Song of the Day, December 15: What Do I Get? by Buzzcocks

BuzzcocksWDIGToday’s song is the breakthrough single from a legendary British band. Buzzcocks formed in the heat of the punk explosion, with band members brought together by a love of the Velvet Underground and a fascination with the Sex Pistols’ anti-aesthetic. Singer Pete Shelley quickly found his own muse, becoming a master of three-minute bursts of sexual frustration and ambivalence.

What Do I Get? was their second single after signing to United Artists. (The first, Orgasm Addict, dropped out of sight when the BBC refused to allow it on the air.) It’s classic Buzzcocks, hectic but harmonious. Shelley’s vocal is marvelous as he lists all the simple things he wants, wondering what he can actually have. The result is a pop gem in a punk package.

Enjoy this great song today.


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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