Buzzcocks - What Do You Know? / Running Free

Buzzcocks - Running Free

Original Release Date

1980

Release Information

UK 7" 1980 (United Artists - BP 382)

A What Do You Know? 3:12
AA Running Free 3:12

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US 7" 1980 (IRS - IR 9020)

A What Do You Know? 3:12
B Running Free 3:12

Chart Placings

None

Credits

Produced by Martin Rushent
Mixed at Genetic by Martin Rushent
A-Side recorded at Advision by Martin Hannett
B-Side recorded at Pluto by Martin Hannett
Brass on 'What Do You Know?': Peter King, Stan Robinson, Leslie Condon

Photo - Adrian Boot

Additional Credits

Pete Shelley - guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals (Track A)
Steve Diggle - guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals (Track B)
Steve Garvey - bass, backing vocals
John Maher - drums

Reviews & Opinions

MARK ELLEN, SMASH HITS JAN 8-21, 1981: Buzzcocks just get better all the time. Shame they don't sell many records. After failing consistently to notch up The Big One, nobody expects them to be commercial anymore. Apart from a computerised chorus, Steve Diggle's 'A' side is pretty typical stuff - slightly sentimental, flattened vocals spread over a backing that can't decide if it's going to be fluid or lumbering and somehow manages to sound like both at once. Pete Shelley's flip, 'What Do You Know, ' is more effervescent sheets of noise punched with a brass section and topped off with a sensuous black vocal. It's excellent.

Additional Notes

Part 3 of a series of singles issued late 1980. This is a double A-Side: 'Running Free' is denoted by a "plus" symbol, 'What Do You Know?' by a "star" symbol. The UK covers come in two varieties, one with Running Free as the "front" side, and a reversed one with 'What Do You Know' as the front side.

Buzzcocks - Running Free - UK 7" 1980 (United Artists - BP 382) Buzzcocks - Running Free - UK 7" 1980 (United Artists - BP 382) Back Cover

UK 7" 1980 (United Artists - BP 382). Click here for more

Buzzcocks - Running Free - UK 7" 1980 (United Artists - BP 382) Back Cover Buzzcocks - Running Free UK 7" 1980 (United Artists - BP 382) Alternate Sleeve - Back Cover

UK 7" 1980 (United Artists - BP 382). Alternate sleeve with What Do You Know? on the back cover. Click here for more

Buzzcocks - Running Free - US 7" 1980 (IRS - IR 9020)Buzzcocks - Running Free - US 7" 1980 (IRS - IR 9020) Back Cover

US 7" 1980 (IRS - IR 9020). Click here for more

 

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