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The Buzzcocks
Have they still got what it takes?

Buzzcocks do The Junction...

Sam Stewart
Our Blast reporter, Sam Stewart, took herself off to The Junction to see The Buzzcocks in December. She wasn't there the first time around, so let's see what a mere baby makes of the classic punksters...

The Junction was packed on 6th December, and there was a really great atmosphere coming from all the punks who were there to watch the Buzzcocks.

The Buzzcocks
The Buzzcocks at The Junction

The first band on - The Rakes - were truly awesome, dressing like Franz Ferdinand but giving off a vibe that was totally new to the music scene.  The lead singer gave the crowd a great warm up and the interaction was superb. I would really recommend these guys and as they’re working their way to the top I suggest you catch them now!

The next band on was fronted by the vocalist Neville Staples (ex Specials frontman) and was another goodie. He rocked the crowd and the backing trumpets gave the set a great Ska feel which resembled the almighty Bad Manners. The crowd loved them, and so did I, with the mic coming over to the crowd, the crowd poured their hearts into singing along. Both back up bands were great, and they got the crowd raring to go for the Buzzcocks.

Buzzcocks support band

The Buzzcocks entered, and straight away went into a classic set including “I don’t mind". The original members Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle gave an awesome performance. If you love punk-pop then you'd definitely be a Buzzcocks fan - these guys ruled!

The punk crowd went crazy and I had to step aside to let the surfers do their thing. The Buzzcocks appeal to any age; their music ranges from the past to the present and they were well worth seeing! In the last two years they have played with bands such as The Distillers and the infamous goth rockers who turned on the Cambridge Lights this year - The Damned. Guitarist Steve Diggle had great stage presence and gave the crowd exactly what they wanted; with a classic champagne bottle on stage these guys gave it their all at The Junction.

After their set came a huge encore - enthusiastically begged-for by the crowd - and they ended with their hit “Orgasm Addict” ripping the stage up, throwing mic stands everywhere behaving like true punk legends. As I’ve said I’d recommend these guys to all ages - check out their website to find their tour dates 'cause they're worth the travelling!

last updated: 20/12/04
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