The Buzzcocks were a pop anomaly. In any other era but '77 they would have been hailed as a great band, but at the time they were overshadowed by the Sex Pistols, Clash and Jam. On the other hand, they would have been unthinkable in any other era. Because in their heyday, the 'cocks were the perfect marriage of punk and pop. Their two American albums Singles Going Steady and A Different Kind of Tension are as good as anything from that era. The Parts 1-3 EP is the Buzzcocks near the end, as they were becoming more experimental and accordingly, most of the songs are too cluttered to be top-notch Buzzcocks. Great exception: "What Do You Know," where wild sax drives Peter Shelley into a great vocal frenzy. Overall, the EP is worthwhile, just like everything else with "Buzzcocks" on it.
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