"Punk gave me the strength to think, "Yeah, you can stand up and be counted, and do what you want in life, and not be hoodwinked by it all," in a simple, very general sweeping way" - Steve Diggle
** The bonus edition has the wonderful non-album singles Orgasm Addict and What Do I Get?, its excellent 'b' side, Oh Shit and a great BBC Session Pulsebeat from the John Peel Show.
For me, the two previous Buzzcocks album, Another Music In A Different Kitchen and Love Bites are much better than this one, which is slightly formulaic and repetitive in places, particularly the old "side one", which contained the punkier material. It already sounded somewhat old hat, even by late 1979, unfortunately. For some people, this is their best album, but personally it lacks something in comparison to the others. It sounds a bit tired, to be honest, despite the lively nature of the material. If you think about it, The Buzzcocks had just a couple of great years - 1978 and 1979 - two good albums, and this ok one. Their legacy has been far greater than the sum of their parts, however. Forty years later, they are still remembered with respect for their contribution and subsequent influence.
** There were no singles on the album - the two that were released around the same time were Everybody's Happy Nowadays and Harmony In My Head, both of which would have improved the album by their presence. The 'b' side Why Can't I Touch It? is a great track, and a real shame that it was not on the album.
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