Love Bites (album)

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Love Bites
Studio album by
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
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

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

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Record Collector 5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 8/10[5]
Uncut 2/5 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

"Love Bites"
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. ^ "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 (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). 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.

External links

  • Love Bites at Discogs (list of releases)
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