HigH Five

A fist­ful of clas­sic Buz­zcocks songs.

Classic Rock - - The Dirt -

Love You More

One minute 50 sec­onds of (im)per­fect pop per­fec­tion. Buz­zcocks’ first ap­pear­ance on

top Of the Pops. the song that spawned an en­tire genre: post-grunge 1990s punk, as typ­i­fied by green Day – bru­tal and elo­quent in its tru­cu­lent

ra­zor-sharp ex­e­cu­tion.

Ever Fallen In Love (With Some­one You Shouldn’t’ve)

From sec­ond al­bum Love Bites. the ti­tle is taken from di­a­logue in the Hol­ly­wood mu­si­cal guys And

Dolls. Very poignant, in the con­text of Shel­ley’s bi­sex­u­al­ity. “I loved the word ‘shouldn’t’ve’ and all

its apos­tro­phes,” Shel­ley told mu­sic critic Dave Simp­son. A ge­nius amal­gam of Krautrock, sar­donic punk at­ti­tude, lovelorn lyrics and ir­re­sistible hooks.


From Spi­ral Scratch. the clas­sic two-note gui­tar line (re­peated 66 times). Punk has rarely sounded so dis­af­fected or mov­ing. Or satir­i­cal. ‘you know the scene is very hum­drum,’

Devoto spits, bored al­ready with iden­tikit punk.

‘I’m al­ready a has-been! ’

You Say You Don’t Love Me

From A Dif­fer­ent Kind Of ten­sion, this is the Buz­zcocks’ own Shake­speare’s Sis­ter (the Smiths), the song that should have been. Wrong place, wrong time – but with a mas­sive pop-punk hook

so smart it’s dumb/so dumb it’s smart that’s eas­ily the equal of bet­ter-known sin­gles such as

What Do I get? or Prom­ises.


From Love Bites. Pete Shel­ley just won’t let

go. ‘Do you be­lieve in eSP?/I do and I’m try’n’a get through to you/If you’re pick­ing up off me,

then you know just what to do.’ As dark as any­thing Joy Di­vi­sion pro­duced, and as chill­ing

and re­lent­less too.

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