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BuzzcocksAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 18, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00008BLCC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the seventh full-length from 70s punk-pop pioneers. These new tracks grab you from the get go and don't let go. The Buzzcocks are one of the few bands who, after over 25 years, can lay claim to being legends, while remaining timeless and relevant. New "punks" like Green Day, Blink 182, Offspring, and Sum 41 are indebted to them.

If the term "punk-rock veterans" often seems like a troubling oxymoron, the Buzzcocks have found a way to neatly sidestep any qualms about their status as one of the Class of ‘77's most influential band of dino punks: Simply remove yourself from the constraints of time frame. But if sticking to their roots and original vision has worked surprisingly well in a live context since their 1989 reformation, their oft-unfocused '90s studio albums usually didn't reflect their strengths. Gratifyingly, this chapter of their unlikely career resurgence finally seems to have put all the pieces back together. Informed by taut pop-punk song structures, tough, driving performances, and the return of band co-founder Howard DeVoto to the fold (if only as co-writer with mainstay Pete Shelley on the tough "Stars" and blistering "Lester Sands"), the ‘cocks have arguably turned out an album worthy of comparison to their late '70s prime. And if the subject matter here concedes they're not lads anymore, the performances belie it with potent doses of the band's original hooks-and-snot spirit. --Jerry McCulley

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome return to form September 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I must admit that 2003 has been a surprising year, if only for the excellent new releases by Wire, and now The Buzzcocks - the two best bands to emerge from the 1977 punk explosion in England.
Perhaps Buzzcocks fans should have been alerted by Pete Shelley's exceptional duo with original Buzzcocks leader Howard Devoto last year. He even does his own take here of a song from that great CD.
But this is most definitely a Buzzcocks release, and it's the best since 1986's "All Set", especially in light of the disappointing "Modern" from 1999.
Since returning from oblivion in the early 1990s, Pete and Steve Diggle have taken a Lennon-McCartney approach to their recorded work. They now share equally in the writing, and Steve's work is every bit the equal of Pete's, in terms of quantity and quality.
"Buzzcocks" is the work where Shelley and Diggle hit peak form together for the first time - Shelley's songs dominated "All Set."
Everything you love about the Buzzcocks is here, and it is the best quality recording of all four of their second period efforts.
Since reforming the band has been a great live attraction. With "Buzzcocks" they have finally harnessed the power and excitment of their live performances in the studio.
A great CD from a great band.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review - Absolutely Satisfying! March 31, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Buzzcocks have as much right as anyone to put out a record, though it's worth pointing out that the band's reunion lineup has been together more than twice as long as the one that scored all those hits in England 25 years ago.
That's not a bad thing per se, particularly when a band reforms and comes up with material at least as good as its old stuff (New Order, King Crimson, Wire). Most of the time, of course, it's the other way around (Television, Soft Boys, Spinal Tap).
It would be somewhat unreasonable to demand that any band, including today's Buzzcocks, come up with tunes as good as the ones that cover the seminal Singles Going Steady, as well as Another Music In a Different Kitchen and Love Bites. However, even if we don't demand it, their absence leaves me wanting. While 1999's All Set came closer, none of the band's reunion records provided a genuine return to form.
The new disc on the venerable Merge label is titled Buzzcocks, implying that the music therein is definitive and quintessential. Don't be misled, but don't be prohibitively cynical either. This is an absolutely satisfying listen and a feat of songwriting that few acts could match. Additionally, the old geezers haven't diluted their mission with jazz session players or choral arrangements, like Sting or his old fart comrades.

