Orgasm Addict

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"Orgasm Addict"
Single by Buzzcocks
B-side "Whatever Happened To...?"
Released 4 November 1977 (UK)[1]
Recorded September 1977
T.W. Studios,
Fulham, London
Genre Punk rock
Length 1:58
Label United Artists
Writer(s) Pete Shelley, Howard Devoto
Producer(s) Martin Rushent
Buzzcocks singles chronology
"Time's Up EP"
"Orgasm Addict"
"What Do I Get"

"Orgasm Addict'" is a single by punk rock band Buzzcocks and its B-side is "Whatever Happened To...?" The song later appeared on the album Singles Going Steady and also on CD reissues of Another Music in a Different Kitchen.

The 7" French vinyl release contains different takes of the same two tracks.

This was the only single featuring bassist Garth Smith,[2] who joined in early 1977 to replace Steve Diggle, who switched to guitar. Shortly after its release, he was expelled due to his alcoholism.[3]

Due to its sexual content, the song was controversial. It was banned by the BBC, and the United Artists' record plant refused to press it, even though this was the band's debut single for the label. Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks said that the song 'is embarrassing. It's the only one I listen to and... shudder'.[4]

The song also appeared in the film Choke, by Clark Gregg.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Orgasm Addict" (Howard Devoto/Pete Shelley) [1:58]
  2. "Whatever Happened To...?" (Pete Shelley/Dial) [2:07]

(Dial is the alias of Buzzcocks' ex-manager Richard Boon)


The sleeve collage of the iron-headed woman was created by Linder Sterling who explained; "Well, the iron came from an Argos catalogue and the female torso came from a photographic magazine called Photo. I never cleared the copyright but no one noticed, so it was alright." The image was originally in colour, but Buzzcocks' sleeve designer Malcolm Garrett thought it would be best to change it to a blue monotone as the record company specified the sleeve could be printed in only two colours.

Sterling later added; "It was made in a Salford bedroom, I had a sheet of glass, a scalpel and piles of women's mags."


  1. ^ "Buzzcocks - Orgasm Addict / Whatever Happened To? - United Artists - UK - UP 36316". 45cat. 4 November 1977. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
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  4. ^ a b Dimery, Robert (2010). 1001 songs you must hear before you die. United Kingdom: Cassell Illustrated. p. 384. ISBN 978-1-84403-736-0. 

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