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5.0 out of 5 stars Barbed wire romance
Buzzcocks first hit turntables with the manic totally brilliant punk ep 'Spiral Scratch'. Almost immediately Howard Devoto, lyricist, vocalist and all round intellectual dropped the group and his fake cockney accent to sit his exams before forming the excellent Magazine.
Thus began Buzzcock's second phase chronicled admirably on this collection. Guitarist Pete...
Published on 26 Feb. 2003 by J. Skade

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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Whatever Happened To...'
Probably the most wildly overrated turn in rock history, nevertheless, 'Buzzcocks:Product' does contain a handful of great moments, unfortunately sandwiched between great slabs of mediocrity.

It was always gonna be difficult for Pete Shelley and co when 4-eyed genius Howard Devoto left, and so it proved. While Devoto went on to produce some of the most...
Published on 10 April 2009 by Paul Ess.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbed wire romance, 26 Feb. 2003
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J. Skade "joeskade" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Buzzcocks first hit turntables with the manic totally brilliant punk ep 'Spiral Scratch'. Almost immediately Howard Devoto, lyricist, vocalist and all round intellectual dropped the group and his fake cockney accent to sit his exams before forming the excellent Magazine.
Thus began Buzzcock's second phase chronicled admirably on this collection. Guitarist Pete Shelley took over vocal duties on the Shelley-Devoto composition 'Orgasm Addict' - a great masturbation record with a wonderful line about 'international women with no body hair'. After this Shelley took over the main songwriting burden (with some support from Steve Diggle). The songs remain literate and intelligent, but love songs become the order of the day. Buzzsaw guitar, hyperactive drumming,superfast pixievoiced vocal deliveries and a series of great hooklines characterise the music from hereon in.
All three studio albums are included here - the perfect 'Another Music In A Different Kitchen' which begins with the Shelley-Devoto punk of 'Fast Cars' and 'Love Battery' then develops through the thoughtful pop of 'Fiction Romance' to the experimental 'Moving Away From The Pulsebeat'. The second album is less even but still includes one of the decade's finest singles 'Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)' plus the fine punky 'Nostalgia' and 'ESP' (the musical equivalent of a Bridget Riley painting?). 'Love Is Lies' is one of Diggle's finest with an almost folky flavour.
'A Different Kind Of Tension' is also uneven - beginning with the somewhat awkward 'Paradise' and Diggle's lacklustre 'Sitting Round At Home'. The patient listener is rewarded with the beautiful 'You Say You Don't Love Me' a philosophical attempt to make sense of relationships. From the hard-hitting 'I Don't Know What To Do With My Life' to the awesome 'I Believe' Shelley creates a brutal suite of songs chronicling breakdown - it is in some ways his 'John Lennon Plastic Ono Band'. It is an intense uneasy listening experience.
The box set also includes the singles (a and b sides) originally collected on 'Singles Going Steady'. All are small classics but special mention should go to the b sides 'Noise Annoys' and 'Lipstick'. An excellent early live set and the disappointing final trilogy of singles close the set.
If punk/new wave/powerpop in any of its guises means anything to you this should be on your shelf.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buzzcock's: One hell of a 'Product', 29 Aug. 2002
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'Product' is most certainly the definitive Buzzcocks's collection. This 3CD boxed set,beautifully packaged with a detailed 92 page booklet, brings together all 3 of the Buzzcock's classic albums 'Another Music', 'Love Bites', and 'A Different Tension'; together with the singles collection 'Singles Going Steady' and a live album. Superb value at the price, this is a must for anyone from the most ardent of fans to those just discovering the punk era. All the hits are here, 'What Do I Get', 'Orgasm Addict', 'I Don't Mind' and 'Ever Fallen in Love', with raw, lesser known material alongside. I would strongly recommned this album to anyone. A must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buzzcocks Product., 20 Sept. 2013
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First 3 albums, Going Steady and an Live disc. What's not to like. Great set of the Buzzcocks glory years output.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Product, 17 April 2014
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Combsy (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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A superb compilation of the music of one of the greatest bands ever. Why the Amazon product description by the completely unknown Andre Mullerrrr states that Pete Shelley has tarnished the bands legacy since this music was recorded is inexplicable. You can't tarnish this legacy. It shines out. I saw them in Warrington last week and it was great. It wasn't the same as back then but so what? What is the same nowadays? This music wasn't recorded hurriedly or badly played as he says. The brilliant Martin Rushent worked with the band and the playing is excellent.
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0 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Whatever Happened To...', 10 April 2009
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Probably the most wildly overrated turn in rock history, nevertheless, 'Buzzcocks:Product' does contain a handful of great moments, unfortunately sandwiched between great slabs of mediocrity.

It was always gonna be difficult for Pete Shelley and co when 4-eyed genius Howard Devoto left, and so it proved. While Devoto went on to produce some of the most outstanding art of the late 20th Century, Shelley trapped himself in stifling power-pop, having neither the profundity or creative sense to escape it.

'Product' has some brilliant work: 'ESP;' 'Hollow Inside;' 'Sixteen Again;' 'Get On Our Own' and maybe 'Are Everything,' but these superb song's impact is tempered by some of the most annoyingly mono-directional and simplistic twaddle it's possible to hear on disc.

Co-writer/guitarist Steve Diggle's attempts carry the most guilt, particularly 'You Know You Can't Help It' which has the worst lyric to a song EVER (I won't even type an example, they're that bad), and 'Mad Mad Judy,' - a melody-less thrash which even a desperate punk turn such as The Dickies would've baulked at.

The glories of 'Product' are drowned out by the sheer weight of middling standards - most of which are passable but certainly won't blow your socks off - and the handful of shockers (all of Diggle's efforts are here) undeserving of the energy wasted to 'produce' them.
I suppose, for the propitiatory of your good self, blessed reader: the 7 or 8 live tracks are as abominable as you'd expect.

A sad case of what might have been ('ESP,' for example, is an astonishingly good song), but such is the nature of rock. An idiot could work out that greedy old Devoto obviously took all the kinetic genius away with him.
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