Influential British punk band Buzzcocks have annouced, via their record label Domino, a special limited edition 40th anniversary reissue of their debut EP ‘Spiral Scratch’ on 27th January 2017.
Originally released on the band’s own New Hormones label and recorded in late 1976 at Indigo Sound Studios in Manchester, using money borrowed from friends and family. The EP is the first independently produced punk record by a British band.
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‘Spiral Scratch’ is widely considered to be one of the catalysts for the rise in independent record labels and is cited by some music historians as being as important a release as Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the UK”, released two months earlier as it demystified the recording process and showed other punk bands that they didn’t have to wait for major label interest. They could successfully record and release their music themselves.
The seven-inch special edition will be limited to 300 copies worldwide and will feature the original press release as an insert. To celebrate the EP’s reissue as well as the reissue of official full length bootleg ‘Times Up’ and a combined box set called ‘Buzzcocks (MK. 1) Box’, which includes a plethora of memorabilia from the time, Domino also shared a video of ‘Breakdown’, which features on both releases. The video features rarely seen footage of the band’s shows at the Manchester Lesser Trade Hall in 1976.
‘Spiral Scratch’ is available to pre-order via Domino‘s website now.