Every A and B from "Spiral Scratch" to last year's "Sick City Sometimes"

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Buzzcocks – The Complete Singles Anthology
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This three-disc package of the Manc punk demigods’ complete 45s catalogue amounts to 1979’s ‘every home should have one’ hits collection Singles Going Steady? “plus”. That “plus” includes: 1977’s historic Devoto-sung, Hannett-produced “Spiral Scratch” EP; their later Hannett productions (1980’s swan song Parts 1,2,3 EP); and a decade’s worth of reunion water-treading. Inevitably, the innovation of the first 31 tracks (pre-split) is rehashed in the remaining 23 (post-reformation), though not enough to taint everything from “Breakdown” to “Harmony In My Head”.