Noise Annoys – The Buzzcocks

The power of Rock & Roll lies in it’s apparent simplicity. Two or three electric guitars, a drum kit, some cheap amps, access to electricity, and some willing participants, preferably teenagers, no experience necessary, and you’ve got the beginnings of a a band. Put all that noise in a blender, shake it up, stir it about and who knows just what might come out.

Like many a rock band before them, and for many a rock band since, this is how Manchester, England The Buzzcocks began in 1975. Art school students Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto traveled to London to see a concert by The Sex Pistols. Impressed by the Pistols energy they returned home resolved to form a band. In retrospect what a band it proved to be; because of all the bands in punks first wave they would prove to be the most influential. Hints of their music can be heard in music by groups as diverse as Husker Du and Nirvana.

Their sound takes the energy of The Sex Pistols, but without the angry political stance, and marries it to driving guitars, crisp melody and Pete Shelley’s biting lyrics. In the process they would help resurrect the three minute single, because really they were a singles band. Their songs were about typical teenage concerns but because they were never gender specific they were able to reach a much larger audience.

 

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Live At The Roxy Club April ’77 (Receiver Records Ltd., 1990)

The sound quality and the performances on this album may not be not the best, but it shows a group both in transition and just beginning to find its musical legs. It was recorded just after original member Howard Devoto had left the group, Pete Shelley switched to lead vocals, and Steve Diggle switched to guitar.

Six months after this concert they released their first single “Orgasm Addict”, and though banned by the BBC, because of subject matter, generated good word of mouth. Their second single “What Do I Get?” would prove to be a minor hit, just barely cracking the Top 40.

1. Orgasm Addict (3:09) 2. No Reply (2:41) 3. Get On Your Own (2:03) 4. Fast Cars (2:28)
5. What Do I Get (3:31) 6. Friends Of Mine (2:47) 7. 16 (3:22) 8. Time’s Up (3:35) 9. Oh Shit (1:58)
10. Boredom (3:55) 11. Love Battery (2:43)

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Beating Hearts – Manchester Apollo ’78 (EMI Recordings, 2000)

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This disc from a 1978 Manchester concert shows what a difference a year can make. Good sound & better performances show the continuing maturation of the band.

1. Real World (3:49) 2. I Don’t Mind (2:22) 3. Nostalgia (3:18) 4. Sixteen (3:38) 5. Fiction Romance (4:23) 6. Autonomy (4:44) 7. Moving Away from the Pulsebeat (5:49) 8. Noise Annoys (4:05) 9. Walking Distance (2:40)
10. Operator’s Manual (3:55) 11. Nothing Left (4:50) 12. Sixteen Again (3:30) 13. Promises (3:52) 14. Ever Fallen in Love? (2:59) 15. Love You More (1:52)
16. What Do I Get? (2:43) 17. E.S.P. (6:20) 18. Boredom (2:39) 19. Oh Shit!

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Small Songs With Big Hearts – London Rainbow ’79 (EMI Recordings, 2000)

small songs

Another great live disc, with clean sound and strong performances find the group hitting their stride.

1. I Don’t Mind (2:18) 2. Autonomy (3:46) 3. Ever Fallen In Love (2:54)
4. Mad Mad Judy (2:57) 5. Sixteen (3:38) 6. Moving Away From The Pulsebeat (5:22) 7. Nothing Left (4:31) 8. Noise Annoys (3:08)
9. You Say You Don’t Love Me (2:47) 10. Harmony In My Head (3:02)
11. I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life (2:39) 12. Money (2:53)
13. I Believe (7:47) 14. Breakdown (2:14) 15. Love You More (2:02) 16. What Do I Get? (2:44) 17. Boredom (3:31)

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French (I.R.S. Records, 1995)

French
The Buzzcocks broke up in 1981, but in 1989 reformed with original members Peter Shelley, Steve Diggle and drummer John Maher and toured the US. By 1990 the reunion had become permanent, but Maher left, Steve Joyce, ex Smiths drummer joined and then left. By 1993 the final line-up was set with Shelley, Diggle, Phil Barber on bass, and Phil Barker on drums.

Recorded live at Paris’ L’Arapaho Club in April of 1995 this concert seems to lack some of the youthful spark of the pre 80’s concerts.

1. I Don’t Mind (2:56) 2. Who’ll Help Me to Forget (2:58) 3. Get on Your Own (2:29) 4. Unthinkable (2:41) 5. Strange Thing (3:38) 6. Energy (3:14)
7. Breakdown (2:15) 8. Innocent (3:28) 9. Roll It Over (4:14) 10. Why She’s a Girl from the Chainstore (2:40) 11. Last to Know? (2:55) 12. Running Free (3:07) 13. Libertine Angel (2:49) 14. Why Can’t I Touch It (3:47) 15. Noise Annoys (3:08) 16. Isolation (3:48) 17. Boredom (3:02)
18. Do It (3:00) 19. Harmony in My Head (3:21) 20. I Believe (7:05)

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Love Bites and Another Music In A Different Kitchen (I.R.S. Records, 1989)

love bites

Love Bites and Another Music In A Different Kitchen combines 1978’s Another Music In A Different Kitchen and 1979’s Love Bites. Of the two Another Music is definitely the stronger album with such stellar tracks as Fast Cars, Sixteen, and I Don’t Mind. Moving Away From the Pulsebeat, the albums last song, shows the influence the German group Can had on the group and in particular on Pete Shelley.

