A tribute to Pete Shelley. This song was in our set for a while in 2014, always crushed. This recording is from band practice around that time. 11/24/14.
Marc Scarano – vocals and guitar
Darlene Scarano – bass and vocals
Jane Boxall – drums and vocals
Composed by Richard Boon, Alan Dial, Pete Shelley
“What Ever Happened?” first appeared as a B-side to the Buzzcocks’ controversial first single, “Orgasm Addict,” which the BBC deemed too profane for the public airways and subsequently the song failed to chart. However, this terse punk nugget received a proper airing as it was included on the band’s influential Singles Going Steady compilation as an introductory package for the American market, released in 1979. Along with “Orgasm Addict,” the song would provide the template for the Buzzcocks’ musical formula, expertly setting irresistible, early Beatles-style melodies to frantically paced, compact two-minute bursts of punk rock. Singer Pete Shelly’s shrill yelp would soon become part of the group’s trademark sound, though the lyrical content here features a rare political bent where accusations are leveled against the establishment on numerous fronts ranging from crass marketing to the general exploitation of everyday life. To a lurching breakneck pace of buzzing guitars and hyperactive drums, Shelley unleashes a rhetorical torrent of questions, each pre-fixed by the title line “Whatever happened to?” dropping names and images in a ricocheting laundry list of grievances from Chairman Mao, the God above, burning books, the new ages, TV sex, to the personal, you and I. All is boiled down in a scathing bridge section, Shelley singing in tight harmonies, “Your passion is a politically highlighted detail/Come take a look/Won’t it sell for retail?” In what would become typical Buzzcock fashion, the song clocks in at a tidy two minutes and 14 seconds, the taught arrangement leaving nary a space for the listener to take a breath. Song history by Tom Maginnis @ Allmusic
Thank you WRUV for the outstanding review!
Black Rabbit– Red Flannel Hash
Release date: 2015Jun23
Burlington-based Black Rabbit leave an impression their eclectric blend of punk, grunge and garage rock.”Nicky Says” shut up and listen, with catchy hooks set to thundering bass. “Too Good” and “Blue Sky” buzz through the eyes, the latter doubling down on the catchy. “Double Line” impresses with thundering drums and tasty licks. I haven’t heard anything this raw in ages. “Sayonara” leaves you in the dust thanks to well-timed drumbeats. “Rotten Egg” is vaguely reminiscent of a Ramones track (“Pinhead”).”The Original Original” (and pretty much every other song) convinces me that Jane (Boxall) can do no wrong on drums. Amazing stuff. “Where Do We Go” is a grand expression of the talent contained within Black Rabbit. All more the reason to see them live. Can’t get enough of the Red Flannel Hash here!
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“I keep coming back to Black Rabbit’s 2015 record
Red Flannel Hash, which completely caught me by surprise
as one of the best Vermont punk records in recent years.”
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