Singles Going Steady

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Singles Going Steady
Compilation album by Buzzcocks
Released 25 September 1979 (US)
16 November 1981 (UK)
Recorded November 1977 – July 1979
Genre Punk rock
Length 47:49
Label I.R.S. (US)
United Artists (UK)
Producer Martin Rushent
Buzzcocks chronology
Love Bites
Singles Going Steady
A Different Kind of Tension
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A–[2]
Q 4/5 stars[citation needed]

Singles Going Steady is a compilation album by English punk band Buzzcocks, first released on I.R.S. Records in the US on 25 September 1979.[3] It was the first Buzzcocks album to be released in North America and intended as an introduction to the band for the American public, coinciding with a US tour. After healthy sales on import in the UK over the next two years, and following the group's split in early 1981, the album was belatedly released in the band's home country on United Artists Records on 16 November 1981[4] as a 'greatest hits' album. However, as in the US, the album failed to chart.

Side one of the original release of the album featured their eight UK single releases from 1977 to 1979 in chronological order, while side two featured their corresponding B-sides, also in chronological order. The album was reissued in expanded form on compact disc in 2001 with an extra eight tracks, featuring the A-sides and B-sides of Buzzcocks' four singles released in 1980, between Singles Going Steady's original release and the group's break-up.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Originally from Length
1. "Orgasm Addict"   Howard Devoto, Pete Shelley Non-album single 2:00
2. "What Do I Get?"   Shelley Non-album single 2:52
3. "I Don't Mind"   Shelley Another Music in a Different Kitchen 2:16
4. "Love You More"   Shelley Non-album single 1:47
5. "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)"   Shelley Love Bites 2:39
6. "Promises"   Steve Diggle, Shelley Non-album single 2:34
7. "Everybody's Happy Nowadays"   Shelley Non-album single 3:09
8. "Harmony in My Head"   Diggle Non-album single 3:06
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Originally from Length
1. "What Ever Happened To?"   Alan Dial, Shelley "Orgasm Addict" single 2:12
2. "Oh Shit!"   Shelley "What Do I Get?" single 1:34
3. "Autonomy"   Diggle Another Music in a Different Kitchen 3:41
4. "Noise Annoys"   Shelley "Love You More" single 2:49
5. "Just Lust"   Dial, Shelley Love Bites 2:58
6. "Lipstick"   Diggle, Shelley "Promises" single 2:36
7. "Why Can't I Touch It?"   Diggle, Steve Garvey, John Maher, Shelley "Everybody's Happy Nowadays" single 6:32
8. "Something's Gone Wrong Again"   Shelley "Harmony in My Head" single 4:29


In 2003, the album was ranked at number 358 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[5]

Pitchfork listed Singles Going Steady as 16th best album of the 1970s.[6]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 25 September 1979 I.R.S LP SP 001
United Kingdom 16 November 1981 United Artists UAK 30279
United States 1988 I.R.S. CD CD 001
Europe 20 August 2001 EMI expanded CD 7243 5 34442 2 8

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Singles Going Steady - Buzzcocks : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Buzzcocks". Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  3. ^ McGartland, Tony (1995). Buzzcocks: The Complete History. Independent Music Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-1-8977-8305-4. 
  4. ^ "Datelines". Melody Maker (London, England: IPC Media): 32. 14 November 1981. 
  5. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Buzzcocks, 'Singles Going Steady' | Rolling Stone". Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (23 June 2004). "Staff Lists: Top 100 Albums of the 1970s | Features | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 September 2012.