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The Boys in The Band

Mike Watts - Vocals/Trumpet

AKA- The Commander


The only original member of Badness after jointly forming the band in 1994. Mike had a number of jobs ranging from the jewellery trade to caravan manufacturing as well as being in the entertainment business until turning professional when Badness were formed.


He gained valuable experience on the famous "Northern Club Circuit" during the late 1980's & early 90's with such bands as "The Rooftops" and "Joe Stax and the Soul Stars". Having been a guitarist in the past, Mike now concentrates on lead vocals, trumpet and harmonica, bringing  Badness that authentic Ska sound.




Louis Palmer - Guitar


Louis is the newest and 76th musician to join Badness, jumping on board during the infamous Covid pandemic in 2020 he is also the first member to be born after the band were formed in 1994!


Louis writes and records many of his own songs in his spare time, he also brings an authentic ska sound and rhythm to Badness through his playing.......and makes a ridiculously good chicken wrap!! He also has an affinity to flavoured Rum






Jon Whinham - Bass


The gentle giant of the band Jon is so laid back he can fall asleep on a bass guitar bottom E string..!! Performing in the past with Legendary Hull bands such as Nine Play Hendrix, Pearls Cab Ride and the Steelyard & Steve Fulsham blues bands Jon joined the Badness express in May 2016 fitting in instantly.

A straight talking funny guy Jon can either be found on Stage Left or servicing 'Little Bud' his beloved Mini.

Ben Saville - Keyboards


"Who's boss 'o' keyboards now mate?"


Ben has been playing keyboards since he was a sperm and is a complete natural, He joined Badness at the begining of 2017 as part of the great Badness 'shake up'.


He has heaps of experience having previously performed with Hull band Shang-A-Lang and also gigged with John Rossal's Glitter Band around the UK as well as session work.


A great and talented kid but has a tendancy to only bring one shoe...!!!!






Conor Maher - Drums


The only none Hullensian in Badness. Conor is from Wigan and has been a session drummer for thirteen years now in which time he has recorded at the infamous Sun Studios in Memphis, performed with bands such as Toploader and Pigeon Detectives along with various artistes on BBC Introducing.


With the biggest appetite in the band Conor doesn't have a set list.....he has a Menu..!!!!







Clarke Newton - Sax


Lovely guy and the most sociable of the band...despite his former life living as a rock n roll star recluse after  performing on Top Of The Pops in 1977 with his then band HONKY!!


A great character but we still wonder how he plays the sax with no lungs ?!?

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