Buzzcocks

What Do I Get?

The following blog is a random collection of thoughts from a sexually frustrated member of the disabled community in 21st Century Britain. 

I have a lot on my mind.  I will soon be starting my reassessment with an independent social worker, am working on an art exhibition related to the #SaveWILG campaign, am trying to work out how you publish a book on Kindle, and I continue to support all of my many friends and comrades within Welsh Labour Grassroots/Momentum and  Disabled People Against Cuts.

I am doing all of this of my own back, because it is the right thing to do. I have a strong set of principles and beliefs that I continue to live by. Without these, I am nothing. I don’t want to become part of the mainstream and hop onto the capitalist wheel that only goes round in ever decreasing circles and sucks the enjoyment out of everything.

I am lucky that I answer to no one. I cherish my independence and believe that I have achieved so much since leaving Inverness in 2009. The only thing that continues to evade me is the search for sexual intimacy and friendship. This is a particularly difficult topic to discuss on this blog as in no way do I want to come across as an inappropriate pervert who is only after one thing. This is not the case at all…

According to John Donne, “no man is an island”. I am enjoying my independence, but this island I find myself stranded on, does get lonely at times. It is important to underline that in no way am I looking for another wife. I have been there and done that. It was a miserable period in my life and I feel that I have achieved so much more when I have been able to focus on myself.

I guess I want my cake and be able to eat it. What is wrong with this? I believe everyone – male or female – has the right to be free and enjoy life for the precious time we have on this earth. Intimacy is surely a human right for all of us, something that is best explained in the following article by Chuka Nwanazia :

Sex care in the Netherlands – helping the disabled find intimacy

The above is an illuminating article that makes me wish I lived in Holland, rather than backward Britain where attitudes towards disability and sexuality remain almost Victorian in nature. It is not as if I haven’t tried, but keep hitting brick walls and outdated attitudes. Maybe the answer is to try to set up a sex care organisation of my own to provide disabled people across Britain with the intimacy they crave.

This is certainly something to think about while trying to get to sleep in my half empty bed…

 

Pete Shelley Tribute: Day 7

On my Facebook page I was posting a week long tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley, but after four days I got waylaid and simply forgot to keep up these honorary posts.  Now that everyone is winding down for the Capitalist extravaganza I have some free time to catch up with this and will therefore continue to allow as many people as possible to enjoy his music. This is the final part of my seven day tribute and I have chosen to feature one of Pete’s solo efforts: Telephone Operator which was released in 1983 and was a minor hit.

Lyrics
Telephone operator
Why can’t I see you later
Telephone operator
Why can’t I see you later
Tell me is it wine
That makes things so fine
Or is it ’cause you’re mine

Telephone operator
You’re my aural stimulator
Telephone operator
Ne see’est pas la raison d’etre
Tell me is it love
That I feel because
You’re all I’m thinking of

Telephone operator
Phone you up an hour later
Telephone operator
Phoned you up an hour later
Tell me is it love
That I’m in because
I’m only thinking of you

Telephone operator

Songwriters: Peter Shelley

Telephone Operator lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Pete Shelley Tribute: Day 6

On my Facebook page I was posting a week long tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley, but after four days I got waylaid and simply forgot to keep up these honorary posts.  Now that everyone is winding down for the Capitalist extravaganza I have some free time to catch up with this and will therefore continue to allow as many people as possible to enjoy his music.

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The Way is the ninth studio album by English pop punk band Buzzcocks. It was released on 1 May 2014. It is their final album to feature Pete Shelley before his death in 2018.

Reviews of this album were very mixed as you can see here and here.

To coincide with the release of the album, the band wrote a message on their website:

We’ve teamed up with PledgeMusic to give you privileged access to pre-order the new album plus other premium items such as the new album on signed CD or vinyl, the chance to attend a VIP “meet and greet” and even a signed guitar. Each and every one of these items and experiences comes with a high quality digital download of our ninth studio album, plus bonus tracks exclusive to PledgeMusic!

The new album will be officially released to the public in the summer but by pre-ordering you’ll get your copy much sooner. Throughout the pre-order period, you’ll also get free access to our ‘Pledgers Only’ updates here on PledgeMusic where you will be able to enjoy a load of exclusive extras, videos from the studio, interviews, demos and much, much more […] In addition to this, pledges will benefit Teenage Cancer Trust to help them continue the incredible work they do. So as you can see, there are so many great reasons to be a part of our new album from the outset. Thanks again for all your support over the years, Pete, Steve, Danny & Chris Buzzcocks

2014

5% of any money raised after the goal is reached will go to Teenage Cancer Trust.

