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.

Published by Colin Mason

serious collector of 1960s vinyl records and archivist of vintage music magazines

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