Steve Diggle – live review

Steve Diggle & The Revolution of Sound, ft Mick Talbot
The Grove, Wimbledon
Saturday 13 August 2011

Steve Diggle busking for coinage...

Steve Diggle busking for coinage...


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.

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