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Buzzcocks Make The Old New Again

By Kim Bellware in Arts & Entertainment on May 22, 2010 4:15PM


We’ve all had those moments of fantasy where our favorite bands—long in the tooth as they may be—reunite, release a fresh album or come to town for just one last tour! The best-case-scenario is a dream come true; at its worst though, a weak performance by a once-favorite-now-aging band burns us with buyer’s remorse and forever sullies the image of our rock heroes.

Where this concerns ‘70s punk legends The Buzzcocks, however, we’re willing to take our chances. For the current “Another…Bites” tour Sunday at Double Door, the band will have no new record to push (their last release was 2006’s Flat-Pack Philosophy). Instead, fans can expect to hear the group’s recently re-released and expanded seminal albums, Another Music in a Different Kitchen and Love Bites played in their entirety. Whether it’s evidence of the band’s eagerness to hit the stage again, or an uncreative cash-in opportunity, we’re hyped to see the godfathers of power punk play their hits along with some deeper cuts ... and maybe even “Orgasm Addict?”

Though this isn’t the first time the band has cried “breakup!” only to reunite and tour, we’ll trade our skepticism for some of The Buzzcocks’ Sex Pistol scuzziness (minus the angry political edge) blended with catchy, pop-friendly hooks any day of the week.

The Buzzcocks play tomorrow, Sunday, May 28 at Double Door, 1572 N Milwaukee, 8 p.m., $25-50, 21+