Mission was accomplished on Kirkcaldy on Saturday as an enthusiastic band of ageing punks welcomed one of Scotland’s best exports from that era, The Rezillos.
The band made lively use of the small stage in the Windsor Hotel function suite and performed enthusiastic versions of some of their best-known numbers.
Lead singer Fay Fife displayed plenty of the energy she was famed for in the late 1970s, while singer-guitarist Eugene Reynolds, with coiffure faintly resembling Jack Nance’s character from the cult David Lynch movie ‘Eraserhead’, was as visually arresting as ever.
Fay was also quick to point out the Kingdom of Fife connections shared by herself and bassist Chris Agnew, and the band engaged warmly with the audience, although the sound system meant not all they said was intelligible.
If there was a criticism, it was that they only played for an hour, but it had been a very enjoyable gig and there was more than enough affection for them in the room to forgive that.
Focusing more on their time as The Rezillos, rather than The Revillos, they opened with ‘I Can’t Stand My Baby’ and the songs kept coming in a fast-flowing set, including ‘Flying Saucer Attack’, plus a neat sandwiching together of perhaps their best-known numbers - (‘My Baby Does) Good Sculptures’, ‘Top Of The Pops’ (a top 20 hit for the band in 1978) and ‘Destination Venus’.
The Rezillos also weren’t averse to cover versions of some unlikely tunes in their heyday, and they gave a salute to that with a reworking of ‘River Deep - Mountain High’.
Not that we should forget that the band also have a brand new album out - a mere 37 years after their first and ‘Groovy Room’ plus title track ‘Zero’ fitted in effortlessly with the older material, whilst also sounding contemporary.
For the encore, they delivered the slow, soothing, gentle sentiment of ‘Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight’.
It was a fine concert by a band remembered for a more light-hearted approach than some of their contemporaries, and who clearly still love playing.