Inbetweenies! Shot By Both MAGAZINE Sides

What Turn Up The Volume is watching/playing between two coffees

3 December 2021

Band: MAGAZINE
Who: Post-punk squad from Manchester formed by early
Buzzcocks vocalist/songwriter Howard Devoto (69 now)
Active: 1977–1981, 2009–2011 / 5 studio LPs

Song: SHOT BY BOTH SIDES
Brilliant single from their brilliant debut LP Real Life (1978).
Below a dumbfound live version played on Belgian TV, featuring
the late great Scottish guitarist John McGeoch.

Watch the bullets coming…

MAGAZINE: History

MAGAZINE Released Third Longplayer ‘THE CORRECT USE OF SOAP’ 40 Years Ago

20 May 2020

Band: Magazine (Manchester, UK)
Members: Barry Adamson, Howard Devoto (frontman, ex-Buzzcoks),
John Doyle, Dave Formula and John McGeoch (R.I.P.)
Album: The Correct Use Of Soap – the band’s third LP
Released:
20 May 1980 – 40 years ago
Keywords: New pop wave, big tunes, swirling synths, invigorating
sonorousness, expressive Devoto vocals, rad Sly & The Family Stone
cover ‘Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)’, overall a magnificent
and bold achievement.

POP MATTERS wrote: “Magazine’s ‘The Correct Use of Soap’ is such a wayward,
iconoclastic record, so willfully out of kilter with its own time, that its sound-world and emotional landscape remain unique in pop. The LP stands as a monument to a band
that, even amidst the convulsions of punk and its aftermath, dared to be different.”

Stand Out Single

Full album…

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Classic Debut ‘REAL LIFE’ By MAGAZINE – Released 1978

Old and new albums to make your day

27 January 2020

Band: Magazine (Manchester / 1977–1981, 2009–2011)

Album: Real Life – their outstanding debut LP

Released: June 1978

Score: Haunting, paranoid and edgy just like real life with several high-quality songs, experimental arrangements and lots of synths. One of the first essential post-punk albums. Frontman Howard Devote looked a bit like an alien and his outlandish voice
and vision were crucial for this record. Musically the late great guitarist John McGeoch was his ideal partner.
Highlights: Shot By Both Sides / My Tulpa / Parade / The Light Pours Out Of Me / The Great Beautician In The Sky

– SHOT BY BOTH SIDES –
(Cutting live version of the track Devoto wrote with the late
Pete Shelley and also appeared on the Buzzcocks debut EP)

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– MY TULPA –


– PARADE –

– THE LIGHT POURS OUT OF ME –

– THE GREAT BEAUTICIAN IN THE SKY –

Album in full…

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Back sleeve

TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – ‘Real Life’ – Haunting Debut LP by MAGAZINE Released 40 Years Ago…

Remarkable albums from the past…

‘Real Life’ by MAGAZINE
Released: June 1978
Forty years ago

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Like many punk bands, Magazine would likely cite David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Roxy Music. However — this point is crucial — instead of playing mindlessly sloppy variants of “Hang on to Yourself,” “Search and Destroy,” and “Virginia Plain,” the band was inspired by the much more adventurous “Low”, “The Idiot”, and “For Your Pleasure.” That is the driving force behind Real Life’s status as one of the post-punk era’s major jump-off points. Punk’s untethered energy is rigidly controlled, run through arrangements that are tightly wound, herky-jerky, unpredictable, proficiently dynamic.” Score: 4.5/5 – Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: sounds like haunting and paranoid! Like real life!
Hair-raising and scary. Staggering record!

TWO TOP TRACKS: Shot By Both Sides / Parade

* SHOT BY BOTH SIDES

* PARADE

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MAGAZINE Got ‘SHOT BY BOTH SIDES’ 40 Years Ago…

When timeless in sound and vision it’s a …

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19 January 2018

SHOT BY BOTH SIDES is an impressive jigsaw classic by MAGAZINE. Written by its frontman Howard Devoto and Buzzcocks’ mastermind Pete Shelley (they actually both formed pop punks Buzzcocks in 1976, Devoto left after a few months to start his own band). The song was inspired by Devoto‘s girlfriend who said to him after a political discussion: “Oh, you’ll end up shot by both sides” and has sonically nothing to do with punk whatsoever. It’s just a monumental, paranoid pushed up eruption released as a single on 20 January 1978, 40 years ago. Go frenzy here…

Audio version…

On legendary British TV show Top Of The Tops

MAGAZINE: Facebook – Discography

EDITORS Return With Heavy Roller Coaster ‘MAGAZINE’…

Clips that will impress your eyes and your ears…

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Epic Birmingham rockers EDITORS will release their new, sixth album VIOLENCE next month. But first new booming single MAGAZINE . Once again the band proves that sonic bombast works perfectly if you do it their successful way. With an inventive and intense
feel for burning melodrama and cinematic vision! Roll the intriguing, accompanying clip here…

EDITORS: Website – Facebook – Twitter


New album VIOLENCE out 9 March – all info here

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!
Here are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S
top picks (some great sleeves too)

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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…