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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

Cock Sparrer – Shock Troops (For fans of The Clash, Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols)


Quick, when you think of early punk rock, what are the first 3 bands that come to your mind?  If you’re like most people, The Ramones, The Clash, and The Sex Pistols all came to mind immediately… and rightfully so as they all are great fucking bands.  Unfortunately, sort of like the Buzzcocks, one of the greatest punk bands often gets left out.  England’s Cock Sparrer is easily one of the most influential and underrated bands of their time, and I have been listening to Shock Troops non-stop ever since I saw them a few months back.

While probably most famous for their song “We’re Coming Back”, which have been covered by The Bouncing Souls on their split with Anti-Flag, there are so many good hits on Shock Troops.  From the infectious hooks of “Riot Squad to the anthematic shot at the music industry “Take Em All”, Cock Sparrer knew how to right a damn catchy punk tune.

Shock Troops is the perfect blend of old school punk and good ole fashioned Oi, and is an essential if you’re a punk fan at all.

MP3:
Cock Sparrer – Take Em All

More:
Cock Sparrer Live In Philly
The Buzzcocks – Singles Go Steady
The Clash – London Calling
Anti-Pasti

Buy:
Cock Sparrer