Complete Singles Anthology

The Complete Singles Anthology

by Buzzcocks
     
 
The key word in the title of this triple-disc collection of single sides from the Buzzcocks is "Complete," which in this case proves to be both a virtue and a flaw. In their original incarnation, the Buzzcocks scarcely ever made a wrong move, and between 1977 and 1981, they released a string of genius singles that not only defined the nascent genre of punk-pop, but

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The key word in the title of this triple-disc collection of single sides from the Buzzcocks is "Complete," which in this case proves to be both a virtue and a flaw. In their original incarnation, the Buzzcocks scarcely ever made a wrong move, and between 1977 and 1981, they released a string of genius singles that not only defined the nascent genre of punk-pop, but showed how adventurous their lean but hook-laden bamalama could be. In 1989, after an eight-year split, the Buzzcocks got back together and, following a handful of well-received tours, they began recording again (with Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle joined by a variety of bassists and drummers). However, while the Buzzcocks continue to be a superb live band, the recordings from the new edition of the group simply haven't been as exciting or memorable as their original string of discs, and though the quality level of this set begins to falter a bit with the last few sides from the first Buzzcocks lineup, it's when the band reunites for Trade Test Transmissions on track 32 with "Alive Tonight" that the dip becomes really obvious. Mind you, it's not that the recordings from the second-generation Buzzcocks are bad; the group could (and can) still write good songs and play them with vigor and enthusiasm, but when you were perhaps the world's greatest singles band for four years, simply being considerably better than average just isn't the same. The epochal Singles Going Steady is still the best document of the Buzzcocks' first flower of genius, and while The Complete Singles Anthology has everything from that album, along with the brilliant Spiral Scratch EP, you also get a bunch of other stuff you'll probably find yourself skipping over after you've played it once. The completeness of this set hurts the listening experience as much as it helps.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
Label:
Emd Int'l
UPC:
0724357102827
catalogNumber:
571028

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Breakdown
  2. Times Up
  3. Boredom
  4. Friends of Mine
  5. Orgasm Addict
  6. Whatever Happened To?
  7. What Do I Get
  8. Oh Shit!
  9. I Don't Mind
  10. Autonomy
  11. Moving Away from the Pulsebeat
  12. Love You More
  13. Noise Annoys
  14. Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've?)
  15. Just Lust
  16. Promises
  17. Lipstick
  18. Everybody's Happy Nowadays
  19. Why Can't I Touch It?
  20. Harmony in My Head
  21. Something's Gone Wrong Again
  22. You Say You Don't Love Me
  23. Raison d'Etre
  24. I Believe

Disc 2

  1. Are Everything
  2. Why She's a Girl from the Chainstore
  3. Airwaves Dream
  4. Strange Thing
  5. What Do You Know
  6. Running Free
  7. I Look Alone
  8. Alive Tonight
  9. Serious Crime
  10. Last to Know
  11. Successful St
  12. Isolation
  13. Innocent
  14. Who'll Help Me Forget?
  15. Inside
  16. Do It
  17. Trash Away
  18. All Over You
  19. Libertine Angel
  20. Roll It Over
  21. Prison Riot Hostage

Disc 3

  1. Totally from the Heart
  2. Thunder of Hearts
  3. Soul on a Rock
  4. Jerk
  5. Don't Come Back
  6. Oh Shit!
  7. Sick City Sometimes
  8. Never Believe It
  9. Paradise
  10. Steve Diggle and Tony Barber Interviewed By Alan Parker (Spoken Word)

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