24/1/1978 – Workers at the United Artists pressing plant refuse to press copies of the forthcoming Buzzcocks release ‘What Do I Get?’ because of the B-Side ‘Oh Shit!’. This comes weeks after they went on strike in protest at having to press the band’s first single ‘Orgasm Addict’.
Strangely there appears to have been no protest at all from the same workers having to press Hawkwind’s space-rock shit-pageant The Warrier on the Edge of Time.
Buzzcocks released two albums in 1978 (Another Music in a Different Kitchen and Love Bites) then another in 1979 (A Different Kind of Tension) and then that was it. They did reform and release other stuff in the 90s but by then they had stopped being good. Steve Diggle (guitar, singer) said in 2009 that drink, drugs, girls all took their toll and the Buzzcocks returned from America to find that punk was on the way out and ‘suddenly there was all that New Romantic stuff, you know?’ Consequently the band did more or less sod all for the 80s.
Short-lived but awesome. Have a listen to some good old Northern punk pop. Our Buzzcocks mixtape is… here