Instead, original members Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle have the good sense to divide the writing equally, keep 12 songs under 35 minutes total, and include absolute standouts such as "Jerk," "Certain Move" and "Sick City Sometimes." Also included are two numbers Shelley co-wrote with original Buzzcock Howard Devoto, who left the band in 1976.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally from the heart ... March 19, 2003
By Carlos
Format:Audio CD
Buzzcocks is the seventh studio album from ... Buzzcocks. From the urgent drum intro of Jerk to the glorious ringing final chord of Useless, this album speeds through twelve slices of pure turbocharged punk joy. It's bright and urgent, brutally melodic, fast and slick - a natural addition to the Buzzcocks canon. It's all here as you'd expect, the thrilling buzz of guitars, the trademark fluid bass and crisp drumming - these alone would be reason enough to buy this album. The added value, as ever, is in songwriters Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle's ability to marry the adrenalin rush of the music to the everyday stories of their lives, universal stories touching everyday hearts. This is not cartoon punk boys whining about nothing, or formula radio rock, the new middle-of-the-road. This is lived-in honesty. It's the formula that underpinned the band's highest profile successes in the vanguard of the punk/New Wave explosion back then; this may be the album to bring the band back to that deserved notice and prominence.
These are great songs played passionately, this album has been produced to work as a whole piece, not the ragbag stop/start collection of hit/filler we have become used to from so-called chart acts. Bassist Tony Barber's production puts the guitars at the sharp end of the sonic assault. But in these heavily labelled and branded times, is it punk rock? Yes it is, but don't let that put you off. In sound, Buzzcocks reprises key moments of the band's history, right back to 1978's seminal Another Music in a Different Kitchen album. The longest song is the closing track Useless at a smidgen over four minutes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-rate Buzzcocks August 27, 2005
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It's very rare that a punk band that cranked out flawless albums in the late 70's can still accomplish that same feat in the (whatever we're calling this decade). The Buzzcocks have done exactly that with this self-titled album. This ranks right up there with "Another Music in a Different Kitchen", "Love Bites", and "A Different Kind of Tension". It's just that good.

Every song on here is top-rate Buzzcocks, and the raw yet full production lends a ballsy edge to the well-written material. I saw them live a couple of years prior to the release of this album and they still play with a true passion, and that passion shines through on this album.

MUCH better than the other 2 studio albums they recorded in the 90's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buzzcocks - self-titled (Merge Records)
Surprisingly, good - no, wait! Make that a GREAT 2003 reunion / comeback CD for the UK late '70's new wave / punk band the Buzzcocks. Read more
Published on March 15, 2010 by Mike Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite impressive!
The post-reunion Buzzcocks albums haven't been that great, but this one really is a good album.

Most of the song are just stunning, and when you combine the very... Read more
Published on March 27, 2009 by Otto Correct
4.0 out of 5 stars One more Pyhrric victory
The Buzzcocks had a magnificent 5-year run from 1976-1980 as the ultimate punk band with pop sensibility. Read more
Published on January 6, 2006 by ifutureman
5.0 out of 5 stars Can You Say POWER?!!!!
This CD is everything everyone ever loved about alternative/punk music. Wannabes watch out - The Buzzcocks are back and ready to remind the world how it's REALLY done. Read more
Published on July 17, 2003 by Shawn
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything Old Is New Again
It's no news to anyone familiar with the punk industry or who have read other reviews of this album, but the Buzzcocks are a 25-year-old punk band. Read more
Published on June 23, 2003 by Erich Arendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Buzzcocks since 1978
This is by far, without a doubt, hands down the BEST disc put out by the Buzzcocks in decades! Yes, decades! I cannot help but be taken to that warm nostalgic place... Read more
Published on June 23, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Buzzcocks since 1978
This is by far, without a doubt, hands down the BEST disc put out by the Buzzcocks in decades! Yes, decades! I cannot help but be taken to that warm nostalgic place... Read more
Published on June 23, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Buzzcocks
This is a GREAT Buzzcocks cd with a much heavier heavier sound and 12 really cool songs. All the songs are really good but i'd have to say my favourite song on this cd is Useless. Read more
Published on March 26, 2003 by "nickdlc"
5.0 out of 5 stars velocity
This disc is by far the most propelling collection of songs I have heard
in one place, ever. I can think of no description for it other than
velocity. Read more
Published on March 25, 2003 by BobC
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of 2003 so far
On their brand-new, self-titled (or untitled, according to band spokesman and leader Pete Shelley) album, the Buzzcocks face up to the challenge of redefining their sound for a new... Read more
Published on March 21, 2003 by Miles Durrie
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