Thursday, March 17, 2011


Buzzcocks- Love Bites (1978) Special Edition (Bonus Disc) MP3 & FLAC


"Operator's manual tells me what to find, and how to make adjustments when you tamper with my mind."

Buzzcocks are a powerful reminder that the British Punk movement of the late-seventies was so much more than the three chord thrash template copped from The Ramones and used to great effect by The Sex Pistols. The Buzzcocks' debut, Another Music in a Different Kitchen, while a Punk album through and through, stood apart from the sound of other Punk bands of the period by integrating a strong Kraut-Rock influence. With their second album, Buzzcocks, who by this point had lost their lead singer Howard Devoto, began to push into new musical territory, and while still a Punk album in many ways, Love Bites is also a first rate pop album with a very pop-oriented obsession: love gone bad (which is probably why it bites). "Ever Fallen in Love" is perhaps the most well-known song on the album, and the distinction is well-deserved, as it's quirky melodic quality and emotionally perfect vocals by Pete Shelley ensure that this song will never age a day. Another track that deserves special mention is the instrumental, "Late for the Train," which stands as a Punk vis-a-vis Kraut-Rock tour-de-force. Love Bites is a sprawling, emotionally direct album that is just as good if not better than anything recorded by The Buzzcock's contemporaries in the Punk movement, and as such, is not to be missed.

Love Bites (2008 Special Edition Remaster)
 1. Real World  (3:34)
 2. Ever Fallen in Love  (2:43)
 3. Operator's Manual  (3:35)
 4. Nostalgia  (2:56)
 5. Just Lust  (3:02)
 6. Sixteen Again  (3:18)
 7. Walking Distance  (2:03)
 8. Love Is Lies  (3:13)
 9. Nothing Left  (4:29)
10. E.S.P.  (4:47)
11. Late for the Train  (5:37)
12. Love You More (Single)  (1:50)
13. Noise Annoys (Single)  (2:52)
14. Promises (Single)  (2:36)
15. Lipstick (Single)  (2:40)
16. Noise Annoys (John Peel Show, Maida Vale 4, April 10, 1978)  (2:55)
17. Walking Distance (John Peel Show, Maida Vale 4, April 10, 1978)  (2:08)
18. Late for the Train (John Peel Show, Maida Vale 4, April 10, 1978)  (5:13)
19. Promises (John Peel Show, Maida Vale 4, Oct. 18, 1978)  (2:31)
20. Lipstick  (John Peel Show, Maida Vale 4, Oct. 18, 1978)  (2:41)
21. Sixteen Again (John Peel Show, Maida Vale 4, Oct. 18, 1978)  (3:17)
22. E.S.P. (John Peel Session, Maida Vale 4, May 28, 1979)  (3:39)



Bonus Disc
 1. Love Is Lies (Demo)  (3:26)
 2. Just Lust (Demo)  (3:03)
 3. Operator's Manual (Demo)  (3:59)
 4. Ever Fallen in Love (Demo)  (2:54)
 5. Nothing Left (Demo)  (4:08)
 6. Sixteen Again (Demo)  (3:26)
 7. Raison D'Etre (Demo)  (3:11)
 8. Real World (Demo)  (3:32)
 9. Nostalgia (Demo)  (3:05)
10. E.S.P. (Demo)  (4:48)
11. Lipstick (Demo)  (2:45)
12. Children (Promises) (Demo)  (2:15)
13. Mother of Turds (Demo)  (3:21)
14. Breakdown (Live at Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, July 21, 1978)  (2:59)
15. What Do I Get? (Live at Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, July 21, 1978)  (3:13)
16. I Don't Mind (Live at Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, July 21, 1978)  (2:19)
17. Ever Fallen in Love (Live at Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, July 21, 1978)  (2:49)
18. Noise Annoys (Live at Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, July 21, 1978)  (2:57)
19. Nothing Left (Live at Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, July 21, 1978)  (4:01)
20. Get on Your Own (Live at Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, July 21, 1978)  (2:31)
21. Love You More (Live at Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, July 21, 1978)  (2:07)
22. Fiction Romance (Live at Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, July 21, 1978)  (4:41)
23. Autonomy (Live at Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, July 21, 1978)  (3:47)



16 comments:

  1. Thanks for the post. Gotta love the cocks!

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  2. Da good stuff. Not sure if the Stranglers were from the U.K. but them the Damned and the Buzzcocks sometimes get overlooked in that U.K. punk 77 line up. Thanksy.

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  3. Hi Ralph, I agree; they are one of my favorites from that time period.

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  4. JoJo, The Stranglers and The Damned are definitely posts on the near horizon

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  5. Notorious and important band so thank you for this post. It sounds soooooo much better in flac.

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  6. scurfie, these Buzzcocks special editions are nice. I love the live tracks on this one. I'll post the others somewhere down the line

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  7. Woah thanks for this one, the first 3 'Cocks LPs took no prisoners!! A huge influence on the New Zealand punk scene in the seventies. Can't wait to hear the bonus tracks. Cheers Again.

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  8. Harold, the bonus tracks are great, especially the Lesser Free Trade Hall show

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  9. Great cd thanks! You don't have the expanded "A Different Kind Of Tension" do u? hint hint thx again...

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  10. I have both of the other albums in special editions and will try to get them up at some point. So much to post and so little time. I wish I could draw a salary for doing this, then pesky things like a career wouldn't steal away my music blogging time. I guess I can dream...

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  11. Hey thanks for the upload, I've heard of the Buzzcocks before but I never bothered to listen to them until now. This is good stuff!

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  12. Gerbil, yes, I love the Buzzcocks. Great Punk-Pop. I'll post some more deluxe editions down the road

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  13. Just listened to this. Loud (as with most remasters it seems), but the definition is great. I've been wondering about these special editions... Satisfied. So, thanks. Oh, and add me to the list for the other two SEs.

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  14. Piltdownlad, I have them and will post another in the not-too-far-distant-future :)

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  15. francois! francois!June 1, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    wonderful! thank you! if you have the chance to see them live definitely do so. I caught them last summer and steve diggle is worth the price of admission alone.

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  16. francois! francois!, you're welcome!

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