Label: Merge Records
Genre: Rock
Online: Artist Website


If impact and influence are true measures of a band's lasting greatness, Manchester's legendary Buzzcocks should already be in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Three bands from the now mythical 1976/77 British punk explosion set the musical benchmark for everything that was to follow - the Sex Pistols, the Clash and Buzzcocks. Practically inventing the independent record scene with their seminal self-released EP, Spiral Scratch, Buzzcocks instantly forged a unique relationship with their fans. The band went on to break away from the Pistol's anarchy and the Clash's overt politicism, signing to United Artists (on the day Elvis died) and producing a string of hit singles that melded high-octane guitar, bass and drum power with heartrending personal statements of love won and lost and dismay with the modern world.

Buzzcocks are a band with a past, present, and future. Theirs is a legacy that the group's members could never have imagined back in the hot punk rock summer of '76. Pete Shelley reminisces: "Looking back on it now, what's going on is like echoes of the Big Bang. You look around you in society and the culture; so many things would not have been the same if there never was punk rock. It's strange; it's like a science fiction novel. But to us at the time, it just sprung naturally." Here they are 25 years later, still going strong; still doing it arguably better than anyone. Sometimes the archetype is clearly the best.