A fistful of classic Buzzcocks songs.
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
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.