January 29 – Buzzcocks, Stray Cats, Strokes


Manchester England’s excellent punk group Buzzcocks, formed in 1975, release their first recording, the 4-track Spiral Scratch EP.

It’s released on their own New Hormones label … it’s the UK’s first self-released punk rock record. This example of DIY ethic inspires many other indie labels. Yah? Oi-right then.

Commercially, of course, it was nowhere. Until re-release in 1979 (with distribution by Virgin) pushes it to UK#31.

But wait! there’s more!!
The DIY label did very well too, releasing important records by The Fall, Biting Tongues, Diagram Brothers, Dislocation Dance, Ludus and more.

The band has released 8 studio albums, the last in 2006. Their highest-charting single (UK#12) is 1978’s Ever Fallen in Love.
 ( Buzzcocks site ▷New Hormones story▹


Single Rock This Town is released by US rockabilly band Stray Cats, headed for UK#9 and, the following year, US#9.

The song first appears on UK debut album Stray Cats (UK#6, no US release). The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has named it one of the 500 songs that shaped rock.

Stray Cat Strut, another single from the album, makes US#3, UK#11. The Long Island, NY band releases 10 more albums before its 1995 breakup. In 2004 it reforms to release 2-disk live recording Rumble in Brixton.

( Website


US indie rock band The Strokes start off a highly successful career with the EP The Modern Age.

It includes the band’s signature song Last Nite (NME‘s #1 pick for their 50 Greatest Tracks of the Decade).

While debut album Is This It (UK#1, US#33) doesn’t set the US charts on fire, succeeding albums all make it into the top-10 in English-speaking countries — including 2011’s Angles(*) which includes Under Cover of Darkness.
 ( Website