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TITLE: Singles Going Steady

ARTIST: Buzzcocks

RELEASE DATE: September 1979

TRACKS TO DOWNLOAD: What Do I Get?, Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve), Promises, Everybody’s Happy Nowadays.

THE Buzzcocks began life in 1976 as a Manchester band with Howard Devoto taking on vocal duties. They released a self-financed EP, Spiral Scratch, which became something of a benchmark for bands to “do it themselves”.

After Devoto left, to resurface later in the art-rock tinged Magazine, Buzzcocks shifted Pete Shelley into the frontline to handle lead vocals and guitar. Steve Diggle switched to guitar, John Maher stayed on the drums and new bassist Steve Garvey completed what would come to be known as the classic line-up of the band.

Together they released three albums, Another Music In a Different Kitchen, Love Bites and A Different Kind of Tension, shortly after which they imploded in a sea of confusion and paranoia.

As well as the albums, they also issued a clutch of amazing singles, which are all collected here on the cleverly-titled Singles Going Steady. The band’s core eight 7-inch single releases are all here, plus their respective B-sides. Shelley’s songwriting, with occasional help from Diggle, was so accomplished that even their B-sides make for something of a masterclass in songwriting.

While less memorable bands were churning out fuzzed-up punky dirges, Buzzcocks always focused on crafting perfect pop songs with a new wave twist. Just one listen to the likes of I Don’t Mind, Love You More and their best-remembered hit, Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve), should be enough to convince even the most casual listener.


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