Tuesday, May 9

Singles Going Steady - Buzzcocks (1979)

"If Never Mind the Bollocks and London Calling are held up as punk masterpieces, then there's no question that Singles Going Steady belongs alongside them. In fact, the slew of astonishing seven-inches collected on Steady and their influence on future musicians - punk or otherwise -- sometimes even betters more famous efforts. The title and artwork alone (the latter itself partially inspired by the Beatles' Let it Be) have been parodied or referred to by Halo of Flies and Don Caballero, which titled its own singles comp Singles Breaking Up. As for the music, anybody who ever combined full-blast rock, catchy melodies and romantic and social anxieties owes something to what the classic quartet did here. The deservedly well-known masterpiece 'Ever Fallen in Love' appears along with 'Love Bites', 'Just Lust,' but the remaining tracks originally appeared only as individual A and B-sides, making this collection all the more essential. ..."
W - Singles Going Steady
BBC: Singles Going Steady Review
Genius (Video)
YouTube: Singles Going Steady (Full Album) 1:15:38