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The Buzzcocks – Love Bites (For fans of The Clash, The Ramones, Sex Pistols)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: along with Cock Sparrer and The Vibrators, The Buzzcocks were one of the most underrated bands of the 70s punk genre.  I’ve posted on their compilation album Singles Going Steady before, and if you’ve never checked them out I recommend you check that one out first (it’s sort of a “greatest hits” type), but their second album Love Bites is also a solid listen.

Many consider 1978 released Love Bites the album where The Buzzcocks really found their sound, mixing catchy pop hooks with punk rock aggression.  Songs like “Ever Fallen In Love”, “Operator’s Manual”, and “Just Lust” show exactly how well this Manchester band could craft a melody with punk dissonance.  A bit of a departure from the rest of the album, but the song “Love Is Lies” is simple, desperate, and easily one of my favorites on the album.

If you dig 70s punk at all, you really can’t go wrong with The Buzzcocks.  They’ve influenced countless punk bands over the years and even though they never reached the same level of success as The Clash or The Ramones, they were just as important.

MP3:
The Buzzcocks – Operator’s Manual

More Punk Rock For Your Slamdancing Soul:
The Buzzcocks – Singles Go Steady
Sham 69
The Vibrators – 25 Years Of Pure Mania
The Ramones – Self Titled
The Misfits – Walk Among Us
The Clash – London Calling

Buy:
The Buzzcocks

The Vibrators – 25 Years of Pure Mania (For fans of The Clash, The Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols)

Sometimes when I’m driving people somewhere, if I’m in the mood to be nice… I have to remember that not everyone sees the beauty of powerviolence or overly pissed hardcore.  This is when I have to find something more accessible, but something that I want to listen to.  I’m not gonna lie, I usually go with 70s punk rock… and lately I’ve been always wanting to listen to The Vibrators greatest hits album 25 Years Of Pure Mania.


Even though The Vibrators were one of the earliest punk bands originally forming in 1976, most people have no idea who they are.  And that’s a damn shame, because these London boys have some of the catchiest punk rock anthems around. 25 Years Of Pure Mania is a 2 CD release containing all of their most popular hits from almost their entire discography (which is fucking huge by the way) and is a great place for anyone looking to get into the band.

If you dig bands like The Buzzcocks or early Clash, then you need to check out The Vibrators.  They’ve been getting more plays by me than any other band as of late.

MP3:
The Vibrators – Judy Says

More 70s Punk Rock That You Need To Check Out, Or Else:
The Ramones – Mondo Bizarro
The Ramones – Self Titled
The Misfits – Walk Among Us
The Misfits – Static Age
Cock Sparrer – Shock Troops
The Buzzcocks – Singles Go Steady
The Clash – London Calling

Buy:
The Vibrators

The Clash – London Calling (For Fans of The Ramones, The Buzzcocks, Cock Sparrer)

If you were to mention The Clash to anyone, the iconic album cover of London Calling, with Simonon smashing his guitar into the stage is the first thing to come into mind for most.  Even though the cover was originally a tribute to Elvis Presley, it has definitely passed it in terms of recognizability.

London Calling is actually the third studio album released by The Clash, and if you are a fan of punk at all, you ought to have this album.  The songs range in style a bit more than the punk influenced previous released Self Titled and Give Em Enough Rope, with them exploring rockabilly on “Brand New Cadillac” (a cover of Vince Taylor’s song), lounge style “Jimmy Jazz”, and plenty of ska/reggae to go around with songs like “Rudie Can’t Fail” and “Revolution Rock”.

The Clash remain political throughout the album, praising the fight against fascism in Spain in “Spanish Bombs”, attacking the advertising world in “Koka Kola”, and struggling with commercialism in “Lost In The Supermarket”.

Every punk band around these days were somehow influenced (directly or indirectly) by The Clash at some point.  While London Calling is more mellow than other punk of the late 70s, it’s still an album that needs to be in everyone’s collection.

Mp3:
The Clash – Spanish Bombs

Housewives Calling:
Cock Sparrer Live In Philly
The Buzzcocks – Singles Go Steady
Sham 69
Anti-Pasti

Buy:
Amazon – The Clash London Calling

The Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady (For fans of The Clash, The Ramones, Sex Pistols)

I’m going to keep this one short, but I’ve been on a real Buzzcocks kick lately, and can’t stop listening to their compilation album Singles Going Steady.  Even though they never achieved the same amount of fame as other 70s contemporaries such as The Ramones or The Clash, The Buzzcocks were just as important in shaping punk rock.

Singles Going Steady captures these British dudes biggest songs that were recorded from 1977-1979, with a few B-sides thrown in for good measure.  Playing catchy punk rock anthems, Singles Going Steady features upbeat melodies with charming off-key vocals, the album still has plenty of punk rage.  From the desperate “What Do I Get?” to the driving “Oh Shit”, The Buzzcocks’ Singles Going Steady is a vital masterpiece necessary in any punk fan’s collection.

MP3:
The Buzzcocks – What Do I Get?

Housewives Going Steady:
Sham 69
Anti-Pasti

Buy:
Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady