Fortieth anniversaries only come around…well, every forty years, and in the music industry they’re as rare as hen’s teeth. So, what to do to mark the occasion? If you’re the Buzzcocks you get busy that’s what! Not only do you get busy, you get really busy by touring far away places like Australia and New Zealand.
Pete Shelley and the boys have a plethora of songs to choose from these days, from their early works of the late 70’s to the crowd funded The Way of a couple of years ago. Their Melbourne set was choc-a-block full of hits from almost all of their albums.
Hitting The Corner Hotel after The Golden Plains Festival however, was maybe an error of judgement. Perhaps a few more days between gigs would have allowed Shelley to up his energy levels and conjure some stage presence from the start of the set. It really wasn’t until the final few songs that the band really buzzed.
Beginning the whole affair with ‘Boredom’ from the album Spiral Scratch, Steve Diggle, Chris Remmington and Danny Farrant showed instrumental mastery but played like they were going through the motions. Shelley worked his way through songs such as ‘Autonomy’ from Another Music In A Different Kitchen and ‘Love You More’ from Love Bites. It was pretty much just the songs without any stage banter, but the punters were appreciative of having their icons up close in the intimate venue that is The Corner.
‘Ever Fallen In Love’ and ‘Orgasm Addict’ were the standout numbers, with the band feeding off the excitement of their audience. These energised songs reminded us of the Buzzcocks of old, and took us back many years to when the rawness of the punk era was creating controversy. This time the Buzzcocks gave us only a glimpse of their passion, but it was worth the wait.