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Buzzcocks – Spiral Scratch

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jan 30th, 2018. Artwork published in
January 1977
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    Source: https://www.flickr.com John Keogh. License: CC BY-NC.

    Cover photography by Richard Boon

    Released on 29 January 1977, Spiral Scratch was the debut EP by Manchester band Buzzcocks, and the first punk record to be self-released.

    Simon Reynolds, in his book Rip It Up and Start Again, states that some consider Spiral Scratch to be a more important record than the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the U.K.”, because whereas the Sex Pistols’ single showed that anyone could be in a rock band (a novel idea at the time), Spiral Scratch proved that anyone could release a record, without needing an established record label, of which there were very few in 1977. — Wikipedia

    Unlike the Sex Pistols’ artwork with the ostentatious DIY ransom note style, the Buzzcocks’ cover typography is remarkably straightforward, featuring two mainstays of corporate visual communication of the 1970s, Eurostile and Univers, arranged tidily. The all-lowercase spelling is about the only trait that can regarded as non-standard. The revolution is in the means of production and distribution, not in the form.

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    Source: https://www.flickr.com Klaus Hiltscher. License: All Rights Reserved.

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