Buzzcocks captured the imagination of a generation when the band released its debut, "Spiral Scratch", in 1976. "Time's Up!", a studio demo turned formal release, followed in 1978.
The two of albums were recorded before "digital" was even a glimmer over the horizon. The gritty, analog mix is adequate for its time and chosen genre. Nothing in the music itself has been overthought. Buzzcocks' songs are well-composed, made for fast listening and quick consumption. This band took proto-punk purveyed by The Stooges, and the most nascent punk from contemporaries The Sex Pistols to heart, cranked the amps to 11, and... exploded. These tunes are simpler and shorter, with just a few very well-chosen chords, and effective, provocative, prosaic lyrics.
Musicianship is adequate, especially for the quick, vital songs Buzzcocks uses as vehicles for its ideas. Most of the live songs seem to begin on the same note - and they hit it hard. Variety wasn't so necessary when founding a genre. Getting people hungry for the sound was paramount, and this act definitely laid some solid groundwork.
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