Can Can (Bad Manners song)

"Can Can" is a song by British 2-tone/ska band Bad Manners, released in June 1981 as the first single from their third album Gosh It's... Bad Manners. It is an instrumental song, based on the music "Galop infernal" written by French composer Jacques Offenbach which was later adopted as the music for the dance the can-can. The arrangement was credited to Bad Manners. It peaked at number 3 for four weeks on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band's joint biggest hit with "Special Brew".[1]

"Can Can"
Bad Manners Can Can.jpg
Single by Bad Manners
from the album Gosh It's... Bad Manners
B-side"Armchair Disco"
Released12 June 1981 (1981-06-12)
Songwriter(s)Jacques Offenbach
Producer(s)Roger Lomas
Bad Manners singles chronology
"Just a Feeling"
"Can Can"
"Walking in the Sunshine"


Reviewing the song for Record Mirror, John Shearlaw wrote "You wouldn't believe that Buster Bloodvessel could keep his (enormous) mouth shut for the length of a single, but that's exactly what he does on this delightful work-out of the theme that launched a thousand Westerns; and one that's a guaranteed hit. Dizzy production, instant appeal and a truly breathtaking piece of opportunism. Lift those legs!".[2]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Can Can" – 2:55
  2. "Armchair Disco" – 3:10


Chart (1981) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 76
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 13
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 15
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 14
UK Singles (OCC)[1] 3


  1. ^ a b "Bad Manners: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  2. ^ "Singles". Record Mirror: 10. 20 June 1981. Retrieved 12 November 2020 – via
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 311. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Bad Manners – Can Can" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Can Can". Irish Singles Chart.
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Bad Manners" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  7. ^ "Bad Manners – Can Can" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.