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Singles Going Steady

BuzzcocksAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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listen  2. What Do I Get? 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)? 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Everybody's Happy Nowadays 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Whatever Happened To . . . ? 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Oh Shit (Explicit) [Explicit] 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen12. Noise Annoys 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Just Lust 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Lipstick 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Why Can't I Touch It? 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 14, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000000QGE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

One of the all-time great punk-rock anthologies! Here are the late-'70s singles plus B-sides from the Beatles of punk: Ever Fallen in Love; What Do I Get; I Don't Mind; Orgasm Addict; Promises; Love You More; Just Lust; Noise Annoys , and more.

With a name designed to shock, and song titles like "Oh Shit?" and "Orgasm Addict" the Buzzcocks were proud proponents of British late-'70s punk rock. But in retrospect, it's easier to see what else they accomplished--some of the catchiest, most provocative pop singles ever. Pete Shelley expressed heartbreak and frustration ("Ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn't have fallen in love with?" goes one catchy chorus) without falling victim to lovey-dovey cliches. This definitive 1979 collection nicely captures the Manchester quartet's tight melodies, economic writing and appropriately fast pace. --Steve Knopper

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The catchiest tunes ever penned by punk rockers January 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Buzzcocks are fortunately well served at the moment by anthologies. There are no less than three excellent collections of their songs, and one wouldn't go wrong with any of the three. SINGLES GOING STEADY was the first released, and the shortest. It collects the best of the best, and is probably the most certain to please the casual fan from beginning to end. OPERATORS MANUAL is more wide-ranging, and contains nine more songs. The best of that album are, however, contained on SINGLES GOING STEADY. For the true fan, the essential album is PRODUCT, currently available in import only, but which contains all the studio recordings the Buzzcocks ever produced. The one qualifier to all these albums is that one of the most important, if not most important, albums the Buzzcocks released was the great EP SPIRAL SCRATCH, which is not included on any of these albums because of rights issues. It is in print, however, and any Buzzcocks fan should make sure they get it.
The Buzzcocks, like a lot of the best punk bands, embraced a number of contradictions. On one level, they rejected beauty and aesthetic excellence, with Pete Shelley for a period of time buying the cheapest guitar in the history of rock (I forget the details, but if I remember correctly he bought it for a few pounds from Woolworth's), and rejected the musical mainstream. On another level, however, they crafted a number of exquisite singles with enormously catchy hooks and pop sensibility. And while many other punk bands adopted an in-your-face outrageousness, the Buzzcocks usually only managed to produce songs expressing teen angst and frustration in love. They were by no means the greatest of the punk bands, but they are probably the most accessible.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly The Best of The Buzzcocks! April 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Singles Going Steady is a great compilation. It has all the essential songs that the band recorded up to that point. Songs like What Do I Get?, Ever Fallen In Love, and Noise Annoys are classics. Why Can't I Touch It is my favorite song on the album. The Buzzcocks are a punk group that will appeal to any fan of rock music. That is what makes them a great punk band. If you listen to bands like the Clash, The Ramones, and The Sex Pistols, try Singles Going Steady. I guarantee you'll like it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, essential, rocking----what more can you ask? November 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Buzzcocks were quite possibly the most melodic of the first-wave punk bands, with a pronounced talent for witty lyrics and well-constructed, hook-laden songs. In fact, with their indelible melodies, sturdy song structures, and obsessive concern with matters of the heart, they almost make one speculate that if Buddy Holly had been born 20 years later, and gotten into the punk scene, he might have sounded something like this (minus the British accent of course). These guys rock their [butts] off on almost every track here, but the smart arrangements lend a welcome sense of dynamics (the end of "Autonomy" or the beginning of "Love You More" among many examples). Standouts for me are the jetstream catchiness of "Everybody's Happy Nowadays," the anthemic "I Don't Mind" and "Ever Fallen In Love?" and of course the deathless "Orgasm Addict"---but truthfully, only two songs are below average: "Harmony In My Head," sung by Diggle rather than Shelley, and the overlong "Why Can't I Touch It?" but even they start to grow on you. The other 14 hit you between the eyes on first listening.
