Buzzcocks (album)

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Studio album by Buzzcocks
Released 18 March 2003
Recorded March and August 2002
Studio Southern Studios, London
Genre Pop punk
Label Merge, Cherry Red
Producer Tony Barber
Buzzcocks chronology
Flat-Pack Philosophy

Buzzcocks is the seventh studio album by English pop punk band Buzzcocks. It was released on 18 March 2003 by record label Merge.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Pitchfork 6.7/10[4]
PopMatters favourable[5]
Stylus Magazine F[6]

Buzzcocks has received a mixed-to-favourable response from critics. AllMusic opined, "If Buzzcocks doesn't reinvent this band, it does give their approach a bit of an overhaul, and the results make for an album which holds onto their strengths while lending a more mature perspective to their work; hard to imagine Rancid having anything this interesting up their sleeve twenty-seven years down the line from their first recording."[1] Entertainment Weekly's review was favourable, writing "it's nice to hear that middle age hasn't diminished the songwriting skills of original 'Cocks Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle."[3]

Stylus Magazine, on the other hand, gave the album their lowest possible score of F, opining that the album sounds like "third-generation Rancid".[6]

Track listing

  1. "Jerk" (Pete Shelley) – 2:21
  2. "Keep On" (Shelley) – 3:19
  3. "Wake Up Call" (Steve Diggle) – 3:19
  4. "Friends" (Shelley) – 2:57
  5. "Driving You Insane" (Diggle) – 2:24
  6. "Morning After" (Shelley) – 2:34
  7. "Sick City Sometimes" (Diggle) – 2:59
  8. "Stars" (Howard Devoto, Shelley) – 2:46
  9. "Certain Move" (Diggle) – 3:02
  10. "Lester Sands" (Devoto, Shelley) – 2:47
  11. "Up for the Crack" (Diggle) – 2:23
  12. "Useless" (Shelley) – 4:01



  1. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Buzzcocks - Buzzcocks : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Buzzcocks". Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b Sinclair, Tom (28 March 2003). "Buzzcocks Review | Music Reviews and News |". Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  4. ^ Reid, Brendan. "Buzzcocks: Buzzcocks | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  5. ^ James, Brian (27 May 2003). "Buzzcocks: self-titled . PopMatters. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  6. ^ a b Bloch, Sam (1 September 2003). "Buzzcocks - Buzzcocks - Review - Stylus Magazine". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012.

External links

  • Buzzcocks at Discogs (list of releases)
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