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…

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Striking Singles Turning 40 In 2018 – Here Are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S 10 Winners…

Going back in sonic history…

1978 was one of the highlight years
for stand out punk/new wave singles
Really tough to choose only ten!
top picks (some great sleeves too)

1/ ‘Hong Kong Garden’ by SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES
Oriental riffs and Siouxsie‘s pitch black voice…
Released: 18 August 1978 – debut single

2/ ‘(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais’ by THE CLASH
Barbed wire reggae à la The Clash
Released: 16 June 1978

3/ ‘Public Image’ by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD
Goodbye Pistols, hello PIL
Released: 13 October 1978 – debut single

4/ ‘Damaged Goods’ by GANG OF FOUR
The band’s smashing debut 45…
Released: 13 October 1978

5/ ‘Where Were You’ by THE MEKONS
Explosive like a molotov cocktail…

6/ ‘Pump It Up’ by ELVIS COSTELLO
Costello‘s sex song…
Released: 28 April 1978

7/ ‘Shot By Both Sides’ by MAGAZINE
Howard Devoto‘s glorious paranoia stroke…
Released: 20 January 1978

8/ ‘Down In The Tube Station At Midnight’ by THE JAM
Molestation in the London Underground…
Released: 13 October 1978

9/ ‘Ambition’ by SUBWAY SECT
Founder Vic Godard was a underrated genius…

10/ ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) by BUZZC0CKS
One of their many speedy pop punk crackers…