Singles Going Steady

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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
(1978)
Singles Going Steady
(1979)
A Different Kind of Tension
(1979)

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.[1] 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[2] 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 up to the time of Singles Going Steady's release in 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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[3]
Melody Maker very favourable[4]
NME very favourable (1979)[5]
NME very favourable (1981)[6]
Robert Christgau A–[7]
Q 4/5 stars[citation needed]

Reviewing the album on import in 1979, NME called Buzzcocks "a vital part of the inspiration for the new pop age... This is the best album Buzzcocks never made. Hear it and weep."[5] A second review by the NME two years later upon the album's official UK release was no less enthusiastic, declaring that "this is the best Buzzcocks long-player to be realised, enshrining eight singles and their B-sides in a compilation which at a stroke helps to forgive the inconsistency of their other albums and clarifies the enormous debt which post-Buzzcocks pop owes to this frail practitioner [referring to Buzzcocks principal songwriter and singer Pete Shelley]... Employing the most traditional of beat group formations and turning their attention to the most elemental considerations, Shelley and the Buzzcocks created pop of such intense truthfulness it literally hurts."[6] Melody Maker claimed that "to describe it as 'wonderful' would be doing the lads a gross injustice... Somehow, they devised a simple, crude but hugely effective medium for songs which were fast, funny and memorable."[4]

Accolades[edit]

In 2003, the album was ranked at number 358 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[8]

Pitchfork listed Singles Going Steady as 16th best album of the 1970s.[9]

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 25 September 1979 I.R.S LP SP 001
Canada
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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McGartland, Tony (1995). Buzzcocks: The Complete History. Independent Music Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-1-8977-8305-4. 
  2. ^ "Datelines". Melody Maker (London, England: IPC Media): 32. 14 November 1981. 
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Singles Going Steady - Buzzcocks : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Sweeting, Adam (5 December 1981). "Review: Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady". Melody Maker (London, England: IPC Media): 19. 
  5. ^ a b Rambali, Paul (13 October 1979). "Review: Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady". NME (London, England: IPC Media): 46. 
  6. ^ a b Cook, Richard (31 October 1981). "Review: Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady". NME (London, England: IPC Media): 35–36. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Buzzcocks". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Buzzcocks, 'Singles Going Steady' | Rolling Stone". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (23 June 2004). "Staff Lists: Top 100 Albums of the 1970s | Features | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 September 2012.