Thursday, April 27, 2006

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Went and saw punk legends The Buzzcocks last Sunday, a great experience!
The band delivered a powerful performance playing both new and older material much to the delight of the audience in the completely packed RUST on Nørrebro, Copenhagen.

Buzzcocks have often been cited as "the Beatles of punk" because of their similar talent for finely crafted and melodic songs, but coming from a different era than the lads from Liverpool the mancurian Buzzcocks stayed with the pop sensibility, but added the aggressive simplicity and nihilistic (but often humorous) world view of Punk.

Despite all this, the Buzzcocks were not part of my teenage record collection back in the early eighties. I had stumbled over them on the odd compilation now and then, but my interest first really grew when "What do I get" appeared on the soundtrack of the movie "Ghostworld" (it's the nineties, and retro-punk perfectionist Enid dances to them alone in her room, a classic punk, and teen, experience)

A great band, a great night, and a reminder of the days of youth when you could only meet people who were like you by going to a punk gig...
Once the gig was over it was out the door and back to reality: shitty jobs (or no jobs) boring dead-end education, boring suburban life, getting your ass kicked by bikers, preppies, yuppies, the seemingly endless cold war, surviving hippies everywhere telling you to shut up, stop complaining, and start buying some Procul Harum albums, worn out working class parents or overworked upperclass parents, or no parents, or no friends, or no money, or no nothing, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc,

Not surprisingly, a lot of people simply went home to start their own bands.

(ta-daa)

If you're new to Buzzcocks I can highly recommend the collection Singles going steady
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Not my people
Not my war

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