THE BUZZCOCKS - PROMISES



THE BUZZCOCKS - 'Promises' / 'Lipstick' (United Artists UP 36471) Nov 1978

One of the original punk bands forming in the Summer of 1976 when Devoto and Shelley decided to form their own group after witnessing a Sex Pistols gig.
'Promises' was The Buzzcocks sixth single and reached a decent number 20 in the UK charts. The flip 'Lipstick' is also good with a subtle 'Shot By Both Sides' (Magazine) guitar riff buried in the mix.

The pic and lyrics below are taken from one of my old Smash Hits magazines from November 1978. Probably rarer than the single which is easy to find.

THE BUZZCOCKS - Promises


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  1. Ahh, the Buzzcocks! Catchy riffs and groovy harmonies; some of the most brilliant pop-punk ever. At least I actually got to see this crew when they toured Australia after reforming in the late 1980s.
    Steve

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  2. I don't know about the Shot By Both Sides riff and chord progression being 'subtle' or 'buried in the mix' on Lipstick. It sounds pretty up front to me. From what I recall the music was written by Devoto and Shelley together but they both later added their own lyrics. To me it is pretty amazing that two songs that on one level sound so similar also sound so different!
    Steve

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