Buster Bloodvessel

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Buster Bloodvessel
Buster Bloodvessel in 2007 at the Dundee Doghouse
Buster Bloodvessel in 2007 at the Dundee Doghouse
Background information
Birth nameDouglas Trendle
Born (1958-09-06) 6 September 1958 (age 61)
Hackney, London
GenresSka, 2 Tone
Years active1976–present
Associated actsBad Manners, Buster's Allstars

Douglas Trendle (born 6 September 1958), better known as Buster Bloodvessel, is an English pop musician, who is the singer/frontman of the ska revival band Bad Manners.[1] His stage name was taken from the bus conductor in the Beatles' feature film Magical Mystery Tour.

Early life[edit]

Born in Stoke Newington as Douglas Woods to a single mother, Buster was adopted and brought up by his great-aunt Mary Trendle and her husband, Edward. He did not know he was adopted until the age of seven, when he overheard his adoptive mother talking to a neighbour. He discovered that the woman that he knew as 'Auntie Lily', was really his mother. He never met his father[citation needed].

Music career[edit]

He founded Bad Manners with friends at Woodberry Down Comprehensive School in north London in 1976.[citation needed] Bad Manners were a popular live attraction in North London, with their brand of humorous ska making them comedians of the ska revival scene, with Buster often wagging his large tongue at his audiences. Bad Manners earned nine Top 40 singles between 1980 and 1983.

However, the group originally split up in 1987, after their contract with Portrait Records finished and he eventually formed a new outfit called Buster's Allstars, performing at clubs and pubs in London, but he still played some concerts with Bad Manners at larger venues, along with some new musicians and a few other original band members.

In 1988, Buster licensed the Blue Beat Records name and logo, and he ran the record label from an old houseboat that was stationed in Hackney. Blue Beat issued a number of releases, notably by Bad Manners, Napoleon Solo, Buster's Allstars and the Billies, but the label folded in 1990.

Buster Bloodvessel also appeared in the films Out of Order and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid before landing a part in an episode of Boon in 1990. In 1998, he signed a solo deal with the Virgin Records offshoot label, Innocent Records, and recorded an album but the label decided to axe the project just before his debut solo single was to be released.

Personal life[edit]

Buster struggled with morbid obesity and underwent laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery in 2004, his weight dropping from 31 stone (196.86 kg/434 Lbs) to 13 stone (82.6 kg/182 Lbs).[2]

He once owned a hotel in Margate called Fatty Towers, which specifically catered for larger customers, with features such as extra large beds and baths as well as fatty meals.[3] The hotel closed in 1998 and Buster moved back to London. He often appears as a guest on various television shows, as well as in the tabloid newspapers. He was the main sponsor of Margate F.C. in the 1990s.[4]

In early 2001 he fell ill during a concert in Perugia.[3][5]


  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (1997) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0159-7, p. 35
  2. ^ "Buster’s “Special Brew” set to entertain thousands!", BBC, 14 March 2006, retrieved 2011-04-13
  3. ^ a b "Buster Bloodvessel seriously ill", BBC, 1 February 2001, retrieved 2011-04-13
  4. ^ Baker, Andrew (9 November 1997). "Football: A giant and his giant-killers". The Independent. Retrieved 28 July 2020.