Buzzcocks - Love Bites (Music CD)

Release Date: 28 January 2013
Artist: Buzzcocks
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More musically accomplished, more obsessively self-questioning, and with equally energetic yet sometimes gloomy performances, Love Bites finds the Buzzcocks coming into their own. With Devoto and his influence now fully worked out of the band's system, Shelley is the clearly predominant voice, with the exception of Diggle's first lead vocal on an album track, the semi-acoustic, perversely sprightly "Love is Lies." Though the song received even further acclaim on Singles Going Steady, "Ever Fallen in Love," for many the band's signature song, appears here. With its note-perfect blend of romance gone wrong, a weirdly catchy, treated lead guitar line, and Shelley's wounded singing deserves its instant classic status, but it's only one of many highlights. The opening "Real World" is one of the band's strongest: a chunky, forceful yet crisp band performance leads into a strong Shelley lyric about unrequited love and life. "Nostalgia"'s strikingly mature, inventive lyrics about where one's life can lead, and the sometimes charging, sometimes quietly tense, heartbroken "Nothing Left" are two other standouts. The group's well-seasoned abilities, the members' increasing reach and Martin Rushent's excellent production make Love Bites shine. The Garvey/Maher rhythm section is especially fine; Maher's fills and similar small but significant touches take the music to an even higher level. His undisputed highlight is the terribly underrated concluding instrumental "Late for the Train." Originally done for a John Peel radio session and rerecorded with even more a dramatic sweep here, it gives the group's motorik/Krautrock new power. Not far behind it is "E.S.P.," a strong rock burn that only fades out at the end very slowly and subtly. ~ Ned Raggett
Release Date: 28 January 2013
Artist: Buzzcocks
  • Disk 1
  • 1. Real World
  • 2. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)?
  • 3. Operators Manual
  • 4. Nostalgia
  • 5. Just Lust
  • 6. Sixteen Again
  • 7. Walking Distance
  • 8. Love Is Lies
  • 9. Nothing Left
  • 10. E.S.P.
  • 11. Late For the Train
  • 12. Love You More
  • 13. Noise Annoys
  • 14. Promises
  • 15. Lipstick
  • 16. Noise Annoys (John Peel Show 10th Apr 1978)
  • 17. Walking Distance (John Peel Show 10th Apr 1978)
  • 18. Late For the Train (John Peel Show 10th Apr 1978)
  • 19. Promises (John Peel Show 18th Oct 1978)
  • 20. Lipstick (John Peel Show 18th Oct 1978)
  • 21. Sixteen Again (John Peel Show 18th Oct 1978)
  • 22. E.S.P (John Peel Show 21st May 1979)
  • Disk 2
  • 1. Love Is Life (Lies) (Demo)
  • 2. Just Lust (Demo)
  • 3. Operators Manual (Demo)
  • 4. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) (Demo)
  • 5. Nothing Left (Demo)
  • 6. Sixteen Again (Demo)
  • 7. Raison D'etre (Demo)
  • 8. Real World
  • 9. Nostalgia (Demo)
  • 10. E.S.P. (Demo)
  • 11. Lipstick (Demo)
  • 12. Children (Promises) (Demo)
  • 13. Mother of Turds (Demo)
  • 14. Breakdown (Live At The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester)
  • 15. What Do I Get (Live At The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester)
  • 16. I Don't Mind (Live At The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester)
  • 17. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't 've) (Live At The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester)
  • 18. Noise Annoys (Live At The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester)
  • 19. Nothing Left (Live At The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester)
  • 20. Get On Our Own (Live At The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester)
  • 21. Love You More (Live At The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester)
  • 22. Fiction Romance (Live At The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester)
  • 23. Autonomy (Live At The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester)

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