The Vibrators, Possibly the World's Oldest Continuous Punk Band, Returns to Churchill's this Saturday, May 16
While the band counted more aggro acts like the Adicts among their early peers, the Vibrators always had surprising melodic chops. As such, the Vibrators' debut album, 1977's Pure Mania, hit number 49 on the UK Albums Chart; the 1978 follow-up, V2, reached number 33. And the group's songs have always been, essentially, pop songs. "Baby, Baby," from Pure Mania, is a heartfelt, unironic plea for a special lady's attention, with a brain-sticking simple chorus and a structure that could work pretty much in any genre. That's a pop songwriting compliment of the highest order, and is the reason why, in the late '00s, the Vibrators still play the song live to great moist-eyed effect.
The Vibrators, with Libyan Hit Squad, F, Howitzer, and Sloane Peterson. Saturday, May 16. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Show starts at 9 p.m., tickets cost $10. Ages 18+ with ID. 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com