Coming Soon! BUZZCOCKS 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…

BOB MOULD Covers BUZZCOCKS – Here’s Rapid-Fire Ripper ‘I 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

From A To B – From ‘ORGASM ADDICT’ To ‘WHAT HAPPENED TO?’ By Punk Heroes BUZZOCKS (1977)

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”

RIP Pete



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…

(From XL-1, 1986)

(From Homosapien, 1981 )

(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


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 

Back sleeve


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)