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Singles Going Steady

Singles Going Steady

July 14, 1992
4.6 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 14, 1992
  • Release Date: July 18, 1992
  • Label: Parlophone UK
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  • Total Length: 47:59
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  • ASIN: B000SZBM5Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,839 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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This is a splendid collection of songs, simply one of the greatest punk rock albums ever made. BUT...as 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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