The old guard was the Who (two week ago’s concert).
Punk’s vanguard was the Sex Pistols (Americans could argue for the Ramones & the New York Dolls, but Britain had far and away the more vibrant movement and the Pistols were its undisputed leader and last week’s
This week our concert band is a member of punk’s rearguard: the Buzzcocks. This 1981 concert was the band’s last till they reformed in 1989.
It’s amazing to me now that such a good band would have failed. However, the punk & new wave movement spawned more bands than could be supported and many good ones fell by the wayside and others never got the recognition they probably deserved (XTC and Husker Du come to mind).
The strength of the Buzzcocks is in their heavy guitar sound set against Pete Shelley’s tremulous voice.
Shelley’s quirky lyrics are reminiscent of Ray Davies and the Kinks – they just come out faster and louder.
The sound in this video is very good and the band’s performance is crisp and energetic.