As a fan, the fact that the album is a little disappointing could be forgiven due to past glories and the fact that the compilation does include fleeting examples of their musical abilities. Indeed, I was more interested in the PledgeMusic scheme and especially the chance to meet and greet my heroes post-gig at Warrington Parr Hall where Pete Shelley asked ME to sign a copy of my book, Every Silver Lining has a Cloud.

Whoever said you should never meet your heroes, obviously never met Pete Shelley…

Pete Shelley Tribute: Day 5

On my Facebook page I was posting a week long tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley, but after four days I got waylaid and simply forgot to keep up these  honorary posts.  Now that everyone is winding down for the Capitalist  extravaganza I have some free time to catch up with this and will therefore continue to allow as many people as possible to enjoy his music.

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According to Wikipedia, “What Do I Get?’” is a single by punk rock band Buzzcocks and its B-side is “Oh Shit”. It provided Buzzcocks with their UK chart début, peaking at No. 37 on the UK Singles Chart.

It has been covered by a number of artists, such as Steve Lieberman and Therapy?. It makes an appearance in the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and the movie Ghost World.

Pete Shelley Tribute: Day 4

On my Facebook page I am posting a week long tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley and I thought I would post these on my Blog as well so that as many people as possible can enjoy his music.

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I have chosen to feature ‘Why Can’t I Touch It?’  for today’s tribute to Pete Shelley. This was originally a B-side to the equally epic ‘Everybody’s Happy Nowadays’. The following writers were given credit for this song – Diggle, Steve GarveyJohn Maher, Shelley – which probably means Shelley only had a minor role in the collaboration of this record. Nevertheless, he undeniably made it his own with his trademark vocals.

Writing on the All Music website, Bill Janovitz describes this song in the following manner:

A reggae shuffle of sorts forms the rhythmic basis of this infectious pop tune from the Buzzcocks. While most of the band’s songs were infused with a healthy dose of punk rock energy and aggression, “Why Can’t I Touch It?” is a relaxed, albeit angular groove. The song approaches punk only by way of the Clash’s penchant for Caribbean beats and dub-style production/arranging and perhaps Pete Shelley’s astringent, high-register vocal delivery. 

Pete Shelley Tribute: Day 3

On my Facebook page I am posting a week long tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley and I thought I would post these on my Blog as well so that as many people as possible can enjoy his music.

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Day 3 of my tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley and a focus on one of his solo songs. This was not only creative genius but also really brave to think about homosexuality back in 1981. According to Wikipedia, “Homosapien” is a song by Buzzcocks lead singer Pete Shelley. It was the first single from the album of the same title, released in 1981.

The single was a big hit in Australia and Canada, reaching the Top 10 in both territories, as well as being a modest hit in New Zealand. Although it failed to crossover to singles charts, it was a popular dance track in clubs across Europe and the United States and reached number 14 on the Billboard Club Play Singles chart.

The song was banned by the BBC for its “explicit reference to gay sex” with the lyrics “homo superior / in my interior”.

Pete Shelley Tribute: Day 2

On my Facebook page I am posting a week long tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley and I thought I would post these on my Blog as well so that as many people as possible can enjoy his music.

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Day 2 of my tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley features the first Buzzcocks album I ever bought. It signalled the start of my love affair with the band and specifically the bittersweet lyrics of Shelley. This album was the soundtrack to my teenage years and I seemed to be able to relate to every song…

According to WikipediaSingles Going Steady is a compilation album by English punk rock band Buzzcocks, first released on I.R.S. Records in the US on 25 September 1979.[2] It was the first Buzzcocks album to be released in North America and intended as an introduction to the band for the American public, coinciding with a US tour. After healthy sales on import in the UK over the next two years, and following the group’s split in early 1981, the album was belatedly released in the band’s home country on United Artists Records on 16 November 1981[3] as a ‘greatest hits’ album. However, as in the US, the album failed to chart.

Side one of the original release of the album featured their eight UK single releases from 1977 up to the time of Singles Going Steady‘s release in 1979 in chronological order, while side two featured their corresponding B-sides, also in chronological order. The album was reissued in expanded form on compact disc in 2001 with an extra eight tracks, featuring the A-sides and B-sides of Buzzcocks’ four singles released between Singles Going Steady and the group’s break-up.