by Rob Jones

Many bastions of the 1970’s punk rebellion fired out vehement messages of social unrest. However, Buzzcocks were more prone to personal issues surrounding both lust and love. On the back of this heartfelt harmonious humility Buzzcocks created a series of soaring singles that made the pop charts a far better place. The Mancunian melody makers used revved up rhythms and wed them to an infectious lyrical hook to create the perfect power pop product.

The Buzzcocks brilliance is perfectly displayed on the 1978/9 albums that are Another music in a different Kitchen, Love Bites and A different kind of Tension. This trio of triumphs are repackaged in a double CD format with the additional attractions of: Rare tracks, radio sessions, associated singles, demos, backing tracks, live gigs and more! Any aspiring alternative rock apprentice should be made to study this collection and find out how to write a splendid, short, sharp song!


The first three Buzzcocks albums will ensure that Everybody’s happy Nowadays; and, these highlights and other career highs will be on display at the Tramshed, Cardiff on Saturday, Febraury 13, 2016 from 7.30pm. Tickets are £18 (plus fees) via or email: or call 029 2023 5555.