Oh yes: a wordplay on the band name Man. Or?
I do not know much about this outfit - only the identities of two players:
Micky Jones: guitar (of Man band fame, of course), and
Al Maclean: bass (now with Hershey & The Twelve Bars).
Hershey's band has the following story on Mr. Maclean on their web page:
" Started his career with VOICE SQUAD, KOKOME and the like. Progressed
to bass with bands such as THE ATTACK, MANIPULATOR (with Welsh
legend Mickey Jones) and now plays with the highly rated Paul Cox and
SOUL INTENTION and THE JOHN SLAUGHTER BLUES BAND. The best
singer In the band and everyone's favorite Aunt."
I mailed Tim Whitcombe, who maintains the excellent website "The Man Band Home Page" (see link under "Man" entry). What did he know about Manipulator?
"All I really know is that it was a band Micky Jones played with after
Man split and before they reformed. I think I read somewhere that they
were just a duo, but I could be wrong. As far as I know, nothing was
ever recorded. Shame, MJ is simply one of the best guitarists I have
ever heard... and he seems to get better with age !"
So far Tim Whitcombe.
More information invited!