WINTERS OF DISCONTENT: THE PEEL SESSIONS 77-83 (1991) [Various Artists]
A stunning find this, from the great isupplythecountrywithbutter
A very rare, out of print collection of great Peel tracks from more great bands than you could shake Sarah Palin at!
I mean it’s even got the wonderful cult Irish group Microdisney for fucks sake!
And it’s got one of my favourite songs of all time, The Only Ones’ sublime punk pop classic Another Girl Another Planet!
I officially am in love with this amazing album!
Absolutely and ridiculously great collection of nearly every important Post-Punk band you can think of, live at Maida Vale studios. Yep, all of these recordings were radio sessions for the late, great DJ, John Peel. To name just a few of the artists featured, how about Buzzcocks, The Skids, The Ruts, The Birthday Party, Young Marble Giants, The Redskins, Associates, The Chameleons
and many, many more. As you already know, John Peel wanted each artist to feel comfortable and to experiment. Bands tended to stretch out a bit, relax and have fun. These sessions prove this to be the case. 25 tracks, all of them Fan-Fucking-Tastic.
I ripped this from the original and very out-of-print CD at 192.
The Stranglers – Something Better Change
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Love In A Void
The Adverts – Gary Gilmore’s Eyes
The Slits – Shoplifting
Buzzcocks – Fast Cars
Rich Kids – Rich Kids
Skids – Of One Skin
Adam And The Ants – It Doesn’t Matter
The Only Ones – Another Girl Another Planet
Stiff Little Fingers – Suspect Device
The Fall – Mess Of My
The Damned – Stretcher Case
King – Anti Pope
Echo And The Bunnymen – Read It In Books
The Ruts – Sus
Young Marble Giants – Brand New Life
The Nightingales – Start From Scratch
The Birthday Party – Big Jesus Trash Can
Associates – A Matter Of Gender
The Chameleons – The Fan And The Bellows
The Very Things – Wall Of Fir
The Wild Swans – Enchanted
Microdisney – Sun
The Redskins – Kick Over The Statues
Billy Bragg – A New England
All thanks to isupplythecountrywithbutter
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Buzzcocks – BBC Sessions (1998)
Here’s a wonderful 20 digitally remastered tracks cut during various BBC sessions recorded between 1978-1997 by one of Britland’s finest and earliest punk bands.
It includes great versions of punk-pop classics such as ‘Promises’, ‘Ever Fallen In Love’, ‘I Don’t Mind’, ‘Fiction Romance’, ‘HarmonyIn My Head’ and ‘Sixteen Again’.
Formed in Manchester, England, in 1975, the Buzzcocks were one of the most influential bands to emerge in the initial wave of punk rock. With their crisp melodies, driving guitars, and guitarist Pete Shelley’s biting lyrics, the Buzzcocks were one of the best, most influential punk bands.
The Buzzcocks were inspired by the Sex Pistols’ energy, yet they didn’t copy the Pistols’ angry political stance.
Instead, they brought that intense, brilliant energy to the three-minute pop song. Shelley’s alternately funny and anguished lyrics about adolescence and love were some of the best and smartest of his era; similarly, the Buzzcocks’ melodies and hooks were concise and memorable.
Over the years, their powerful punk-pop has proven enormously influential, with echoes of their music being apparent in everyone from Hüsker Dü to Nirvana.
Before the Buzzcocks, the teenaged Pete Shelley had played guitar in various heavy metal bands. In 1975, he enrolled in the Bolton Institute of Technology. While he was at school, Shelley joined an electronic music society, which is where he met Howard Devoto, who had enrolled at Bolton’s BIT in 1972.
Both Shelley and Devoto shared an affection for the Velvet Underground, while Devoto was also fascinated by the Stooges.
While they were still in school, Shelley and Devoto began rehearsing with a drummer, covering everything from the Stooges to Brian Eno. The trio never performed live and soon fell apart. Shelley and Devoto remained friends and several months after their initial musical venture dissolved, the pair read the first live review of the Sex Pistols in NME and decided to see the band in London.
After witnessing the band twice in February 1976, the pair decided to form their own band, with the intent of replicating the Pistols’ London impact in Manchester.