It was particularly fun getting this compilation back in the days of vinyl, because the eight singles here were programmed in chronological order, but with all the A-sides on side one, and the B-sides on side two. There's a conceptual neatness to that, and the real fan could then make a tape with the songs in proper A,B,A,B...order. Nowadays I suppose you can program your CD player to do that, but it seems like a pain. Finally, the double entendre of the title is entirely indicative of the lyrical witticisms herein. Punkier-than-thou sorts who don't think punk should incorporate attractive melodies and harmonies will probably disapprove of this music, but the rest of us can wallow happily in it.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential punk collection July 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This CD captures the Buzzcocks' single releases complete with their flip sides at their very best! I remember loving this band whilst at college and tracks like PROMISES and EVER FALLEN IN LOVE capture the adrenaline rush on teen love problems(yes we've all had them!) better than sad-faced grunge bands of recent times! The Buzzcocks do it with panache, raw energy and great radio-friendly but with an edge poppy punk tunes which will always sound full to the hilt with raw power. ORGASM ADDICT is an amusing rant about . . . just listen to it, OK? HARMONY IN MY HEAD and its b-side SOMETHING'S GONE WRONG AGAIN just blast along with a sense of 'we don't need disco pop! LIPSTICK takes its main guitar riff from MAgazine's SHOT BY BOTH SIDES, and WHAT DO I GET is an adrenaline-fuelled teen punk anthem! Excellent stuff. Essential for older people like me who remember this from the time it came out and for younger listeners who are now growing out of their Slipknot(ugh!) phase.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this version and buy the import... January 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a splendid collection of songs, simply one of the greatest punk rock albums ever made. previously noted here, the mastering on this CD is pathetically tinny, as bad as I have ever heard a CD sound, and will sound like dreck on anything but the most pathetic boom box. I found it unlistenable, but fortunately the CD has been reissued in Britain with good booming sound. That import is available on Amazon, and should be purchased instead, so you can here these gems in their full five-star glory.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band Great tunes Awesome CD
Long thought of as a punk band I would rate them as punkpop with songs like what do I get and ever fallen in love great songs from that decade in music still sounds fresh today.
Published 3 months ago by donald g phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Band
This is a great album. It has all of the Buzzcocks' greatest hits. I would recommend this album to anyone who likes Iggy Pop or punk rock in general. :)
Published 3 months ago by liliana
1.0 out of 5 stars zero stars
I never got the cd even though i was charged. I would have given zero stars if thst was an option
Published 9 months ago by Dane Osis
3.0 out of 5 stars I respect 'em
But the production here is terrible, thin and tinny. "Orgasm Addict" and "Whatever Happened To?" survive intact, otherwise this does not raise my blood pressure.
Published 10 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album!
I had forgotten about all these great songs. Didn't take long for me to remember them! It's 80's music at its best!
Published 12 months ago by Debbie Paige
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Record Ever Released in the History of Mankind (one of them,...
Don't need many words to describe this, as I probably agree with everyone who gave it 5 stars. As for sonic quality of this vs. previous release... this is better. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Fels Naptha
4.0 out of 5 stars e
My brother really liked it, it was a hard to find item at a reasonable price, TY TY TY TY
Published 22 months ago by Rita Malinowski
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Bands Ever.
This is a collection of stuff you get from other albums, mostly, but they throw in a few more songs that you wouldn't get otherwise. Read more
Published 22 months ago by L. Aaron Dougherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooks + Power = Buzzcocks
The original melodic punk band and the best. This is the ideal introduction to their music, featuring most of their best-loved tunes. There's not a dud on this album. Read more
Published on April 8, 2011 by Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing's Gone Wrong With This
Now I can quibble with the song order but given you get eight more songs on this version than the original album back in 1979, I'm not complaining. Read more
Published on April 2, 2011 by Brian Maitland
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