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Flat-Pack Philosophy

BuzzcocksAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B000E8N8LQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flat Pack Philosophy
2. Wish I never Loved You
3. Sell You Everything
4. Reconciliation
5. I Don't Exist
6. Soul Survivor
7. God, What Have I Done?
8. Credit
9. Big Brother Wheels
10. Dreamin'
11. Sound of a Gun
12. Look at You Now
13. I've Had Enough
14. Between Heaven and Hell

Editorial Reviews


Judged against the exceptional standards of the group's own catalog, this album is not so good. The Buzzcocks, after all, invented and perfected a very smartass, insanely catchy ideal of poppy, ultra-energetic punk rock and half your favorite bands have stolen from them liberally. But judged against other reunion records, it's definitely a fun album, and is easily their best post-breakup album. Steve Shelley's infamous high-pitched vocals sound more like a strange old geezer than a hyperactive kid, but that should not come as much of a surprise. Not surprisingly, the lyrics range from society to love. The songs are mostly mid-tempo, pleasant punk rock. You could do a lot worse, but they could do a lot better. --Mike McGonigal

Product Description

Flat-Pack Philosophy marks the fifth release from the Buzzcocks Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle, Tony Barber, and Phillip Barker. In true punk fashion, Flat-Pack Philosophy packs 14 songs into 36 minutes and in places sounds like the best bits of every classic Buzzcocks single carefully welded together. It continues the great Buzzcocks tradition of romantic metaphors and of Diggle's implicit literary references, and will certainly continue the ongoing success of this band. Cooking Vinyl. 2006.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great hooks, crunch and vocals. March 8, 2006
By Phil
Format:Audio CD
The Buzzcocks really have no right to be putting out albums as good as their last few at this point in their career, but I'm sure glad they do. I thought their last, self-titled album was an incredible and glorious punk rock album. This one isn't quite so good, but it's still head and shoulders above most punk bands half their age. I know of no other band that so perfectly balances the melodic and the bombastic. No, it's not "Singles Going Steady", but it's well worth the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Respectable reunion-era album April 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This sounds pretty much like the last one, the self-titled "Buzzcocks." It shares the ups and downs of the other records released by the 90s-00s Shelley/Diggle/Barker/Barber line-up. This band's sound can't be compared with the 70's original four; it's like 1972 Velvets vs. the 1966 Warhol-era line-up, or The Fall now vs. 1978! That is, similarities remain, the lead singer(s) are still identifiable and appealing, but also the production's shifted and the sound's more radio-friendly--to a degree among "cult" bands--where I place Buzzcocks proudly.

Since I was around as an older teen when the Buzzcocks made their splash, I admit that I will always hear their later albums as filtered through my 17-year-old ears that listened to the needle dropping down on "Another Kitchen." Giving this four stars is my ranking its consistency with other records from this second line-up, not comparing this to their other albums; on its own terms it holds up well against whatever's the young competition, but does not, honestly, stand out overwhelmingly to crush the opposition. Parts of it reminded me of The Undertones' "Get What You Need" reunion record: accomplished pop-punk by seasoned vets. It's a good, solid, but not jaw-dropping, record.

This preamble made, "Flat Pack" does have, as all the recent records do, some strong, punchy, dynamic songs--the best here is the opening title track. Shelley, as always, is in studio the more memorable vocalist and the clever lyricist. Diggle on record--in the original or the later band--suffers from being muffled on many of his tracks when he takes the mic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buzzcocks Still Going Strong After 30+ Years! August 11, 2008
By Chappa
Format:Audio CD
This excellent punk group was formed in 1975 by guitarists Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle, plus Steve Garvey on bass and John Maher on drums completing the original classic line-up. Throughout the late seventies they released a trio of excellent punk-pop albums before calling it quits in 1980.
Now fast-forward to 1989. Shelley and Diggle decide to reform the group! Garvey and Maher joined too and they played some tours that lasted into the early nineties. However both Garvey and Maher left afterwards to be replaced by new members Tony Barber and Philip Barker on bass and drums respectively.
In 1993 the band released it's first reunion album called "Trade Test Transmissions" and since then, a steady stream of new albums have followed.
Finally in 2006 this album, "Flat-Pack Philosophy", was released. Bass player Tony Barber produced the fourteen songs included in it. The new album didn't disappoint. It's awesome all the way through! Not a weak song to be found here!

Shelley wrote nine songs, all sung by him. The title track starts the album in good fashion with a nice descending chord progression repeated throughout. Another stand out is "Reconciliation", in fact this is one of the best songs on the album! Excellent melodies occur throughout this punk-pop masterpiece. Also of note is the song "Dreaming" in which atmospheric arpeggios are used to great effect during the chorus. "Look At You Now" has great background vocals and a very catchy chorus as well. Track number thirteen "I've Had Enough" has a cool bridge in the middle. Listen to the mixolydian scale played by the lead guitar on "Credit"!

Diggle wrote and sings on the remainig five. His songs usually rock a little harder and have a more modern punk sound to them but all five have something memorable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best December 15, 2007
By Ignite
Format:Audio CD
As a long time Buzzcocks fan, I really cant explain how glad I was that this album delivered. I wont even bother writing a long review, because you either like the Buzzcocks or you dont. If you dont, this wont change your mind. If you do, then GET THIS ALBUM.
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