This record is an exceptional collection of live BBC recordings done by the Buzzcocks documenting their entire career so far. From ‘Spiral Scratch’ to ‘Modern’, from the 70s to the 90s, it’s all represented here.
This is not a collection of one session, but rather a portrait of one of the most important and greatest punk bands. From their snotty punk roots to their later power-pop, this CD lets you hear the evolution of the band as they continue to perfect their skills and songwriting while still remaining relevant to the times.
The recording quality may not be consistent for all of the sessions, but it’s never poor. There’s even the various radio show lead-ins that graced the original broadcasts. For people who might’ve felt a little let down by the Buzzcock’s latest record ‘Modern’, the versions here of the songs from that record are much rawer and more in-line with the Buzzcock’s earlier work. They may even sway you to reevaluate your feelings about the newest record.
For true Buzzcocks fans, this is one record you can’t do without.
- By AR
1. sixteen again
2. nothing left
5. do it
7. palm of your hand
8. ever fallen in love
10. libertine angel
11. last to know
12. playing for time
13. totally from the heart
14. i don’t mind
15. turn off the screw
16. thunder of hearts
17. fiction romance
18. love battery
19. harmony in my head
20. time’s up
thanks to hangoverheartattack
One more Brilliant Buzzcocks Bootleg nicked from the rather excellent hangoverhard
Buzzcocks – Live at Roxy Club ’77 (1989)
To put it mildly, April of 1977 was not a peak moment in the Buzzcocks’ career – Howard DeVoto had just bailed out to form Magazine, Pete Shelley was taking his first stab at lead-vocal duties, Steve Diggle had newly made the change from bass to guitar, and Garth Smith was in the infancy of his brief six-month tenure as Diggle’s replacement on bass.
Clearly, the stage was set for disaster, and that disaster played itself out in full over the course of the live performance at London’s Roxy documented on this disc: Diggle’s guitar playing is atrocious, Smith’s basslines are stiff, and while there’s obviously a great deal more going wrong, the poor quality of the live recording renders it all hopelessly obscured.
Yet Live at the Roxy Club: April ’77 is a fascinating, invaluable document because it is so very bad — just six months later, keep in mind, the Buzzcocks would unleash “Orgasm Addict,” the first in the series of breathtaking singles that would cement their reputation as one of punk’s most important bands. That records like “What Do I Get?” and “Ever Fallen in Love” could come from such humble beginnings only makes them that much more remarkable, and beginnings don’t come much humbler than Live at the Roxy Club: April ’77.
1. Orgasm Addict
2. No Reply
3. Get On Your Own
4. Fast Cars
5. What Do I Get
6. Friends Of Mine
8. Time’s Up
9. Oh Shit
11. Love Battery
Here she be:
All thanks to hangoverheartattack
The Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks & The Clash, – Midnight Special At Screen On The Green
August 29, 1976
This record of the punk summit meeting was recorded live on August 29, 1976, at Screen On The Green, Islington, London.
This is a historic recording for a few reasons! First, it is the third ever Clash gig and the first known recorded. It is also the earliest known recorded performance and a rare recording of the Sex Pistols with Glen Matlock.
This was Malcolm Maclaren’s event to showcase his Pistols, along with other bands from the controversial new punk movement.
It was named The Midnight Special because the bands had to play after the evening’s films had been shown in this famous London arthouse cinema!
This gig was well documented in Marcus Gray’s Last Gang in Town and in Jon Savage’s England’s Dreaming .
As for the recording itself, this is a recent 2 CD bootleg released in early 2001 on the Punk Vault label.
It features all three bands in full from the famous Screen on the Green gig in 1976. First up are the Buzzcocks and this has a average sound. The Clash’s set is a better recording, quite enjoyable with a lot of clarity and width with just some slight over-modulation and age dampening a good sound. The Pistols’ set is even better again.
The boot CD is a big improvement in sound over the previously circulating tape/CDR which was very poor – grossly distorted and at best 2/5.
Some data below from blackmarketclash about the Clash’s show…..
