REVIEW: The Rezillos at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea
Nineteen-seventy-eightÂ was a great year for punk music in the UK.Â
With the Sex Pistols imploding, the country had by now recovered from The Grundy ShowÂ and God Save The QueenÂ and was ready for the spotty youths, whoÂ formed bands overnight to rush the doorÂ that Johnny Rotten had so kindly opened.Â
AllÂ of a sudden everyone from the Undertones, The Jam, Stranglers, BuzzococksÂ and Squeeze, were in the charts and making great music. The ripple effect eventually reached Edinburgh, bringingÂ tonight's star attraction, The Rezilllos.
With kids now safely packed off to university, those aching to relive theirÂ youth are at The Wedgewood Rooms on a balmy Sunday night. There is a healthy crowdÂ '“Â the leather may have gone, but punk T-shirts wereÂ out in force.
The Rezillos are a blast, playing theÂ debut album from start to finish. Flying Saucer AttackÂ opens proceedings, quickly followed by Someone Gonna Get TheirÂ Head Kicked In TonightÂ and their most famous song Top of The Pops.
There may be a few extra inches round the waistband but singer Eugene Reynolds hasÂ been dusted off and the side burns look as sharp as ever. Co-vocalist Fay Fife, with herÂ shock of red hair, acts as aÂ perfect foil as the band bash out their sci-fi-tingedÂ punk rock.
We love it, the band love it and there is still an energy to it. But for this crowd, can you think of a more golden period of pop music? I doubt it.