our reporter meets the 'cocks
our reporter meets the 'cocks

our reporter meets the 'cocks
our reporter meets the ‘cocks


Nov 17th 2012


Prior to the Nottingham leg of the current Buzzcocks tour, I’m in the Rock City dressing rooms as Pete Shelley (warm, funny and engaging) very patiently answers a long list of questions for my thesis, largely in relation to my ongoing argument with the theorist Hebdige and his claims that subcultures such as punk never truly mean anything as they are not a true force for revolution.

Shelley’s with me on this one – of course punk mattered, it enabled people to be themselves, particularly as over the years it has become more entrenched and thus accepted. His enthusiastic defence bodes well; a reflection of a band still in love with what they do.

Tonight, they manage to communicate that, conveying their timeless themes to what looks to be a very mixed-age audience. Straight away they rip into the droll pseudo-situationism of “Boredom,” segueing effortlessly into “Fast Cars” to set the scene for a set that set that mainly draws from their seminal debut album “Another Music In A Different Kitchen” (implying a shrewd awareness of what the public want to hear).

The band are on brilliant form, loud as ever but not with volume not substituting exhilaration and pace. As individuals, they create some blisteringly tight sound with their instruments – a sober Steve Diggle significantly more restrained than at those controversy-sparking “Back to Front” gigs earlier this year, simply getting on with the task in hand.

The various break-ups, reformations and line-up changes the band have had over the years, doesn’t show at all as there as something both competent and complicit about how well they operate as a unit; the current rhythm section, Danny Farrant and Chris Remington, seem just as much as part of the band as its original members, something hugely important in live communication.

Closing the set with crowd-pleasers “Ever fallen in love…” and a gloriously bawdy “Orgasm Addict” is another smart move and this has been a truly great night from a band still evidently carrying an awareness of how important punk not only was, but still is.

Take that, Hebdige!

So, a great night – utmost thanks to the band for both their great set and continuing to give me a brilliant night afterwards as I make use of my first ever AAA pass, but that’s a different story! As exciting and relevant as ever, tonight Rock City has seen a band somehow perfectly summarise over 35 years. And how often can you say that?



Fast Cars

I don’t mind


Get On Our Own

Whatever Happened to…?

Girl from the Chainstore

Sick City

Moving Away from the Pulsebeat

Nothing Left

Noise Annoys



Love you More

What do I get?

Harmony in my Head

Ever Fallen in Love

Orgasm Addict



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  1. They really were on form Saturday night. I attended as part of a hastily arranged stag based outing for my friend Peter. It had been 5 years since i’d seen them last, and I hope that it won’t be anywhere near that long a time until I see them again. 36 years into existence, and played with the exuberance and energy of a band 36 years younger. The Pistols and the Clash will always get more written about them, but the Buzzcocks are equally, if not more, important.

  2. Sat night was one of the best Buzzcocks performances I’ve witnessed in a long while, ten times better than the Back To Front debacle I witnessed at Manchester in May !!!


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