Punk legends Buzzcocks are to have their classic 7in singles released in a stunning boxset – but the price could put many fans off.
Formed in Bolton in 1976, the band released a series of essential 45s between November 1977 and December 1980 on the United Artists label.
Songs like Promises, Everybody Happy Nowadays, I Don’t Mind, Harmony In My Head and What Do I Get? established Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle as one of punk-pop’s greatest songwriting partnerships.
The band split in 1981, but reconvened in 1989, and although they produced some good work (recently collected in Cherry Red‘s CD boxset Sell You Everything – reviewed here) they never quite hit the same heights again.
Shelley sadly died in December 2018, though Diggle has kept the band going with long-time bassist Chris Remington and drummer Danny Farrant.
Now, the complete run of seven-inch singles released on UA by the classic Shelly-Diggle-Garvey-Maher line-up is being re-released in a boxset.
Starting with Orgasm Addict and ending with Running Free, all the singles have been remastered from the original tapes and come in the original Malcolm Garrett-designed sleeves. The box also contains a 36-page booklet.
The snag lies in the price – a hefty £150. Understandably, many fans have voiced concern, though the band have pointed out that the set is not cheap to produce in relatively small numbers.
Those who still have lovingly-cared-for original singles will probably baulk at shelling out, but you can bet this finds its way onto the Christmas lists of quite a few dads and grandads of a certain age…
Buzzcocks: Complete UA Singles 1977-80 7in boxset is released on 15 January 2021 and can be pre-ordered HERE.
- Orgasm Addict/What Ever Happened To?
- What Do I Get?/Oh Shit!
- I Don’t Mind/Autonomy
- Love You More/Noise Annoys
- Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?)/Just Lust
- Everybody’s Happy Nowadays/Why Can’t I Touch It?
- Harmony In My Head/Something’s Gone Wrong Again
- You Say You Don’t Love Me/Raison D’Etre
- Are Everything/Why She’s A Girl From The Chainstore
- Strange Thing/Airwaves Dream
- Running Free/What Do You Know?