Inner London Violence Live

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Contractual difficulties prevented Bad Manners from recording in the studio between 1986 and 1989, but that did not stop the group from taking to the road. Inner London Violence was recorded during a string of British shows during 1987, (not, as the sleeve incorrectly states, 1988). The crowds are enthusiastic, the band no less so, and Bloodvessel insures everyone goes home happy.

Revisiting a variety of past glories including "Special Brew," "Lorraine," "Just a Feeling," "Walking in Sunshine," "Can Can," "My Boy (Girl) Lollipop" and "Samson and Deliah" (all British hits), tossing in a clutch of crowd faves from "Wooly Bully" to "Magnificent 7" (no-one covers a tune like Manners), this was a set bound to please. The band are exceptionally tight, and if the sound is just a tad slick, it's with the gloss of well-rehearsed pros who know precisely what to play and when. Fans may momentarily get nostalgic for the raucous flavor of the group's earlier tours, but on album you can't help but appreciate just how good this group sound. They storm across like "Ivor the Engine," and while "Can Can" may not be quite as delirious as in the old days, it's still dizzying, "Magnificent" is very nearly, and "Special Brew" is an absolute delight, while "Lorraine" is glorious. If you didn't live it, it's not too late; now you can enjoy the band live whenever you so desire.