Exploited Gig Shows Punk’s
September 15th at
The Cobalt was a history lesson for some of today’s teens and a night
nostalgia for veterans of Vancouver’s
scene as the infamous group out of Scotland, The Exploited,
Wattie Buchan, took the stage.
band kicked off the
night with a song called Let’s Start A War (a very sarcastic song about
prime minister Margaret Thatcher), followed by a set of rebellious
spanning over two decades.
show began a little on
the shaky side as the lead microphone kept cutting out, causing one
fall apart just after its intro, to which Wattie responded by cursing,
in circles and knocking his microphone against his mostly bare skull.
sound problems were of course promptly fixed, and the show moved
along. By the fifth song (each song spanning little over two minutes)
face was sporting a glowing smile as he watched his fans dance and slam
floor in front of him.
the band and the crowd
became increasingly energized as the show went on while Wattie, who’s
telling the world that “Punk’s Not Dead” for more than twenty years,
swiftly across the stage, interacting with the crowd in his quirky,
and very charismatic way. One should not be expecting him to retire
there is to be
considered a very heavy contradiction which comes with punk rock,
with bands such as The Exploited, who are writing aggressive songs
bringing down the system, yet charging promoters $5000 for a single
is a system to which they
claim they are opposed, but a system they’ve done quite well by, and
their ability to entertain cannot be denied, their sincerity must be