They wrote some of the best Can-con garage power-pop songs of the 80s. They were punk long before you were a punk. Cutting singles such as “She Ain’t Pretty” and “Girl With a Problem”, The Northern Pikes have long been a Saskatoon institution. Originally known as The Idols, who formed in 1979, The Pikes eventually picked up where their previous groups left off and rocketed to radio stardom. And a whole lot of people seem to think those songs still hold up 30 years later. The group will be hitting the Saskatoon Event Centre on Saturday. Other weekend picks include Snake River at Amigos and A Ghost in Drag at Vangelis.