Steve Diggle – live review
Steve Diggle & The Revolution of Sound, ft Mick Talbot
The Grove, Wimbledon
Saturday 13 August 2011
A top night.
Never mind the Buzzcock
Steve Diggle has spent 35 years performing some of the finest love songs in pop.
I Don’t Mind, Love You More, You Say You Don’t Love Me and the rest, are perfectly pitched at the heart-broken male.
Watching his side project sense that the Buzzcocks guitarist has been itching to inject a bit of politics.
The name is a clue – Steve Diggle and The Revolution Of Sound.
And so is the appearance of guest keyboard player Mick Talbot – formerly of the overtly political Style Council who’s Walls Come Tumbling Down, set against the backdrop of the year-long miners strike, was one of the greatest protest songs of the Thatcher era.
The only Buzzcocks song perfromed is Harmony In My Head – and, as the audience repeat the chorus Diggle adds a topical rap about library closures and war.
He sings about the end of politcal songs – and gets into the dangerous subject of Mohammed and Jesus.
But this isn’t a boring lecture.
It’s an hour and a quarter of fast pop with decent hooks and sing along chorusus.
There a couple of slower ones when Diggle switches to an accoustic to change the mood.
Mainly though, he’s the mad axeman who co-fronts Buzzcocks. His right arm repeatedly points skyward in a very fmiliar gesture, and there are short guitar solos in the punk pop tradition
of the ‘cocks and The Undertones.
The Grove in Wimbledon is a long-standing music venue – recently reprieved from closure fordevelopment.
The space between the stage and the bar is tight. There are seventy people – about half a dozen hard core fans who know all the words and wear Steve Diggle t-shirts.
There are some punks, more mods, and, for no obvious reason, a group of Celtic supporters.
Two other bands played.
Krakatowa are a catchy mix of rock, mod, reggae and ska, and they have been supporting thereborn Adam Ant.
Opening act The Past Tense are a tight three-piece mod outfit. If you liked The Chords you’ll love these.
The evening ended with a stage invasion. Diggle pulling audience members onto the stage during the anthemic Victory Road.