Love Bites (album)

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Love Bites
Studio album by
Released22 September 1978
Recorded26 July 1978 – 6 August 1978
StudioOlympic Studios, Barnes, London, England
LabelUnited Artists
ProducerMartin Rushent
Buzzcocks chronology
Another Music in a Different Kitchen
Love Bites
Singles Going Steady

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.[1]

Background and production[edit]

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 Belgian surrealist artist 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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Record Collector5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[5]
Uncut2/5 stars[6]

Trouser Press wrote that the record "demonstrates both the Buzzcocks' perfection of their particular brand of pop and their disillusionment with its restrictions. Producer Martin Rushent clarifies the elements of the sound even further, and Shelley's songwriting continues to improve".[7]

In a retrospective review, BBC Music described it as "an essential purchase for anyone remotely interested in punk's history."[8] AllMusic wrote: "More musically accomplished, more obsessively self-questioning, and with equally energetic yet sometimes gloomy performances, Love Bites finds the Buzzcocks coming into their own."[2]

Track listing[edit]

1."Real World"Pete Shelley3:29
2."Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)"Pete Shelley2:40
3."Operator's Manual"Pete Shelley3:30
4."Nostalgia"Pete Shelley2:51
5."Just Lust"Pete Shelley, Alan Dial2:57
6."Sixteen Again"Pete Shelley3:14
7."Walking Distance"Steve Garvey1:58
8."Love Is Lies"Steve Diggle3:10
9."Nothing Left"Pete Shelley4:23
10."E. S. P."Pete Shelley4:39
11."Late for the Train"Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle, John Maher, Steve Garvey5:51
Re-issue bonus tracks:"TWICE BITTEN"
12."Love You More"Pete Shelley1:51
13."Noise Annoys"Pete Shelley2:52
14."Promises"Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle2:36
15."Lipstick"Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle2:38




  1. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Love Bites by Buzzcocks Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Love Bites – Buzzcocks". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Buzzcocks: Another Music in a Different Kitchen". Record Collector: 88. [A] tour de force of pop-punk gems...
  4. ^ Gross, Joe (2004). "The Buzzcocks". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 124–25. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  6. ^ Cavanagh, David (5 November 2008). "Album Reissues: The Buzzcocks – Another Music In A Different Kitchen / Love Bites / A Different Kind Of Tension". Uncut. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  7. ^ Grant, Steven; Robbins, Ira; Rabid, Jack; Neugebauer, Delvin. " :: Buzzcocks". Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  8. ^ Jones, Chris (7 November 2008). "Music - Review of Buzzcocks - Love Bites". Retrieved 31 August 2012.

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