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cause a stir

To incite trouble or excitement. My best friend's pink hair caused quite a stir at our very strict school. This band has caused a stir with teenagers all across the nation—screaming fans greet them everywhere they go!
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cause (quite) a stir

 and cause a commotion
to cause people to become agitated; to cause trouble in a group of people; to shock or alarm people. When Bob appeared without jacket and tie, it caused a stir at the state dinner. The dog ran through the church and caused quite a commotion.
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cause a commotion

Also, cause a stir. Give rise to a disturbance, raise a fuss. For example, The opening debate was so bitter it caused a commotion in the legislature, or Her entrance always caused a stir.
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The Commotions played in 2004 for the 20th anniversary of Rattlesnakes and we were too old to play that set even then.
Donegan will be the one playing bass guitar and standing behind when his band Lloyd Cole The Commotions play Dublin's Vicar Street tonight and tomorrow night.
It will re-examine some of his best known songs from the Commotions years, take in a few choice cover versions while showcasing his most recent solo work.
THE clever word play,great songs and fine singing which typified Commotions tracks likePerfect Skin and Lost Weekend, are still present, it's just that the music now is, well, a bit morebleak, world weary and grown up, a lot like the man himself.
And while Cole has slavishly avoided the nostalgia circuit and big reunion shows, the good news for those of us who do want to see the Commotions again is the band will reform for a special two-night stand later this year.
Some might think that the erstwhile Commotions front man, known for his candour and wit, has gone soft prior to his first Liverpool show in donkeys' years.
For many, Cole, now 42, signifies an all-too-brief moment in the 1980s when pop music was smart, when Manchester's The Smiths, Australia's The Go-Betweens and Glasgow's Aztec Camera along with Cole And The Commotions looked set to dominate the charts.
physical damage because of terrorism, strikes, riots, civil commotions, and malicious damage;
Lloyd Cole And The Commotions scored a string of hit albums and singles between 1984 and 1985 and on Wednesday he'll be bringing his new group THE SMALL ENSEMBLE to play alongside him at ARC in Stockton.
Since the end of Lloyd Cole And The Commotions more than 20 years ago, Cole has been touring and recording as a solo artist.