The Buzzcocks at the Ulster Hall, Belfast, 1978

One of our tickets from the Buzzcocks concert, 1978
One of our tickets from the Buzzcocks concert, 1978

Marjorie and I saw The Buzzcocks at the Ulster Hall in Belfast in 1978, after Love Bites. It was just about our first date, in fact it wasn’t even really a date. We were very young.

Marjorie had recommended them to me and I had taped the whole of Love Bites from The John Peel Show on the BBC and quickly realised how amazing it was!

We wisely sat up in the balcony, from which we had an amazing view of the sheet of spit from the audience towards the support act, a local band called The Detonators. It had an interesting mother-of-pearl appearance under the stage lights, and the band were completely drenched in it by the end. I expect they all came down with dread diseases shortly afterwards.

When the Buzzcocks came on Pete Shelley announced that if anyone spat they would leave the stage, and thereafter the cascade diminished to a trickle. They sounded totally amazing and after two albums and a handful of singles what an incredible catalogue of perfect songs they had to choose from! I loved the fact that they had HH amps exactly like mine and to me they had a perfect guitar sound which I still sometimes try to emulate to this day.

~ DC

About DC Cardwell
Singer-Songwriter. Please go to http://www.dccardwell.com

See you at dccardwell.com!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: