In this week's paper
, Doug Davis checks in with Pete Shelley, frontman for legendary Brit punks the
, who, tomorrow night, stop through Dallas for a gig at The Loft--the second-to-last stop on the band's two-year world tour.
One of the original pop-punk acts, Davis extols the Buzzcocks' efforts, calling them "one of the most influential bands of the British punk movement alongside The Sex Pistols and The Clash." But, according to Shelley, the band's choice of style was just a natural reaction to the times:
"It was a reaction to what was going on in music then, between disco and glam," he explains. "Popular music was demanding so much learning and expensive equipment that only kids with wealthy parents could get involved."
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Some 30 years onward, the genre's somehow endured. And so has the band, which these days features two original members, in its touring four-piece lineup.
No, maybe it's not the complete authentic deal, without the original lineup in tact, but, unlike so many other touring bands from yesteryear, it does feature the band's original frontman in Shelley. And for that reason alone, this show becomes an immediate must-see for any true music historian.
Luck you, then, dear DC9 reader, that our friends at The Loft have been kind enough to pass along three pairs of free tickets for us to hand out to you for tomorrow night's show. Want one? It's easy enough--just be among the first three people to email me, starting right now, with the word "Buzzworthy" in the subject line. Do that, and you're in like Flynn. Good luck!
Update: Contest is over. Congrats to our winners!