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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Liberty
  • ASIN: B000026GAX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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1. Orgasm Addict
2. What Do I Get?
3. I Don't Mind
4. Love You More
5. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't 'V
6. Promises
7. Everybody's Happy Nowadays
8. Harmony In My Head
9. Whatever Happened To?
10. Oh Shit
11. Autonomy
12. Noise Annoys
13. Just Lust
14. Lipstick
15. Why Can't I Touch It?
16. Something's Gone Wrong Again

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By michael_m on 24 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Long before the Stone Roses were the darlings of the Manchester indie scene, the Buzzcocks were writing and playing some of the best music in the country. In the late 70's they wrote some of the best love songs ever to be played under the banner of 'punk', and they make the so-called 'punk' bands of the 21st century look like the third-rate metal bands with guitarists that can't solo that they are.
I was tempted to take a star away for the inclusion of a few later tracks that aren't as good quality as the others (i.e. 'Why She's A Girl From The Chainstore' et al.) that weren't on the original release of the CD. However, I can easily forgive that due to the fantastic songs that make up the rest of the album.
From the teen anthem 'Ever Fallen In Love', through the heartache of 'Promises', to the naive optimism of 'Everybody's Happy Nowadays' and the harsher Steve Diggle vocal on 'Harmony In My Head' you simply cannot help but love these songs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By XBBX on 6 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
In the best traditions of Punk Rock I was going to keep this review short and straight to the point;

"This album is Punk-Pop perfection. Five stars out of five stars."

Then I realised there is one - very important - extra thing worth mentioning.

The track selection on this 1990 CD issue (CDP 7464492) remains faithful to the original LP release. It features 16 tracks which compliment each other perfectly, giving the album a very natural flow to the extent that it sounds more like a "proper" album than a compilation.

But. When this title was remastered a few years ago they threw in a whole pile of extra tracks from the tail-end of the band's career, tracks which are VERY different in sound and style to the original 16. This had the effect of completely destroying the original - and almost perfect - flow of the album.

So unlike this 1990 edition the more recent remaster sounds like a compilation, not a "proper" album. You may want to bear that in mind if trying to decide which version to buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "myremix2001" on 13 Feb. 2004
Format: Vinyl
Beautifully packaged in Men with Bears 180 gr. vinyl, this record shows different sides of this seminal band. A pop face that is filtered by a punk structure, psichedelic influences, a true passion for songwriting. But above all, we hear from those grooves a real and complete lively performing group. This record tells us stories from another era, when recording songs was an immediate and true act. That's why I love listenning to punk records like this: sincere, hard, direct, full of ideas, very distant from today's mass pop levelled plastic productions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Bailey on 18 Nov. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Originally conceived for the American market to tie in with the band's first major tour there, this chronologically arranged 1981 hits collection gives a better representation of the group than the three albums that these relatively neatly dressed punk rockers made in the first part of their career: Another Music In A Different Kitchen; Love Bites, and A Different Kind Of Tension. It features their 7 UK Top 40 singles - including their biggest hit, the trickily titled 'Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)?' - alongside their equally impressive B-sides, and reminds this listener of their underappreciated ability to marry a lyric on the cruel vicissitudes of love with a killer guitar riff.

But this 2001 release somewhat spoils the breath-taking, machine gun pace of the original by adding eight bonus tracks, which were the A-sides and B-sides of the four singles they released in 1980, between Singles Going Steady's original release and the group's break-up. On these efforts the Buzzcocks sound - as Mark Paytress puts in his commendably honest, if sometimes cliched, liner note - as if "they'd given up the fight to be heard above the din of their contemporaries."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Mcshane on 9 Jan. 2009
Format: Audio CD
You can take Kink Kronikles, Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy, The London Years and all your other classic compilations and throw them in the rubbish for all they matter. Singles Going Steady collects 8 of the Buzzcocks' A-sides along with their corresponding B-sides and perfectly encaptures the brilliant melodicism and hook writing of messrs Shelley and Diggle -- predominantly the former although we must not overlook Steve's moments of greatness -- the '70's greatest pop writers and worthy precursors to Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding, who wouldn't quite get their stuff together until '79.

Classics abound here, but for me the highlights are "Orgasm Addict," "What Do I Get?," "I Don't Mind," "Promises," "Everybody's Happy Nowaday's," "Harmony In My Head," "Lipsti"....no, I can't do it. It's all too perfect. And whilst the bonus tracks aren't quite as uniformally superb as the originals, I wouldn't dump them for the world.

Big thanks to EMI for reissuing (remastering? I've not heard them yet) the band's first three classic albums, but none of them will ever compare to this. Very few albums do.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hillary on 25 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Every serious music fan needs to have a copy of this album. Buzzcocks were so influential on the punk scene, but have also extended their influence to the modern day, with many new groups citing them as an influence. Their quirky and short melodic-punk classics from the early days are all captured on this single collection. It's also worth catching up with their new releases as their recent writing has been as good as, if not even better, than the early days!
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