Happy 65 PETE SHELLEY

18 April 2020

PETE SHELLEY, the late great punk legend and frontman of Buzzocks would have been
65 today. He was born, named Peter Campbell McNeish, on 17 April 1955. Unfortunately, he left us on 6 December 2018. A brilliant singer-songwriter and musician whose solo work isn’t praised as much as it deserves. Shelley made four solos albums between 1979 and 1986 (Sky Yen / Homosapien / XL-1 / Heaven And The Sea) and one album called Buzzkunst,
in 2002, with his one-time Buzzcock pal Howard Devoto.

To celebrate his 65th birthday I picked three standout solo tracks. Here we go…

– TELEPHONE OPERATOR –
(From XL-1, 1986)

– HOMOSAPIEN –
(From Homosapien, 1981 )

– WAITING FOR LOVE –
(From Heaven And The Sea – 1986)

‘A Different Kind Of Tension’ By BUZZCOCKS (1979)

‘A Different Kind Of Tension‘ by BUZZCOCKS
Released: September 1979 / The Manchester legends’ third LP
Score: the LP reached #25 in the UK

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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…

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Back sleeve

Great Song Lines From ‘EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS’ By Legends BUZZCOCKS…

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

[Hook]
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

[Hook]
‘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

[Hook]
Everybody’s happy nowadays (x4)

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

[Hook]
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

[Hook]
Everybody’s happy nowadays (2)

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BOB MOULD Covers THE BUZZCOCKS’ Rad Ripper ‘I DON’T MIND’…

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…

Happy 67 To… HOWARD DEVOTO

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)

– A SONG FROM UNDER THE FLOORBOARDS –
(from Magazine‘s third LP ‘The Correct Use Of Soap‘)

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

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