Maclaren’s deal was The Clash had to build the stage themselves. Joe is quoted in England’s Dreaming, “we weren’t very good that night because we’d been up early unloading the scaffolding and building the stage”. The band were also nervous and there is no stage talk from Joe (he went to the opposite extreme at the Roundhouse 2 gigs later). It is suggested that the Buzzcocks and The Clash were beset by appalling sound problems that miraculously improved when the Pistols hit the stage. Though this is not entirely born out in this recording Glen Matlock and others have since confirmed that tampering may have taken place.
Press reviews at the time were not kind to put it mildly. Giovanni Dadomo did blame the equipment for doing the band “a grave disservice tonight, losing Joe Strummer’s hard-to-mix vocals until they became an unintelligible mumble, and generally poleaxing the band’s nuclear potential”.
Charles Shaar Murray of the NME made his famous quote “they are the kind of garage band who should be speedily returned to the garage, preferably with the motor running, which would undoubtedly be more of a loss to their friends and families than to either rock or roll”.
In subsequent interviews Joe appeared to take Murray’s comments personally and was incensed, a spat that became legendary and inspired the Clash track Garageland. Perversely only two years later CSM was describing the Clash as the greatest rock band in the world in the same paper.
02.Friends of Mine
06.Lester Sands (Drop in the Ocean)
08.You Tear Me Up
10.I Can’t Control Myself
11.I Love You You, Big Dummy
02.I Know What To Think About You
03.I Never Did It?
04.How Can I Understand The Flies?
07.Mark Me Absent
09.What’s My Name
10.Sitting At My Party
12.I’m So Bored With You
1. Anarchy In The U.K.
2. I Wanna Be Me
4. New York
5. (Don’t Gemme) No Lip
6. Stepping Stone
7. Satellite (Edit)
10. No Feelings
12. Pretty Vacant
14. Did You No Wrong
15. No Fun
Big thanks to the original poster
Buzzcocks -Beating Hearts – Live at Apollo, Manchester ’78 (2001)
The Buzzcocks were formed in 1975 by guitarist/singer Pete Shelley (real name Peter McNeish) and singer Howard Devoto (real name Howard Trafford), both students at Bolton Institute of Technology – in Bolton, just a few miles from Manchester.
They shared common interests in electronic music, the idiosyncratic work of British musician Brian Eno, and American protopunk groups like The Stooges
The boys took their group’s name from a review of Rock Follies, which ended with the quotation “get a buzz, cock”! Really!
By the end of 1976, the Buzzcocks had played a handful of gigs and helped establish Manchester as the second biggest punk rock city in England, ranking just behind London.
Beating Hearts focuses on a 1978 show at the Apollo Theater in Manchester, England.
With Pete Shelley singing lead, the Buzzcocks are as inspired and captivating in Manchester as they are in London.
1. Real World
2. I Don’t Mind
5. Fiction Romance
7. Moving Away From The Pulsebeat
8. Noise Annoys
9. Walking Distance
10. Operators Manual
11. Nothing Left
12. Sixteen Again
14. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldnt’ve)
15. Love You More
16. What Do I Get?
19. Oh Shit
Big thanks to hangoverheartattack / other poster
Some great boots here from the peerless purveyors of perfect punk-pop poetry
, the mighty Buzzcocks !!
A band whose greatness has survived being ripped off by a million useless punk pop bands such as Fall Out Boy, Green Day etc.
These little Manc rascals sure made some amazing innovative and timeless music!
A lot of it is here!
Some Buzzcock links;
Buzzcocks – Midnight Special 08.29.76
This is the famous “Midnight Special” bootleg, featuring The Buzzcocks who, along with The Clash, were here supporting The Sex Pistols at The Screen On the Green, Islington, London on 29 August 1976.
02.Friends of Mine
06.Lester Sands (Drop in the Ocean)
08.You Tear Me Up
10.I Can’t Control Myself
11.I Love You You, Big Dummy
Buzzcocks – Small Songs With Big Hearts: The Rainbow, London, 1979
Since most of their songs were short, snappy numbers, the Buzzcocks’ early material was custom-made for the stage, and the 2005 release Small Songs with Big Hearts certainly reinforces this point.
