Punk pioneers the Buzzcocks will be celebrated June 10 by EMI/Capitol with the release of “Buzzcocks: Inventory — Singles Box Set.” The set will collect the group’s 14 singles recorded for EMI, from its first single, “Spiral Scratch EP,” to 1981’s “What Do You Know,” each complete with all the original B-sides.
The singles will come packaged as 14 CDs, complete with their original sleeve artwork, in a flip-top box. Other singles in the box include “Orgasm Addict,” “What Do I Get,” “Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve),” and “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays.”
The Buzzcocks recently signed with U.S. independent label Merge Records and released a self-titled album, its first in four years. The band now comprises guitarists/vocalists Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle, bassist Tony Barber, and drummer Philip Barker; founding member Howard Devoto exited after the 1977 release of “Spiral Scratch.”
The band will be joining Pearl Jam’s summer North American tour as an opening act for 11 dates, from June 21 at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wis., through a July 8 gig at New York’s Madison Square Garden.