THE BUZZCOCKS – ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)’ / ‘Just Lust’ (United Artists UP 36455) Sept 1978

Buzzcocks ‘Ever Fallen In Love’ – Back when I was a kid growing up in the late 70s there wasn’t much music on the radio for me to get excited about until I heard bands like The Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Adverts and The Clash etc.

Hell, I didn’t even know what punk was all about because it never got much publicity in the music press, on the television and definitely not the radio. Well not until the Pistols appeared on some live local TV show and started to say ‘fuck’ and ‘shit’. Almost overnight England became exciting again after 10 years of prog boredom.

One of my lasting memories was seeing The Buzzcocks on TOTP playing this song and I’ve loved it ever since. ‘Ever Fallen In Love’ got to number 12 in the charts, not that this meant much to me. I only knew that it’s popularity meant more plays on the radio and appearances on TV music shows.

Back then we had no video recorders or MTV or repeats so if you missed it you were fucked and couldn’t talk about it at school next day.

The flip ‘Just Lust’ is a typical 70s punk song with an uptempo rhythm and stupid lyrics. It has a pretty decent guitar break but it’s really just an average song. Not in the same league as the top side. (EXPO67)

Buzzcocks "Ever Fallen In Love" poster

I’ve really tried to like the Buzzcocks, ever since we spent a pleasant afternoon reviewing the singles together. I listened to this three times, in the hope some emotion would stir in my feeble brain.

But no. Their last single was a marginal success with me, but this is a regression to the old straight between the eyes manic wallop of the old days. In short, it’s a noise. (Record Mirror)

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