Thursday, July 9, 2009
THE BUZZCOCKS: NY PALLADIUM, NEW YORK, NY 12.1.79 FM BROADCAST
Back before the Internet superhighway existed for the purposes of acquiring far out punk rock contraband, there was a different route that had it's origins in Lower Manhattan. The New York Palladium existed on West 14th Street and served as the venue where many notable artists (The Clash, The Fall, The Undertones, Rockpile) would play their first shows in Gotham. More often that not, performances at the Palladium would be recorded and broadcasted for the public's aural consumption. These recordings also served as great and consistent fodder for the punk rock vinyl bootleggers looking to line their pockets with capital and to satisfy the public's desire for live material from their favorite bands.
This Buzzcocks Palladium gig is a great example of a classic band performing their best songs while in their absolute prime. The band is marred by a few technical setbacks, but overall this one is certainly having in your collection. It ranks as one of the best live Buzzcocks bootlegs in circulation. The recording was taped off the radio in early 1980 when this was originally broadcast. The mix is well balanced and overall this tape sounds excellent.
I also really wanted to post this tape because of simply how cool it looks.