Operators Manual CD (1991)

Artist: Buzzcocks

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Label Emd/i.r.s.
SKU 60007942
UPC 022071313520
UPC 14 00022071313520
Format CD
Release Date 11/12/1991
Author Buzzcocks
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Technical Info
CatalogID 13135
Lable Name I.R.S. Records (U.S.)
Released 11/05/1991
Original Release 1991
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 77m : 27s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00022071313520
Album Notes and Credits
Buzzcocks: Steve Diggle, Steve Garvey, Pete Shelley, John Maher.
Producers: Martin Rushent, Martin Hannett.
Includes liner notes by Jon Savage.
Liner Note Author: Jon Savage .
Photographer: Chris Gabrin.
Unknown Contributor Roles: John Maher; Pete Shelley; Steve Diggle; Steve Garvey.
Of all the first-generation British punk bands, the Buzzcocks were the poppiest. Whether by accident or design, they figured out a way to sing juicy pop hooks while playing super-fast, white-noise guitar lines. And not only weren't they afraid to sing love songs, they specialized in them. As such, they had a profound influence on every so-called punk-pop band that followed, from Husker Du and Sugar--both fronted by Bob Mould, a member of the official Buzzcocks fan club--to Nirvana and Green Day.
They also had a career that blazed as brightly and quickly as any punk song, recording virtually all their great works during a two-year span in the late '70s. OPERATORS MANUAL catches just about all of it, with eleven of the sixteen tracks from their one essential album, SINGLES GOING STEADY (which was itself a compilation of the Buzzcocks' early singles), a few from the distended follow-up, A DIFFERENT KIND OF TENSION (including the philosophic epic "I Believe," which manages to hold up through all of its uncharacteristic seven minutes), and assorted extra tracks from before and after.
"Everybody's Happy Nowadays," the bitingly funny, Who-ish "Orgasm Addict," and "Ever Fallen In Love?," which adds a meaty guitar hook to the wall of noise, remain some of the catchiest punk songs ever written. "And I hate modern music/Disco, boogie, pop," singer Pete Shelley whined on "Sixteen," one of the earliest tracks included; but it now comes across as pure punk posturing. In true punk style, the Buzzcocks then went about giddily refuting their own words.
Artist Overview
They never achieved the status of punk peers the Sex Pistols and the Clash, but the Buzzcocks are one of the most influential rock bands of the latter 20th century. With a blazing guitar attack, bratty singing, and riff-happy songs built around a few simple chords, the Buzzcocks could almost be called England's answer to the Ramones. Crucially, they added wry, scathing wit and undeniable pop sensibilities. They created some of the greatest singles in rock, and generations of groups have subsequently borrowed or stolen from them.
Professional Reviews
Spin (1/92, p.71) - "...The highlights come tumbling over each other....[A] mixture of vulnerability and violence rendered the band unique..."
Q (12/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Hugely impressive..."
Disc 1
1 Orgasm Addict
2 What Do I Get?
3 I Don't Mind
4 Autonomy
5 Fast Cars
6 Get On Our Own
7 Sixteen
8 Fiction Romance
9 Love You More
10 Noise Annoys
11 Ever Fallen In Love?
12 Operators Manual
13 Nostalgia
14 Walking Distance
15 Nothing Left
16 ESP
17 Promises
18 Lipstick
19 Everybody's Happy Nowadays
20 Harmony In My Head
21 You Say You Don't Love Me
22 I Don't Know What To Do With My Life
23 I Believe
24 Are Everything
25 Radio Nine
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