Recorded in 1979 at the Rainbow Theatre in London, this high-energy 17-track set was previously available as disc one of the 2001 double-disc release Beating Hearts/Small Songs with Big Hearts. As longtime fans know, this was the period when the Buzzcocks were at the top of their game — having just released three back-to-back classic full-lengths (1978’s Another Music in a Different Kitchen and Love Bites, plus 1979’s A Different Kind of Tension), as well as a string of extraordinary singles.
As a result, the performances on Small Songs are comparable to one long adrenaline rush, as such early favorites as “Ever Fallen in Love,” “Harmony in My Head,” and “What Do I Get?” are featured in all their sweaty glory. But from a “more bang for your buck” perspective, you’d probably be better off tracking down a copy of the aforementioned Beating Hearts/Small Songs with Big Hearts double disc, since it contains another fine show from this era (a 1978 performance at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, England).
— by Greg Prato, allmusic
1. i don’t mind
3. ever fallen in love
4. mad mad judy
6. moving away from the pulsebeat
7. nothing left
8. noise annoys
9. you say you don’t love me
10. harmony in my head
11. i don’t know what to do with my life
13. i believe
15. love you more
16. what do i get?
Here she be:
Buzzcocks – Lest We Forget: Live in America, ‘79-’80
A great semi-official bootleg culled during the boys tour of the States at the end of the seventies!
While the Buzzcocks were on tour in 1979 and 1980, Joan McNulty, the publisher of their official fan magazine Harmony in My Head (and then-girlfriend of singer Pete Shelley), taped all their shows on cassette the way Judy Garland’s husband Mickey recorded her final shows.
Decades after these recordings were made, their value is obvious. After lengthy legal haggling between 1982 and the date of release, 1988, Neil Cooper of Reach Out International records was able to issue this very worthwhile series of 19 songs culled from various live performances on the tour.
Who better to compile the music than the woman who gave attention to the group before anyone else in the U.S.A.? The cassette tapes were brought up to Blue Jay Studios in Carlisle, MA, the place where the Joe Perry Project, Aimee Mann, Phil Collins, and others worked, and the material was transferred from the master cassettes into organized form.
There are tons of Buzzcocks favorites here, energetic versions of “What Do I Get,” “Fast Cars,” “Airwaves Dream,” “Fiction Romance,” “Something’s Gone Wrong Again,” all preserved for the ages, presented with love and care by someone who knew their music as well as the band itself. Boston; Chicago; Minnesota;, New Jersey; Providence, RI; New York; and Birmingham, U.K. are all represented with songs from their respective concerts.
As the Doors release all the live tapes from their archives, and artists from Frank Zappa to the Velvet Underground and Jimi Hendrix have their concert tapes being issued to acclaim and sales, Joan McNulty’s efforts can be viewed as pioneering. Decades after it was conceived and released, Lest We Forget is as pure a document as you’ll find on the tour of a vital power pop band. The recording quality is not state of the art, but that adds to the charm.
~ Joe Viglione, All Music Guide
Pete Shelley confirms that these specific tracks were selected by Joan McNulty.
Joan McNulty notes: ‘The original cover was done by Malcolm Garrett – that was his contribution to it (not the cover with the badges on it.) It had the triangular picture of Buzzcocks on it circa 1979 & great lettering… but they [ROIR] dumped it.’
01) fiction romance Nov 25, 1980 Boston
02) breakdown 1979 Chicago
03) time’s up Nov 25, 1980 Boston
04) autonomy 1979 Minnesota
05) love battery Oct 30, 1980 Birmingham UK
06) ever fallen in love Nov 25, 1980 Boston
07) i don’t mind 1979 Chicago
08) what do you know Nov 22, 1980 New Jersey
09) i believe 1979 Chicago
10) noise annoys 1979 Minnesota
11) what do i get Nov 24, 1980 Providence RI
12) something’s gone wrong again Nov 25, 1980 Boston
13) harmony in my head Nov 22, 1980 New Jersey
14) you say you don’t love me 1979 Chicago
15) i don’t know what to do with my life 1979 Chicago
16) fast cars Nov 22, 1980 New Jersey
17) airwaves dream Nov 24, 1980 Providence RI
18) nothing left 1979 Minnesota
19) love you more Sep 01, 1979 New York
Big thanks to the original posters