The Complete Singles Anthology [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • UPC: 724357102827
  • Catalog Number: 571028

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Breakdown (1:57)
  2. 2 Times Up (3:04)
  3. 3 Boredom (2:51)
  4. 4 Friends of Mine (2:15)
  5. 5 Orgasm Addict (2:01)
  6. 6 Whatever Happened To? (2:13)
  7. 7 What Do I Get (2:54)
  8. 8 Oh Shit! (1:35)
  9. 9 I Don't Mind (2:18)
  10. 10 Autonomy (3:43)
  11. 11 Moving Away from the Pulsebeat (5:40)
  12. 12 Love You More (1:49)
  13. 13 Noise Annoys (2:51)
  14. 14 Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've?) (2:41)
  15. 15 Just Lust (2:59)
  16. 16 Promises (2:35)
  17. 17 Lipstick (2:37)
  18. 18 Everybody's Happy Nowadays (3:11)
  19. 19 Why Can't I Touch It? (6:35)
  20. 20 Harmony in My Head (3:07)
  21. 21 Something's Gone Wrong Again (4:32)
  22. 22 You Say You Don't Love Me (2:52)
  23. 23 Raison d'Etre (3:31)
  24. 24 I Believe (7:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Are Everything (3:58)
  2. 2 Why She's a Girl from the Chainstore (2:26)
  3. 3 Airwaves Dream (3:52)
  4. 4 Strange Thing (4:10)
  5. 5 What Do You Know (3:15)
  6. 6 Running Free (3:13)
  7. 7 I Look Alone (3:04)
  8. 8 Alive Tonight (3:49)
  9. 9 Serious Crime (3:28)
  10. 10 Last to Know (2:55)
  11. 11 Successful St (5:29)
  12. 12 Isolation (3:43)
  13. 13 Innocent (3:33)
  14. 14 Who'll Help Me Forget? (2:57)
  15. 15 Inside (2:31)
  16. 16 Do It (2:56)
  17. 17 Trash Away (4:45)
  18. 18 All Over You (3:14)
  19. 19 Libertine Angel (2:56)
  20. 20 Roll It Over (3:41)
  21. 21 Prison Riot Hostage (1:59)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Totally from the Heart (2:42)
  2. 2 Thunder of Hearts (2:55)
  3. 3 Soul on a Rock (3:31)
  4. 4 Jerk (2:22)
  5. 5 Don't Come Back (2:35)
  6. 6 Oh Shit! (1:58)
  7. 7 Sick City Sometimes (2:59)
  8. 8 Never Believe It (3:07)
  9. 9 Paradise (2:28)
  10. 10 Steve Diggle and Tony Barber Interviewed By Alan Parker (Spoken Word) (40:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buzzcocks Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Buzzcocks Producer
Howard Devoto Composer
Pete Shelley Composer, Text
Steve Diggle Composer
Steve Garvey Composer
Martin Hannett Producer
Neill King Producer
John Maher Composer
Martin Rushent Producer
Ralph P. Rupert Producer
Tony Barber Producer
Alan Parker Text
Alan Dial Composer
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