Special Brew – Bad Manners (1980)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Special Brew by Bad Manners. The record was released in 1980, on the Magnet record label and has been reworked into the silhouette of a  tankard of beer.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Bad Manners, 80’s Ska, lollipop ladies, Special Brew, Beer, Buster Bloodvessel or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Special Brew
Media Artist/s: Bad Manners
Record Label: Magnet
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Ska

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Additional information about this, Bad Manners vinyl art.

Bad Manners – The Artist

Bad Manners are an English two-tone and ska band led by frontman Buster Bloodvessel. They were at their most popular during the early 1980s, during a period when other ska revival bands such as Madness, the Specials and the Selector filled the charts. Bad Manners spent 111 weeks in the UK Singles Chart between 1980 and 1983, and they also achieved chart success with their first four studio albums. 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.

Special Brew – The Song

‘Special Brew’ is a song by British 2-tone and ska band Bad Manners, released in September 1980 and was the third single from their first album Ska ‘n’ B. It was the band’s joint biggest hit in the UK, reaching number 3 in the UK Singles Chart, where it stayed for two weeks. The song takes its inspiration from the Carlsberg lager Special Brew and is about someone who loves it like a significant other.

The Pint Tankard – The Shape

This record has been modelled into a pint tankard containing ‘Special Brew’ beer. Special Brew is a strong lager brewed only in Denmark, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. It was initially brewed by Carlsberg to commemorate a visit to Denmark by Winston Churchill in 1950. The flavour incorporates “cognac flavours among its tasting notes” as Churchill was partial to brandy. At 7.5% alcohol (previously 9%, then 8% for a short time), Special Brew is part of a group of strong lagers that are termed “super-strength” in the UK and malt liquor in the USA.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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