The Buzzcocks formed in the mid-70's as fans of Velvet Underground and Sex Pistols. By 1976 they were performing at a punk festival in London with Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Clash. 1976?! So hard to believe. Siouxsie might be credited with starting the post-punk movement that seems to try to re-invent itself and pat itself on the back even today.
Without The Buzzcocks, I don't think we'd have a lot of the bands we now credit for *other* bands forming. Maybe The Smiths. Maybe Radiohead. But lest you still haven't heard of the Buzzcocks, take note. They've been showing the younger bands how to do it for a few stints on the Warped Tour and will also be appearing at Coachella this year. And like the Sex Pistols, they're still completely at it.
I still feel as enthusiastic as ever. I still can't believe I wake up and still enjoy writing music and playing music. I still feel I'm 17 when I do it, and I still take drugs and drink and do a load of things I shouldn't be doing. I think maybe 10 or 15 years ago I might have felt old for a moment, but you go through phases. The last few years I've been on a positive roll. --Steve Diggle, Pitchfork interview
Click to play The Buzzcocks - Sixteen Again