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|Single by Buzzcocks|
|B-side||"Whatever Happened To...?"|
|Released||4 November 1977|
|Recorded||September 1977 at T.W. Studios, Fulham, England|
|Songwriter(s)||Pete Shelley, Howard Devoto|
|Buzzcocks singles chronology|
"Orgasm Addict'" is a song by the English punk rock band Buzzcocks. It was the A-side of the Buzzcocks' first single, with "Whatever Happened To...?" as the B-side, which was released on 4 November 1977 by record label United Artists.
The sleeve was devised by graphic designer Malcolm Garrett and featured a collage, created by artist Linder Sterling, depicting a woman whose head is a clothes iron. Regarding the concept, Sterling 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." Sterling later added "It was made in a Salford bedroom; I had a sheet of glass, a scalpel and piles of women's mags." The image was originally in colour but Garrett thought it would be best to change it to a blue monotone, for the record company specified the sleeve could be printed in only two colours.
"Orgasm Addict" was released as the Buzzcocks' debut single on 4 November 1977.
The 7" French vinyl release contains different takes of the same two tracks.
This was the only Buzzcocks single featuring bassist Garth Smith, who joined in early 1977 to replace Steve Diggle, who switched to guitar. Shortly after its release, he was expelled from the band.
- "Orgasm Addict" (Howard Devoto, Pete Shelley) (1:58)
- "Whatever Happened To...?" (Pete Shelley, Dial – alias of ex-manager Richard Boon) (2:07)
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