From The Jam: Buckley Tivoli – Live Review

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An evening of power, passion and inspiration

Of all the literature written about the golden years of Punk, possibly the finest is Barry Cain’s ’77 Sulphate Strip’. It is an essential, eye-witness account from the journalist who seemed to be present at every pivotal moment but also draws a fascinating conclusion – there were only ever five Punk bands. They were; The Damned, The Stranglers, The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Jam. Yes, The Jam! One of the most successful bands of the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s, placed right at the centre of the Punk phenomenon.

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The Damned: Central Station, Wrexham – Live Review

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Punk pioneers pull another rabbit from a hat

Pick a band from the ‘Punk’ era whose vitality, energy and frantic brilliance captured the essence of the whole movement on one bone-shaking, guitar-charged, adrenalin rush of an album. Now pick a band who manage to distil a range of influences from Rimsky Korsakov, through ‘50’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, ‘60’s psychedelia, Prog, and Glam with always the finest ear for a melody.

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