Buzzcocks

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Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band, formed in Bolton in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto.

They are regarded as an important influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rock, power pop, pop punk and indie rock. They achieved commercial success with singles that fused pop craftsmanship with rapid-fire punk energy. These singles were collected on Singles Going Steady, described by critic Ned Raggett as a "punk masterpiece".

Devoto and Shelley chose the name "Buzzcocks" after reading the headline, "It's the Buzz, Cock!", in a review of the TV series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. The "buzz" is the excitement of playing on stage; "cock" is Manchester slang meaning "mate" (as in friend/buddy). They thought it captured the excitement of the Sex Pistols and nascent punk scene.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1978 Another Music in a Different Kitchen 6
1978 Love Bites 7
1979 A Different Kind of Tension 4
1993 Trade Test Transmissions 4
1996 All Set 1
1999 Modern 2
2003 Buzzcocks 1
2006 Flat‐Pack Philosophy 2
2014 The Way 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1979 Singles Going Steady Compilation 3.5 6
1981 Parts 1–3 Compilation 2
1989 A Different Kind of Tension / Parts 1, 2, 3 Compilation 1
1989 A Different Kind of Tension / Singles Going Steady Compilation 1
1989 Love Bites / Another Music in a Different Kitchen Compilation 1
1989 The Peel Sessions Compilation 2
1991 Operators Manual Compilation 3
1997 Chronology Compilation 1
1998 BBC Sessions Compilation 1
2002 Ever Fallen in Love? Buzzcocks Finest Compilation 1
2004 The Complete Singles Anthology Compilation 1
2011 A Different Compilation Compilation 1
2013 5 Album Set Compilation 1
A Different Kind of Product Compilation 1
Driving You Insane Compilation 1
I Don’t Mind the Buzzcocks Compilation 1
Songs in a Different Time Compilation 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1989 Product Compilation Live 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1977 Time’s Up Live 3
1988 Lest We Forget Live 2
1990 Live at the Roxy Club April ’77 Live 2
1992 Entertaining Friends: Live at the Hammersmith Odeon March 1979 Live 1
1995 French Live 2
2001 Paris: Encore du pain Live 1
2001 Live Tension Live 1
2002 Live Live 1
2004 The Complete French Sessions Live 1
2005 Driving You Insane Live 1
2005 Small Songs with Big Hearts: London Rainbow ’79 Live 1
2008 30 Live 1
Beating Hearts: Manchester Apollo 1978 Live 1

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1977 Orgasm Addict 1
1978 What Do I Get? 1
1978 I Don’t Mind 1
1978 Love You More 2
1978 Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?) 1
1978 Promises 1
1978 I Am the Amazing Buzzcocks 12″ Clear Vinyl Maxi Single 1
1979 Everybody’s Happy Nowadays 1
1979 Harmony in My Head 1
1979 You Say You Don’t Love Me 1

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