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Punk / New Wave - Released June 5, 2011 | Cooking Vinyl

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As part of the justification for A Different Compilation, Pete Shelley claimed that the original versions of these re-recordings “now sound like demos.” Had Buzzcocks producers Martin Hannett and Martin Rushent been alive, they might have had something to say about that. There’s no denying that there’s more punch, more of a wallop, in these versions -- live-sounding takes with some overdubbing -- but there’s also less bounce and nuance. And, of course, the voices of Shelley and Steve Diggle are evidently those of men their fifties instead of their twenties. This is not something that needed to be done, but it is one way to prove that Shelley and Diggle still have it. Anyone who has grown tired of the original recordings -- if such a person exists -- should be thrilled. ~ Andy Kellman
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Rock - Released February 28, 2003 | Domino Recording Co

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Rock - Released August 20, 2001 | Domino Recording Co

Rock - Released June 27, 2017 | Domino Recording Co

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Rock - Released June 27, 2017 | Domino Recording Co

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Punk / New Wave - Released October 24, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 9, 2017 | Domino Recording Co

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Rock - Released June 20, 2017 | Domino Recording Co

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Rock - Released September 1, 2016 | Castle Communications

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Rock - Released September 15, 1997 | Domino Recording Co

In the late '70s, the Ramones were the kings of punk-pop. But in England, that honor went to the Buzzcocks. Arguably British punk's equivalent of the Kinks, the Buzzcocks had plenty of hooks and infectious pop melodies to go with their snotty, snarling, in-your-face demeanor. For the most part, you won't find a heavy socio-political agenda on I Don't Mind the Buzzcocks, an 18-song collection that came out in 1999 and looked back on the band's influential 1978-79 output. What you will find on classics like "Oh, Shit," "Whatever Happened To?," "I Don't Know What to Do with My Life," "Just Lust," and "Something's Gone Wrong Again" is an infectious, reckless sense of fun. Although without a dull moment, I Don't Mind the Buzzcocks isn't the ideal Buzzcocks collection -- some of the band's essential recordings from the late '70s are missing, including the hysterically funny "Orgasm Addict." But even so, I Don't Mind the Buzzcocks is full of gems and paints an impressive picture of one of punk's most important bands. ~ Alex Henderson
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Rock - Released January 1, 1996 | Domino Recording Co

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Rock - Released September 23, 1991 | Domino Recording Co

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Rock - Released October 24, 2008 | Domino Recording Co

Rock - Released June 20, 2017 | Domino Recording Co

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Rock - Released June 10, 2003 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 9, 2017 | Domino Recording Co

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Rock - Released March 1, 2017 | Castle Communications

Surfacing a couple of years after the band's unexpected resurrection but after the departure of bassist Garvey and drummer Maher, who were content to continue their other lines of work, Trade Test Transmissions is at once a fine, celebratory album and something of a disappointment. On the one hand, hearing the Shelley/Diggle partnership fully reestablished is fantastic enough; both singers sound just fine, and their guitar abilities are no less powerful than in the group's original heyday. New bassist Barber and drummer Barker do their jobs quite well enough. If not as distinctly powerful as the original Garvey/Maher section -- the subtle, inventive side of Maher's work is especially hard to replace -- they approach the songs with energy and don't let anything down. For all this, though, there's a sense of unfulfilled promise through Trade. It specifically surfaces in the way that Shelley and Diggle want to draw more on the strictly listener-friendly touch of the band's original days while generally ignoring the more adventuresome side that surfaced in songs like "Late for the Train," "Why Can't I Touch It?," and "I Believe." It's not quite pandering per se, but it's almost too easy an approach for a band that so clearly transcended the punk/pop formula as much as it perfected it. This aside, Trade is definitely enjoyable on its own terms, with a number of songs -- "Innocent," "Smile," the Diggle-penned and sung "Isolation," and "Alive Tonight" -- near equal to many moments on Singles Going Steady. "Palm of Your Hand" is a fun scream, an "Orgasm Addict" updated for the '90s that celebrate the joys of mutual masturbation. As a bonus, the American version includes two tracks from the Do It single, including the tough-rocking title cut, along with "Inside," a Diggle-composed number. ~ Ned Raggett
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Rock - Released June 27, 2017 | Domino Recording Co

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Punk / New Wave - Released February 5, 2010 | Parlophone UK

Rock - Released June 27, 2017 | Domino Recording Co

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