Monday, March 14, 2011


All Indie bands exist because of THE BUZZCOCKS.

The SEX PISTOLS bulldozed the way for anyone to be a band. But THE BUZZCOCKS proved you could record and release your own record.

The "Spiral Scratch" EP (1977) was self-recorded and released on their own label, the first Punk indie label ever. 'Do-It-Yourself' was the new revolution. Every upstart act since owes them a debt of gratitude.

Here's their first single "Boredom", a deadpan and dead cheeky blast of energized ennui. Singer Howard Devoto makes sly puns while guitarist Pete Shelley subverts guitar heroes with a bored one-note solo that enthralls!

BUZZCOCKS -"Boredom" (1977)

The Punk ethos was to fearlessly try anything. Beyond the classic sound, the scene flourished into myriad styles with as many names.

Scotland's ORANGE JUICE were wringers of the New Pop, which brought sunny melodicism back into the mix with askew angles. Amid the disco chops and arch lyrics, they throw in lines from "Boredom" and a playful vamp on the guitar solo (at 2:10).

ORANGE JUICE -"Rip It Up" (1982)

The phrase "Rip it up and start again" perfectly summarized the PostPunk explosion of musics, and was used as the title to Simon Reynbold's crucial overview, "Rip It Up And Start Again".

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