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Top 10 Buzzcocks Songs

Like a lot of classic punk bands, everyone always focuses on the Buzzcocks’s first three albums and ignore everything that came after. Novelty joke songs from their early days often overshadow some of the best songs that came later. Most top 10 lists seem to just regurgitate and reshuffle their greatest hits compilations, historicizing them into a band you should like but don’t. An ironic ending for a band that often railed against nostalgia, idolatry, and marketing schemes in their lyrics.

10. Nostalgia


A great example of their aptitude for putting complicated ideas into a simple song. This one seems to reflect on Nostalgia’s corrosive effect on the present, and the general mythology we build around the past.

9. Get On Your Own


The most immediate and hard hitting song off their first album. A good balance of their melodic and more incongruous elements.

8. I Believe


A slower song meditating on the alienating aspects of politic ideology. A bit long, but still great.

7. Isolation


The best song off of their overlooked 90s comeback album Trade Test Transmission. It’s super annoying that early joke songs displace this one in people’s limited attention span.

6. Jerk


The first track off their 2000s self-titled album. It actually managed to break through the nostalgia daze and get some attention and renewed interest in the band.

5. What Do I Get?


A classic song that appears on all their compilation albums. Instantly memorable, but not as deep as some of their other cuts.

4. Sixteen Again


A perfect pop song that should be in every top 10 list, but is often omitted.

3. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)


Everyone is gonna say this is their best song, it certainly is their most popular. It’s catchy and has great ambience, but it lacks the depth of some of their other songs.

2. Love Is Lies


Old-ball song, written and sung by guitarist/vocalist Steve Diggle. Wes Anderson is basically just a rip-off of this song.

1. Harmony In My Head


Another Steve Diggle tune, probably his most popular. One of the band’s most abrasive songs, Diggle says he had to smoke 20 cigarettes to get the vocal sound.

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Best Music of 2019

It seemed like underground music spent most of 2019 trying to decide what it wants to be. We hedged our bets and focused our efforts on clickbait covers, interviewing cool bands we like, and Nicolas Cage memes. The future is a bit hazy, but here’s what cut through the noise for us:

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Top 10 Xmas Songs of All Time

It’s time to pour yourself some eggnog and face the bitterness of another holiday season. Most xmas songs are blatant cash grabs or deeply problematic, but there are some that really capture the bleak hopelessness that only the holidays can bring! So this year, skip the Michael Bublé, and ruin xmas with these holiday classics:

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25 Greatest Punk Covers of All-Time

There are a lot of crappy punk covers out there, we just recently made one. Here is a list of covers that do more than throw distortion and ‘punk’ beats at the hits. Only one song per band. The cover must be a punk cover.

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Nonstarter – Seasoned Stuntman EP Review

Nonstarter play a throwback style of melodic skate-punk that harkens back to the spirit of Bigwig, Belvedere, or Downway; reading like a love letter to all those snowboarding videos and mid-90s punk compilations.

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Filthy Hearts – Beyond Repair LP Review

Filthy Hearts are a punk band that write the kind of anthemic scream-alongs you’d stumble upon at Fest or Pouzza. Made out of former members of the Larimers, Vice Dolls, Party Like Thieves, and the A-OKs; ‘Beyond Repair‘ shares some semblance to it’s ancestors, but paints a darker picture, touching on alcoholism, depression, and the aftermath of failed dreams.

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Best Music of 2018

It’s been a zonkers year for us! We put out an EP, made 3 music videos, covered a KISS song, played CMW, played NXNE, played JOPOFEST, and made a bunch of friends along the way.

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Top 10 Ramones Songs

Ramones are the beach boys of punk rock and the inventors of pop punk. While I feel like they never made a perfect album, they never made a bad one. I’ve always been impressed with what they managed to accomplished while working within the constraints they set for themselves. Not being ‘musicians’, as Johnny would say, never stopped them from making great songs.

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Moonraker – Lanterns LP Review

Moonraker is a band I can relate to. They make me laugh, they make me cry; they kinda feel like the Simpsons mixed with Jawbreaker. They do a great job channeling the comedy and tragedy of youth into the familiar template of midwestern punk. While I can definitely detect trace amounts of Dillinger Four and Lawrence Arms in their blood, Moonraker have managed to carve out a niche of their own consisting of endless pessimism and an internal monologue crueler than Micheal Jackson’s dad.

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Nerdlinger – Happy Place LP Review

90s skate punk nostalgia can be a mixed bag. With a lot of today’s bands sounding like NUFAN c-sides or crappy high school bands, you sometimes wonder if there is any room for growth left in skatepunk. Nerdlinger pull it off on there new album ‘Happy Place’, capturing the golden age of Fatwreck without all the tedium typically attributed to throwbacks of the era.