360 BUZZCOCKS!

Buzzcocks. Buzzcocks. BUZZCOCKS.

The Buzzcocks might be my new second favorite band based on nothing but their name. It’s times like this that I have to remind myself that I’m not 12. But then, BUZZCOCKS. Who are they? An English punk band from Bolton. Formed around 1976 by the guitarist, Pete Shelly, and singer, Howard Devoto. I was pretty excited about this one because, YAY!, I found a punk band that I like. But then, I started looking into the album, Singles Going Steady and realized that it’s a compilation album that was released in 1979. It was the first release in the US and is composed of their eight UK singles and corresponding B-sides. I really like the album but I still don’t think compilation albums or greatest hits albums should be on this list. This one was released as both. A compilation album to introduce the band to the US market and, in 1981, it was released again in the UK as a greatest hits album. It failed to chart on both sides of the pond. Apparently, the Buzzcocks got their “big break” because Kurt Cobain picked them as a support act on Nirvana’s final tour. Then, critics changed their tune. Funny how that happens, isn’t it.

I.R.S., 1979

I.R.S., 1979