Love Bites shows the group coming into its own with Pete Shelley becoming the groups predominate voice. Ever Fallen in Love?, for many the bands signature song, is a highlight as are Just Lust, Nostalgia, and E.S.P.

1. Fast Cars (2:27) 2. No Reply (2:16) 3. You Tear Me Up (2:27) 4. Get On Our Own (2:27) 5. Love Battery (2:09) 6. Sixteen (3:38) 7. I Don’t Mind (2:18) 8. Fiction Romance (4:28)
9. Autonomy (3:43) 10. I Need (2:43) 11. Moving Away From The Pulsebeat (7:03) 12. Real World (3:33)
13. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)? (2:43) 14. Operator’s Manual (3:35)
15. Nostalgia (2:56) 16. Just Lust (3:02) 17. Sixteen Again (3:18) 18. Walking Distance (2:03)
19. Love Is Lies (3:13) 20. Nothing Left (4:29) 21. E.S.P. (4:48) 22. Late For The Train (5:34)

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A Different Kind Of Tension Pts. 1-3 (I.R.S Records, 1989)

A Different Kind Of Tension Pts

A Different Kind of Tension Pts. 1 -3 combines 1979’s A Different Kind of Tension and 1981’s 1,2,3 EP. A Different Kind of Tension marks the end of the Buzzcock’s first phase of existence, and 1,2,3 EP is the original groups last four singles. At times fragmented, it shows the group caught between their original sound (Paradise), and a completely new and more mature sound (Hollow Inside, A Different Kind of Tension).

1. Paradise (2:24) 2. Sitting Round At Home (2:40) 3. You Say You Don’t Love Me (2:53) 4. You Know You Can’t Help It (2:22) 5. Mad Mad Judy (3:35)
6. Raison d’etre (3:34) 7. I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life (2:43)
8. Money (2:45) 9. Hollow Inside (4:46) 10. A Different Kind Of Tension (4:38)
11. I Believe (7:08) 12. Radio Nine (0:42) 13. Are Everything (3:58)
14. Strange Thing (4:10) 15. What Do You Know (3:17) 16. Why She’s A Girl From The Chain Store (2:26) 17. Airwaves Dream (3:54) 18. Running Free (3:13)

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Various Artists – Somethings Gone Wrong Again (CZ Records, 1992)VA

An amusing, even entertaining tribute to Manchester’s finest by early 90’s indie and punk artists. Ultimately there’s nothing here that’s going to keep bringing you back too often to this album.

1. Doughboys – Why She’s A Girl From The Chainstore (2:09) 2. The Fluid – Oh. Shit (1:40)
3. Coffin Break – What Do I Get? (2:46) 4. Didjits – Sitting Round At Home (2:32)
5. Electric Love Hogs – Boredom (2:57) 6. Deadspot – Orgasm Addict (2:55) 7. Lunachicks – Noise Annoys/Promises (3:05) 8. Big Drill Car – I Don’t Mind (2:08) 9. Porn Orchard – Why Can’t I Touch It? (3:34) 10. The Accüsed – Lipstick (2:09) 11. Alice Donut – E.S.P. (4:16) 12. Naked Raygun – Love Battery (2:18)
13. Naked Raygun – Running Free (3:23) 14. Dose – Everybody’s Happy Nowadays (4:21)

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There is one album that I didn’t post here that no collection should be without (unfortunately The Old Fart only has a tape of it). It’s rated by Rolling Stone as the 358th best album (out of 500) of all time; and rated a 10 in Spin’s Alternative Record Guide. That album is 1979’s Singles Going Steady. Of the sixteen songs on the album all but two (Ever Fallen in Love? and Just Lust) were originally released as a singles A or B side. The album was released in America in September 1979, several months after the group had returned from a less than successful American tour.

Singles Going Steady

Singles Going Steady Track List

1. Orgasm Addict (2:00) 2. What Do I Get? (2:52) 3. I Don’t Mind (2:16)

4. Love You More (1:47) 5. Ever Fallen in Love? (2:39) 6. Promises (2:34)

7. Everybody’s Happy Nowadays (3:09) 8. Harmony in My Head (3:06)

10. Oh Shit! (1:34) 11. Autonomy (3:41) 12. Noise Annoys (2:49)

13. Just Lust (2:58) 14. Lipstick (2:36) 15. Why Can’t I Touch It? (6:32) 16. Something’s Gone Wrong Again (4:29)

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