Song of the Day, March 3: Everybody’s Happy Nowadays by Buzzcocks

BuzzcocksHappyToday’s song is Everybody’s Happy Nowadays by Buzzcocks. The band arose in the British punk scene, driven by Pete Shelley’s edgy pop smarts and a tight, DIY sound. A stunning singles machine, they churned out a steady stream of great discs. Their eighth single in less than two years, this track shows off their growth as a band. Just as powerful as some of their earlier, angrier odes, it’s a yearning bit of irony. Everyone else may be happy, but somehow our narrator can’t quite join in.

Life’s an illusion, love is a dream
But I don’t know what it is

Supported by a churning musical backdrop, Shelley’s bitter but oddly hopeful reflections make for a perfect slice of frustrated pop. Enjoy this great song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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