Old school: The Buzzcocks

September 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.

More Buzzcocks: website myspace

MP3: Buzzcocks – Orgasm Addict


  1. […] I had a spare eight hundred dollars lying around, I’d probably happily spring for a copy of Linder Sterling’s Orgasm Addict […]

  2. […] of this changes the fact that they sound really cool, like the Buzzcocks, only with keyboards. And it begs the question – why aren’t there more synth-punk bands? But […]

  3. […] Whoa, I’m so stoked about this. Tomorrow (February 11), the Buzzcocks are doing a show in Amsterdam. UK site Fab Channel will be streaming it live on the web, starting at 11:30 am PST and 2:30 pm EST – nothing like a punk show while you’re at your desk working. If you’re not sure if you should bother to put on your headphones and watch (hint: you should), you can check out their website, Myspace page, Wikipedia entry, or this previous z=z post. […]

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