You’re Living Too Fast

The Vinyl Villain’s run through of Buzzcocks singles reached Orgasm Addict yesterday. Which made me think of their first album, 1978’s Another Music From A Different Kitchen (a title based on a Linder piece of art called Housewives Choosing Their Own Juices In A Different Kichen). The album closed with Pete Shelley’s frenetic Moving Away From The Pulsebeat, a Buzzcocks masterclass in Mancunian street urchin punk, with thumping drums, trebly guitar and impassioned vocals. A massive breath of fresh air.

Moving Away From The Pulsebeat

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Buzzcocks had such a sharp grasp of guitar pop music, melody and universally affecting lyrics that they’d probably have sold records if they’d been born ten years earlier, ten years later or ten years from now. I suppose the arrival of punk and DIY meant that they could just go out and do it, as this 1979 B-side shows. B-side!

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Sticking with Manchester in the 80s this is former Buzzcock Pete Shelley with his 1983 ‘hit’ (number 66 with a bullet) Telephone Operator. Post Buzzcocks he dumped the breakneck guitars for a more electronic sound, with guitars. In this creepy little song Pete expresses desire for the person at the switchboard- ‘telephone operator, you’re my aural stimulator, phone you up an hour later, you’re all I’m thinking of’.

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Buzzcocks ‘Boredom’

A 7″ single from January 1977 called Spiral Scratch gave us this song, Boredom, and in no particular order, Buzzcocks, Howard Devoto, the production career of Martin Hannett, the northern punk scene, the birth of the British independent record labels, D.I.Y. punk, the return of the Sex Pistols to Manchester, and provided the inspiration for dozens of other bands, not least Orange Juice (Rip It Up quotes it and copies it’s one note guitar solo). Not bad going.

How could a song called Boredom be so exciting?

Boredom.mp3