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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Did the Buzzcocks invent pop-punk? Probably not. Did they perfect it? You bet. Marrying glorious pop melodies, the chainsaw roar of a downstroked guitar, and the furious angst of a million confused teenagers, the Buzzcocks played punk rock that was physical, passionate, and emotionally compelling, but also joyously listenable and danceable in a way the Damned and the Clash could never dream of being. If the Buzzcocks Mark 1 1976-1981 ever made a bad record, they've done a splendid job of keeping it a secret; all three of the group's original albums are brilliant, and Singles Going Steady which collects the A- and B-sides of their first eight 45s is as perfect a compilation ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Did the Buzzcocks invent pop-punk? Probably not. Did they perfect it? You bet. Marrying glorious pop melodies, the chainsaw roar of a downstroked guitar, and the furious angst of a million confused teenagers, the Buzzcocks played punk rock that was physical, passionate, and emotionally compelling, but also joyously listenable and danceable in a way the Damned and the Clash could never dream of being. If the Buzzcocks Mark 1 1976-1981 ever made a bad record, they've done a splendid job of keeping it a secret; all three of the group's original albums are brilliant, and Singles Going Steady which collects the A- and B-sides of their first eight 45s is as perfect a compilation album as you're ever likely to encounter. But if you're looking for a single-disc package that covers the history of the band's first era, Operators Manual is just what you've been needing; it features 11 of Singles Going Steady's 16 tracks including all the A-sides, and adds 14 superb songs from the group's three albums. And unlike Singles, Operators Manual features material from A Different Kind of Tension, and while the Buzzcocks were brilliant right out of the box, "You Say You Don't Love Me" and "I Don't Know What to Do With My Life" revealed a surprising maturity, and "I Believe" found Pete Shelley going past the perfect pop song into a moving and heartbreaking statement of purpose. Operators Manual is hardly everything you'd ever need from the Buzzcocks, but if you're looking for an introduction to their remarkable body of work, you could hardly do better.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/1991
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 022071313520
  • Catalog Number: 131351
  • Sales rank: 6,233

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Orgasm Addict (2:01)
  2. 2 What Do I Get? (2:55)
  3. 3 I Don't Mind (2:18)
  4. 4 Autonomy (3:39)
  5. 5 Fast Cars (2:30)
  6. 6 Get on Your Own (2:29)
  7. 7 Sixteen (3:44)
  8. 8 Fiction Romance (4:32)
  9. 9 Love You More (1:48)
  10. 10 Noise Annoys (2:50)
  11. 11 Ever Fallen in Love? (2:41)
  12. 12 Operator's Manual (3:33)
  13. 13 Nostalgia (2:53)
  14. 14 Walking Distance (2:01)
  15. 15 Nothing Left (4:27)
  16. 16 ESP (4:39)
  17. 17 Promises (2:35)
  18. 18 Lipstick (2:36)
  19. 19 Everybody's Happy Nowadays (3:10)
  20. 20 Harmony in My Head (3:07)
  21. 21 You Say You Don't Love Me (2:53)
  22. 22 I Don't Know What to Do with My Life (2:42)
  23. 23 I Believe (7:07)
  24. 24 Are Everything (3:34)
  25. 25 Radio Nine (0:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buzzcocks Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Pete Shelley Composer, Contributor
Steve Diggle Composer, Contributor
Steve Garvey Contributor
Martin Hannett Producer
John Maher Contributor
Martin Rushent Producer
Jon Savage Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy this album punk rockers

    An essential buy for anyone who considers themselves a Buzzcocks fan or for that matter a punk rocker. This is the second best album that buzzcocks have made only after Singles Going Steady. With songs like Ever Fallen In Love, Promises, and Orgasm Addict you can't go wrong.

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