BUZZCOCKS SINGLES 77-80 (Part 11)

 

Moving forward to 1980 and what proved to be the beginning of the very end of things first time around for Buzzcocks.

They were no longer press darlings and the events of late 1979 when they had been blown out of the water on tour by their support band caused something of a crisis.

It would also seem, looking back, that they had fallen out of favour at United Artists and with no guarantees of hit singles the money spent on promoting and releasing the material was cut back.  Thus, the rather lacklustre sleeves as compared to the previous singles on the label.

It was also clear that the band were now being seen as a singles-only outfit which is why the first new recording from 1980 has ‘Part 1’ on the sleeve. Just how many ‘parts’ there would be in over the following months none of us knew.

mp3 : Buzzcocks – Are Everything
mp3 : Buzzcocks – Why She’s A Girl From The Chainstore

With the benefit of hindsight, Are Everything is not the worst thing you’ll ever hear in your life but on release it felt awfully flat and devoid of imagination in comparison to what had come before.  And the gimmick of it seemingly fading out and then suddenly bursting back into life again some 45 seconds from the end must have it made a difficult sell to radio producers.  And yet it sold enough copies to spend three weeks in the UK singles charts in September 1980, peaking at #61 which was more than You Say You Don’t Love Me had ever managed.

The b-side is a Steve Diggle number that seems to have its roots in the rough’n’ ready stuff of new wave bands hoping to be discovered on the back of a catchy shout-out-loud chorus without much else to back it up.

The end truly was nigh.

 

4 thoughts on “BUZZCOCKS SINGLES 77-80 (Part 11)

  1. ‘Are Everything’ (along with ‘You Say You Don’t Love Me’ and ‘What Do I Get’) is in my top three Buzzcocks singles. I’m certain that won’t be the case for everyone, but it’s been a favourite since the first time I heard it.

  2. There is a great version of this interesting Buzzcocks song covered by Heaven 17 on the b-side of their ‘I’m Your Money’ single in 1981.

  3. Discogs says IRS released Parts 1-3 as 7″ singles in the US concurrently with the UK releases, but I don’t remember that. (Most of the singles available from British bands were imports, and they were very expensive.) Like most of my friends, I first heard the 6 songs on an IRS compilation released in 1981, by which time the band had pretty much called it a day. Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’ was making a bigger splash in the clubs than anything Buzzcocks had done. I really like all the songs on the Parts 1-3 comp but it was bittersweet, knowing that the group weren’t around anymore.

  4. I’m with Jonny here, I swear, but it would take me ages to find, that I have a US 12″ with all three “Parts” on red vinyl from I.R.S.

    Are Everything really caught my ear when it came out. It seemed somehow forward thinking. The production has a certain muscle that was less amphetamine/Punk and more Motorik. You have to think the sound emerging from Manchester was on the band’s radar and the switch betweent Martins – Rushent to Hannett contributed to the direction of their sound. But at the same time that I felt they found some new muscular direction, their was an air of finality, of a closing chapter. Oh and that final burst at the end is genius to me.

    Why She’s A Girl From The Chainstore just feels like The Jam, start to finish.

    I’m with Arthur as well, I love Heaven 17’s version of Are Everything. It gives Martin Rushent a run for his money on what would come from Homosapien in a year’s time.

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