15 March 2022
Howard Andrew Trafford, better known as HOWARD DEVOTO
was born on 15 March 1952 in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England.
Happy 70 to the singer-songwriter who started his musical career as
frontman of the fab Manchester pop punks Buzzcocks along the late
great Pete Shelley.
Devoto and Shelley 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 sublime Spiral Scratch EP
and he formed the top-notch post punk band Magazine (1977-1981). They
fabricated 5 albums with their debut LP Real Life as their masterpiece.
Devoto also made one solo album (1983).
Three great Devoto moments…
– BREAKDOWN – (from Buzzcocks‘s Spiral Scratch EP)
– A SONG FROM UNDER THE FLOORBOARDS –
(from third LP ‘The Correct Use Of Soap’)
– PARADE – (from Magazine‘s debut LP ‘Real Life‘)
(From the ebut album)
MAGAZINE: Facebook – All Albums
Howard Devoto (on the far right) with Buzzcocks,before forming Magazine,
about his work relationship with the late great Pete Shelley…
Full Louder Than War interview here / RIP Pete Shelley
21 August 2021
‘Orgasm Addict’ by BUZZCOCKS
Standalone single from 1977
R.I.P. Pete Shelley…
The late great Shelley about his band…
16 January 2021
Domino Records just unleashed a 7” BUZZCOCKS box-set containing the 12 singles
that the legendary Manchester punk band released for United Artists between 1977 and 1980. Re-mastered from the original tapes and in the original Malcolm Garrett designed sleeves. It also contains a 36-page booklet written by acclaimed punk chronicler Clinton Heylin.
All order info here.
R.I.P. Pete Shelley
– THE BLITZKRIEG BOP – RAMONES
Released: February 1976
They’re formin’ in a straight line
They’re goin’ through a tight wind
The kids are losin’ their minds
The Blitzkrieg Bop…
– ANARCHY IN THE UK – SEX PISTOLS
Released: 26 November 1976
Album: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols
I am an anti-Christ
I am an anarchist
Don’t know what I want
But I know how to get it
I want to destroy the passerby…
– X-OFFENDER – BLONDIE
Released: 17 June 1976
I saw you standing on the corner, you looked so big and fine.
I really wanted to go out with you, so when you smiled,
I laid my heart on the line…
– CHERRY BOMB – THE RUNAWAYS
Released: June 1976
Album: The Runaways
Hello, daddy, hello, mom
I’m your ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb
Hello world I’m your wild girl
I’m your ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb…
– THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN – THIN LIZZY
Released: 17 April 1976
Guess who just got back today?
Them wild-eyed boys that’d been away
Haven’t changed, had much to say
But man, I still think them cats are crazy…
COMPLETE UA BUZZCOKS SINGLES 1977-1980
Between November 1977 and December 1980 Manchester legends BUZZCOCKS ruled
the alternative punk pop world in the UK, releasing a run of thrilling singles which 40
years later transcend time or categorisation.
All twelve of those revolutionary 45s are collected here remastered from the original
tapes in the original Malcolm Garrett designed sleeves. The great box also contains a
36-page booklet written by acclaimed author and punk chronicler Clinton Heylin.
Out 15th January. More info & pre-order facilities here.
A singles box? Buzzcocks don’t mind…
14 September 2020
(cover Bob Mould LP)
Former Hüsker Dü mouthpiece BOB MOULD has another solo LP coming called Blue Hearts, out 25th September. In between recording he took time to cover Manchester
punk icons BUZZCOCKS.
He picked their 1978 single I DON’T MIND. A rapid-fire ripper that sounds like the late great Pete Shelley wrote it with Mould in mind. I Don’t Mind fits him like a punk glove. Galloping, propelling and inflammatory.
Listen here to the buzz and fuzz cover…
The original on Top Of The Pops…
BOB MOULD: Facebook
The other side of the A…
2 September 2020
Band: Buzzcocks (Manchester)
B-side: Whatever Happened To?
A-side: Orgasm Addict
Released: 4 November 1977
“Your passion is a product of highlight and detail
That come hither, look, bonus offer retail
Your emotions are cheap, cut, price, cash, and carry
You wear your heart on your sleeve for any Tom, Dick or Harry”