Additional information about this, the Buzzcocks vinyl art.
Buzzcocks – The Artist
The Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band, formed in Bolton, England, in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto. They are regarded as a seminal influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rock, power pop, and pop punk. They achieved commercial success with singles that fused pop craftsmanship with rapid-fire punk energy.
Devoto and Shelley chose the name “Buzzcocks” after reading the headline, “It’s the Buzz, Cock!”, in a review of the TV series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. The “buzz” is the excitement of playing on stage; “cock” is northern English slang meaning “friend”. They thought it captured the excitement of the nascent punk scene, as well as having humorous sexual connotations. Devoto left the band in 1977, after which Pete Shelley became the principal singer-songwriter. Shelley died on 6 December 2018, leaving the future of the band uncertain.
Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t ‘Ve?) – The Song
Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t ‘Ve?)is a 1978 song written by Pete Shelley and performed by his group Buzzcocks. It was a number 12 hit on the UK Singles Chart and was included on the album Love Bites. The idea came after half watching the musical, Guys and Dolls on TV while on tour. One of the characters, Adelaide, is saying to Marlon Brando’s character, ‘Wait till you fall in love with someone you shouldn’t have.’ The song was ranked at No. 1 among “Tracks of the Year” for 1978 by NME. Critic Ned Raggett describes the song as a “deservedly well-known masterpiece.” Mark Deming notes, “Pete Shelley’s basic formula in the Buzzcocks was to marry the speed and emotional urgency of punk with the hooky melodies and boy/girl thematics of classic pop/rock. When he applied this thinking to that most classic of pop themes, unrequited teenage love, he crafted one of his most indelible songs, ‘Ever Fallen in Love?'”
The Human Skull – The Shape
Hearts are a feature taken from the 7″ records picture sleeve and the skull is designed to represent a warning.
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