Domino is proud to be reissuing Buzzcocks Times Up, the 1976 album of demos recorded with founder & singer Howard Devoto and originally released as a bootleg.
Howard Devoto read the headline "It's The Buzz, Cock" from a February 1976 Time Out review of Rock Follies - the 1970s TV musical drama following the ups and downs of the fictional female rock group Little Ladies. Adapting and appropriating it for the new band that he and Pete Shelley had just formed (having just realized what a Sex Pistol was before anyone else), the Buzzcocks were officially born.
Howard and Pete went about organizing the now infamous 1976 Lesser Free Trade Hall gigs that brought punk to the provinces and galvanized the Manchester music revolution. The plan was to simply play support to the Pistols and see what happened next. The rest, as they say, is history!
Featuring the original line-up of Howard Devoto (vocals & songwriter), Pete Shelley (guitar & songwriter), Steve Diggle (bass guitar) and John Maher (drums), Times Up was recorded at Revolution Studios, Bramhall Lane Stockport on the 18th of October 1976. The session, recording Buzzcocks live set at the time, cost £45 and was engineered by Andy MacPherson.
This exciting re-issue of the punk pioneers' first ever recorded music precedes the band's seminal debut EP 'Spiral Scratch' - now recognized as one of, if not the, most important records of the punk explosion.
"Buzzcocks differ only one way from their contemporaries: they possess a spark of originality, and their music gives you the impression they spend longer than the customary ten minutes clutching the quill in preparation to write... they are the best kick-ass rock band in the country." - Morrissey, in a letter penned to the NME, 1977
180g Virgin Vinyl
Printed Inner Sleeve
Includes Limited Time mp3 Download
Howard Devoto, vocals
Pete Shelley, guitar
Steve Diggle, bass guitar
John Maher, drums
1. You Tear Me Up
3. Friends Of Mine
4. Orgasm Addict
6. Times Up
7. Lester Sands (Drop In The Ocean)
8. Love Battery
9. I Cant Control Myself
10. I Love You, You Big Dummy
11. Dont Mess Me Around