Love Bites (album)

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Love Bites
Studio album by Buzzcocks
Released 22 September 1978
Recorded 26 July 1978 – 6 August 1978
Studio Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, England
Length 39:02
Label United Artists
Producer Martin Rushent
Buzzcocks chronology
Another Music in a Different Kitchen
Love Bites
A Different Kind of Tension
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
BBC very favourable[2]
Uncut 2/5 stars[3]

Love Bites is the second studio album by English punk rock band Buzzcocks. It was released on 22 September 1978, through United Artists Records.

It peaked at number 13 on the UK Albums Chart at the time of its release.[4]


Love Bites was recorded and mixed by Buzzcocks with producer Martin Rushent over a two and a half week period, less than six months after the release of début album Another Music in a Different Kitchen. "Late for the Train" was first played and recorded on John Peel's Radio One show, along with bass player Steve Garvey's instrumental "Walking Distance".

Co-writing credits for "Just Lust" were given to Alan Dial, a pen-name for Buzzcocks' then manager Richard Boon.

"Nostalgia" was also recorded by Newcastle band, Penetration, who in 1978 accompanied Buzzcocks on the "Entertaining Friends" tour of England.


The hand-drawn script on the sleeve is a conscious reference to a painting by René Magritte. The sleeve insert airbrush illustrations are by Robin Utracik, rhythm guitarist from The Worst.


In March 1994, a CD version of the original album was released by EMI, containing four additional tracks.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Real World"   Pete Shelley 3:29
2. "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)"   Pete Shelley 2:40
3. "Operator's Manual"   Pete Shelley 3:30
4. "Nostalgia"   Pete Shelley 2:51
5. "Just Lust"   Pete Shelley, Alan Dial 2:57
6. "Sixteen Again"   Pete Shelley 3:14
7. "Walking Distance"   Steve Garvey 1:58
8. "Love Is Lies"   Steve Diggle 3:10
9. "Nothing Left"   Pete Shelley 4:23
10. "E. S. P."   Pete Shelley 4:39
11. "Late for the Train"   Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle, John Maher, Steve Garvey 5:51
Re-issue bonus tracks:"TWICE BITTEN"
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Love You More"   Pete Shelley 1:51
13. "Noise Annoys"   Pete Shelley 2:52
14. "Promises"   Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle 2:36
15. "Lipstick"   Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle 2:38



  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Love Bites - Buzzcocks : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Jones, Chris (7 November 2008). "Music - Review of Buzzcocks - Love Bites". Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Music Reviews". Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Love Bites by Buzzcocks Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013.