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I am the Rezurrection

Day-glo punk-popsters can never die – as anyone who has witnessed The Rezillos’ raucous live shows will tell you. They’re in Stockton this May.

A huge swathe of bands emerged in the mid-to-late 1970s who were tangentially attached to the punk scene, but there were only a few that managed to carve out their own particular niche. One such entity was Scottish outfit The Rezillos. The band knew how to kick up a real sonic fuss, yes, but they also knew the value of pilfering the best stuff from glam rock. They were irreverent, fun, and most importantly, had quality tunes to burn. They found success straight off the bat with ‘I Can’t Stand My Baby’ – a fiery blast of riffs and gum-snapping sass. Other hits would follow such as the deathless ‘Top of the Pops’, which is still in favour with radio programmers wherever radio stations are programmed. Their debut album ‘Can’t Stand The Rezillos’ was another blazing success, but they didn’t actually get round to recording a follow up until 2015 (‘Zero’). The band remain a force-of-nature when they play live and their latest tour is likely to be as frenetic and goddamn fun as ever. JL

The Rezillos, Friday 31 May, The Georgian Theatre, Stockton, 8pm, £19.50, georgiantheatre.co.uk

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