Buzzcocks, Dollyrots Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., May 23, 8 p.m. 2010

When Da and Tutu & the Pirates played their double reunion show earlier this month, it proved conclusively that Chicago's first-wave punk rockers can get around without the help of mobility scooters—some can even dance like they're still at La Mere Vipere. So it's difficult to imagine what kind of jerkoff would want to spend $50 on what the Double Door calls "Premium Seating" in order to sit and passively watch while the Buzzcocks play the entirety of Another Music in a Different Kitchen and Love Bites—their first two albums, both from 1978 and packed with some of the greatest love/lust songs written in the final quarter of the 20th century. Unless your gout's acting up, you should be ready to hit the dance floor or you should stay home. While many of their punk contemporaries kept busy gobbing about whatever it was that a bunch of old men were doing in Parliament, Buzzcocks found so much existentialist teen angst and anarchy in the interpersonal that they didn't need to bother with politics—which is perhaps one reason their music has held up so well. The precarious and ambivalent search for love among awkward noncommittal youth of all ages, soundtracked by propulsive pop punk that's as brainy as it is horny, has a somewhat more timeless appeal than the bloody House of Lords. Mute recently reissued Another Music and Love Bites (as well as the band's third album, 1979's A Different Kind of Tension), accompanied by demos, singles, live tracks, and outtakes—the kind of bonuses that make this a great time to be a fan. —Brian Costello

Price: $25-$50

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