From ‘Everybody’s Happy Nowadays’ by Manchester‘s pop punk icons BUZZCOCKS

[Verse 1]
I was so tired of being upset
Always wanting something I never could get
Life’s an illusion, love is a dream
But I don’t know what it is

Everybody’s happy nowadays (x2)

[Verse 2]
I was so tired of being upset
Always wanting something I never could get
Life’s an illusion, love is a dream
But I don’t know what it is

‘Cause everybody’s happy nowadays
Everybody’s happy nowadays

[Verse 3]
Life’s an illusion, love is the dream
But I don’t know what it is
Everyone’s saying things to me
But I know it’s okay, okay

Everybody’s happy nowadays (x4)

Life’s an illusion, love is a dream (x4)

Everybody’s happy nowadays (x2)

[Verse 4]
Well, bet you’re tired of being upset
Always wanting something you never could get
Life’s no illusion, love’s not a dream
Now I know just what it is

Everybody’s happy nowadays (2)



12 June 2019

Former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman BOB MOULD launched his new, 13th, critically acclaimed solo album Sunshine Rock last February. Today he announced new tour dates and he also shared his rendition of BUZZCOCKS‘ rad ripper ‘I DON’T MIND’ from the Manchester pop punk legends’ 1978 debut LP Another Music In A Different Kitchen. Check it out below…

Here’s the original…

R.I.P. Pete Shelley…


15 March 2019

(pic: Getty)

Howard Andrew Trafford, better known as HOWARD DEVOTO was born on 15 March 1952 in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. He started his musical career as frontman of the fab Manchester pop punks Buzzcocks along the late great Pete Shelley. It was actually Devoto and Shelley who came up with the name Buzzcocks after reading the headline, ‘It’s the Buzz, Cock!‘, in a review of the TV Series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. Devoto left in 1977 after the band released their legendary Spiral Scratch EP and he formed the excellent post punk band Magazine. Here are three tracks to celebrate the man’s 67th birthday

– BREAKDOWN – (from Buzzcocks‘s Spiral Scratch EP)

(from Magazine‘s third LP ‘The Correct Use Of Soap‘)

– PARADE – (from Magazine‘s debut LP ‘Real Life‘)

MAGAZINE: Facebook – All Albums

Left Pete Shelley (R.I.P), right Howard Devoto

‘What Do I Get’ by BUZZCOCKS (1978)…

Sonic knockouts from the past

6 February 2019

‘What Do I Get’ by BUZZCOCKS
Their UK chart debut, peaking at No. 37
Punchy pop punk at its very best
Released: 3 February 1978

“I just want a lover like any other, what do I get?
I only want a friend who will stay to the end, what do I get?”


Another sleeve vesion with the title in the past tense. Weird.

PETE SHELLEY Influenced Many Modern Dance Acts With ‘HOMOSAPIEN’…

12 December 2018

The unfortunately late (really weird to use that word all of a sudden) Pete Shelley didn’t only write a ton of razor-sharp sounding punk pop Buzzcocks classics, but as he went his own way for the first time in 1981 he made a surprisingly heavy synths loaded dance pop album, entitled HOMOSAPIEN which inspired many future electronic acts over the years. The utterly catchy and clever title track even inspired LCD Soundsystem‘s maestro James Murphy for his quite similar cutting 2007 soundbite called North American Scum.

Thanks for the music, homosapien…

I don’t wanna classify you
Like an animal in the zoo
But it seems good to me to know
That you’re Homosapien too

Album in full…

PETE SHELLEY: Discography

BUZZCOCKS Frontman PETE SHELLEY Passed Away Today At 63 – Rest In Peace…

Frontman and songwriter Pete Shelley of Manchester punk legends
BUZZCOCKS died of a heart attack today, 6 December 2018. Only 63.

The band’s Facebook page unveiled the news around 10 PM…
“It’s with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the UK’s most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks. Pete’s music has inspired generations of musicians over a career that spanned
five decades and with his band and as a solo artist, he was held in the highest regard by
the music industry and by his fans around the world.”

NME’s In Memoriam / BUZZCOCKS: Facebook – Website

(photo on top: BBC – Top Of The Pops)

YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1978…

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume! jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s another fabulous year to remember: 1978.



– ‘All Mod Cons‘ by THE JAM

Stream here

– ‘Parallel Lines‘ by BLONDIE

Stream here

‘This Year’s Model’ by ELVIS COSTELLO

Stream here


See/hear you next week for the year of 1979…


Remarkable albums from the past…

‘A Different Kind Of Tension‘ by BUZZCOCKS
Released: September 1979 / the Manchester legends’ third LP


ALL MUSIC wrote: “The final album of the Buzzcocks’ first phase of existence is the most fragmented of the three, with increasingly ambitious songs fighting for time with tracks
that sound much like the group’s earliest efforts…  As the album closes, the sense of slight schizophrenia resolves itself as the group embraces all-out experimentation, producing some
of the Buzzcocks’ all-time best songs….  Shelley’s slightly bemused recitation of all the things he believes in is suddenly interrupted by the line “There is no love in this world anymore,” turned and electronically distorted into an obsessive, anthemic mantra as the band charges along with him up and out. An invigorating blast of, indeed, tension and angst, it alone makes Tension worth investigating.”
– Full review here – Score: 4.5/5 

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Their most coherent and  intriguing album ever, proving that Buzzcocks were damn great songwriters, musically and lyrically, and not just the speedy pop-punk teenagers they gained world fame with.

TOP TRACKS:  Sittin’ Around At Home /  You Say You Don’t Love Me / I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life / Hollow Inside / I Believe

ALBUM in full…

BUZZCOCKS: Facebook – All Albums 

Still going steady

Manchester’s Pop Punks BUZZCOCKS Released Second Album ‘LOVE BITES’ Forty Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

22 September 2018

Band: BUZZCOCKS (Manchester, UK)

Album: LOVE BITES – the band’s 2nd LP

Released: 22 September 1978 – 40 years ago

BBC MUSIC review: “While ‘Love Bites’ – following the excellent ‘Another Music In A Different Kitchen’ – seemed a little dour and tentative at the time, at the heart lies an urge to finally throw off their past associations and forge something totally their own. The compressed twin guitars, sparse riffs and rumbling toms here reach their apogee.” Full review here.

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: The only punk band whose songs you not only could scream along, but also whistle and hum along. Peppered pop punk  without age…

THREE TOP TRACKS: Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) / Just Lust / E.S.P.



* E.S.P.

ALBUM in full…

BUZZCOCKS: Website – Facebook –  Twitter