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Love Bites (album)

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Released  22 September 1978
Artist  Buzzcocks
Producer  Martin Rushent
Length  39:02
Release date  22 September 1978
Label  United Artists Records
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Recorded  26 July 1978 – 6 August 1978
Studio  Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, England
Love Bites (1978)  Singles Going Steady (1979)
Genres  Punk rock, Pop punk, Power pop
Similar  Buzzcocks albums, Punk rock albums

Love Bites is the second studio album by English punk rock band Buzzcocks. It was released on 22 September 1978, through United Artists Records.


It peaked at number 13 on the UK Albums Chart at the time of its release.

Background and production

Love Bites was recorded and mixed by Buzzcocks with producer Martin Rushent over a two-and-a-half week period, less than six months after the release of début album Another Music in a Different Kitchen. "Late for the Train" was first played and recorded on John Peel's Radio One show, along with bass player Steve Garvey's instrumental "Walking Distance".

Co-writing credits for "Just Lust" were given to Alan Dial, a pen-name for Buzzcocks' then manager Richard Boon.

"Nostalgia" was also recorded by Newcastle band, Penetration, who in 1978 accompanied Buzzcocks on the "Entertaining Friends" tour of England.


The hand-drawn script on the sleeve is a conscious reference to a painting by René Magritte. The sleeve insert airbrush illustrations are by Robin Utracik, rhythm guitarist from The Worst.


In March 1994, a CD version of the original album was released by EMI, containing four additional tracks.

Critical reception

Trouser Press wrote that the record "demonstrates both the Buzzcocks' perfection of their particular brand of pop and their disillusionment with its restrictions. Producer Martin Rushent clarifies the elements of the sound even further, and Shelley's songwriting continues to improve".

In a retrospective review, BBC Music described it as "an essential purchase for anyone remotely interested in punk's history." AllMusic wrote: "More musically accomplished, more obsessively self-questioning, and with equally energetic yet sometimes gloomy performances, Love Bites finds the Buzzcocks coming into their own."


  • Pete Shelley – lead guitar, lead vocals (all but 8)
  • Steve Diggle – rhythm and acoustic guitars, backing and lead (8) vocals
  • Steve Garvey – bass guitar
  • John Maher – drums
  • Songs

    1Real World3:34
    2Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)2:45
    3Operators Manual3:35


    Love Bites (album) Wikipedia

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