There are people of a certain age who still hold tight to the "Manchester Scene": the Smiths, the Fall, Oasis, the list goes on and on. But there would be no Manchester scene, or its later incarnation, the drug-fueled "Madchester," without (curiously, Bristol natives) the Buzzcocks. Like any band from a tertiary city, they caused a bright light to be shone onto it for years afterward, and their musical output, not to mention the fact that a large portion of it has stood the test of time, is nothing short of amazing. The Buzzcocks craft pop songs with a punk mentality (or vice versa, perhaps) and that formula, though incredibly simple, results in a timelessness that really can't be accurately described in words. It's as if they are still making music in 1978 and releasing it in the present, or are making it from some utopian future that we have yet to catch up to. Any way you want to dress it up, the bottom line is this: The Buzzcocks sit on a list somewhere that's stocked with heavy hitters labeled "Most Influential of All Time." With the Dollyrots. 18+.
Mon., May 24, 7 p.m., 2010