Old school: The BuzzcocksSeptember 1, 2008
Finishing up our inadvertent long weekend retrospective on (read: obsession with) with British punk, the Buzzcocks are probably my favourite band from the era. Unlike many of their contemporaries like the Clash and the Sex Pistols, their lyrics focused more closely on the personal than the political, in songs like, “Ever Fallen In Love” “What Do I Get?”. Unsurprisingly, the BBC refused to play their first single, “Orgasm Addict” (it was 1977, after all). It still sold pretty well, likely bolstered by the striking Linder Sterling-designed single sleeve – vicious and funny, disturbing and feminist, it is a credible candidate for best single sleeve of all time. Appropriately enough, the song has been picked up for the new Chuck Palahniuk movie Choke, scheduled for release in September.