Buzzcocks' Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto are credited with organising the often cited Sex Pistols gig at Manchester's Lesser Free Hall in 1976, the gig that famously inspired the like of Joy Division, The Fall and The Smiths. Buzzcocks also played on the line up of the same gig, having been together as a band for only a few months, famously recording and releasing their 'Spiral Scratch EP' the same year via their own New Hormones label. The epitome of the self-publishing punk band on the eve of British punk's 1977 explosion, and certainly one of the bands that catalysed the reaction.
The Buzzcocks though, were also one of the bands to survive the initial inferno of punk and go on into the 1980s, releasing albums throughout the remainder of the decade.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the original releases, Domino have announced details of the re-issue of Buzzcocks' seminal first two albums, 'Another Music In A Different Kitchen' and 'Love Bites', both originally released in 1978.
Setting themselves apart from the run of the mill reissues that often hit the market as releases rack up another anniversary, these releases feature extensive liner notes by famed writer, broadcaster, music journalist and cultural commentator Jon Savage, who interviewed Buzzcocks around the date of the original releases for prominent music magazine Sounds and famed punk zine Search & Destroy in 1978. The notes act as a succinct yet effective context for those revisiting the albums or hearing them for the first time.
"Despite all the changes, Buzzcocks were still on the up, unlike most of their 1976 peers: a natural caution - plus being based in Manchester - meant that they were only one single (‘Orgasm Addict’: October 1977) into a major label deal. While in London that December, they were recording five preliminary demos for their first album with producer Martin Rushent, while headlining the Roundhouse, their biggest venue thus far, with the Worst, Penetration and Siouxsie and the Banshees - great groups all."
- Jon Savage, 2018, 'Another Music In A Different Kitchen' sleeve notes.
Within six months of their debut album release, the band had recorded and released its follow up. Love Bites was recorded in late July 1978 and released in September of that year. Reaching number 13 in the U.K. album charts, it featured their highest charting single, and arguably best-known song, ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)’.
"‘E.S.P.’ is the album’s centrepiece. Constructed around an ever ascending riff - looping within itself like an M.C.Escher structure - the song sets up a perpetual motion. Shelley’s lyric goes beyond the norm to discuss Extra Sensory Perception: “Brainwaves transmitted from my mind/Of a magnetic kind.” Whether it be clairvoyance, telepathy or thought transference, the track’s hypnotic circles take you into another world. After that, the closing instrumental ‘Late For The Train’ matches heavy, backwards guitars with a juddering drum pattern - played live then looped - into a futuristic sound picture."
- Jon Savage, 2018, 'Love Bites' sleeve notes.
Released on Friday 25th January 2019, the editions also feature the original tracklisting and Malcolm Garrett designed artwork.