The MusicNerd Q&A With The Vibrators

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Originally formed in 1976, The Vibrators are still going strong. Having emerged alongside the likes of the Sex Pistols and The Clash in the first wave of the British punk scene, The Vibrators hold an important part in the history of the genre.

The group’s 1977 debut album Pure Mania was deemed as one of the 50 best punk albums of all time by the Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music while their 1978 single “Judy Says (Knock You In The Head)” earned a spot among Mojo Magazine’s list of “ 100 Punk Scorchers.”

And while the group has endured numerous line-up changes over the last 38 years, their spirit remains firmly in tact.

Performing at Moncton’s Esquire Tavern (2 Reade St.) on Friday night, The MusicNerd Chronicles had the pleasure of speaking with Vibrators drummer John “Eddie” Edwards from his home in the United Kingdom last week:

At the time that The Vibrators emerged, did you have a sense of how important the whole punk movement would prove to be?

We knew that something special was going on for sure. It caught on rather quickly and began collecting a lot in the way of press but there were only a handful of bands at the heart of the movement including us, The Jam and the Sex Pistols. Collectively, I think we were all a bit fed up with the whole progressive rock movement where one song would occupy four sides of an album. It was dreadful and pretentious. We wanted to recreate the spirit of rock and roll from the 50’s and 60’s in the same way that The Kinks and the Rolling Stones did but without copying them. We wanted to pursue something unique.

What has kept The Vibrators going all these years?

What keeps us going is the fact that people keep turning up to the shows and buying our records. There is still a good vibe about the band. We aren’t selling out football stadiums but as long as people keep coming out to the shows and enjoying themselves, we will keep playing. We play an average of 120 dates per year all over the world. We recently returned from an Australian tour and will spend approximately seven weeks touring North America. It is a lot of grit and hard work but I don’t think there is anything else we would rather do.