Howard Devoto might have left the band after the release of the Spiral Scratch EP, but the band decided that one of the songs he had co-written with Pete Shelley should be the debut single now that they had signed with United Artists, one of the first punk groups to end up at a major label.
The choice of said single was designed to court controversy, as was all the rage in November 1977:-
mp3 : Buzzcocks – Orgasm Addict
Not surprisingly, it was banned from radio stations up and down the country and so very few people got to hear it and even fewer bought it. That so few copies were purchased before UA deleted it means you need to pay £10-£15 nowadays for a copy that’s in decent condition.
Incidentally, Pete Shelley now considers the song to be embarrassing. I’m sure that Howie D also doesn’t consider it to be his finest moment, funny as it probably seemed at the time.
Here’s your bass-heavy and rough b-side in which Pete struggles occasionally to hit his high notes:-
mp3 : Buzzcocks – Whatever Happened To….?