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Buzzcocks cook again with songs from 'Kitchen' days

Members of the group

Members of the group "Buzzcocks," left to right, Steve Diggle, Danny Farrant, Chris Remington, Pete Shelley. Credit: Handout

Punk pioneers Buzzcocks, led by singer Pete Shelley, are revisiting their heyday on their current tour, performing their groundbreaking first two albums, "Another Music in a Different Kitchen" and "Love Bites," in their entirety.

Though Buzzcocks have had a comeback with recent albums "Buzzcocks," in 2003, and "Flat-Pack Philosophy," in 2006, the classics from 1978 still pack the most punch.

"I suppose we thought at this stage it might be a good thing to start at the beginning," Shelley told London's The Mirror. "And we're really enjoying it, to be honest. . . . It's good to get back to how the album was put together and how it should be played, how people first got to listen to us."

What songs are we looking forward to most?

1. "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)?"

 A pop song revved-up to punk speeds, it's Buzzcocks' best-known song mainly because it's been covered by everyone from Fine Young Cannibals to Pete Yorn to The Noisettes who turned in a synthy remake earlier this year.

2. "What Do I Get?"

The classic punk anthem that applies Sex Pistols attitude to the lives of relationship-challenged loners before throwing in a heroic chord change and grinding to a '60s pop-styled halt. All in less than three minutes.

3. "I Don't Mind"

An early single that almost sounds like the midpoint between the Sex Pistols and The Ramones, as well as the template for the New Wave bands that followed, especially angst-ridden Elvis Costello and The Attractions.

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WHO Buzzcocks

WHEN | WHERE 9 p.m. today, The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, Manhattan; and 7 p.m. Saturday, The Crazy Donkey, 1058 Rte. 110, Farmingdale

INFO $29.50; 212-777-6800, irvingplaza.com; and $20; 631-753-1975, thecrazydonkey.com

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