The Buzzcocks

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2002 (The 2003 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2024 (ranked #239) .

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Orgasm Addict (1977)
Ever Fallen in Love (1978)
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Will The Buzzcocks be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


17 comments so far (post your own)

In my mind, The Buzzcocks' rapid fire approach and irreverent and profane lyrics are just as infulential to punk as The Ramones.

Posted by Kit on Wednesday, 04.11.07 @ 23:42pm

And let's be honest, Kit. Singles Going Steady is far more of a fun listen than any Ramones compilation you can assemble.

Posted by Casper on Thursday, 04.12.07 @ 14:50pm

most of the manchester bands have admitted them as influnce, and this can be head through the 'punk' sounds from 80s to now

Posted by liam on Saturday, 09.8.07 @ 16:32pm

it's just a shame about most pop-punk nowadays. especially the stuff that calls itself 'emo'.

Why call it that, of all things?
Is it MTV compensating for the fact that emo-core was one of the few genres that it didn't greatly cash in on?

Posted by liam on Monday, 10.15.07 @ 13:05pm

COudln't we get a page up for that group Magazine. I mnow they're one-hit wonders ("Shot By Both Sides"), and probably won't ever get inducted; but they're still innovative and pretty influential.

Posted by liam on Thursday, 01.3.08 @ 09:35am

Absolutely. Just do the research.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 07.3.10 @ 14:44pm

Yes. Kit, Casper and Liam all pretty much hit the nail on the head so there's not much for me to add here.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 01.23.11 @ 09:59am

Hey guys, theres this comment on Rage Against The Machine page, its just me trolling, nobody here really thinks rock music is evil, I love PJ, but they really did sell-out

Posted by Old PJ Fan on Sunday, 01.23.11 @ 10:26am

Vastly underrated, I mean just read the opening lines of the Buzzcocks' wikipedia page: "They are regarded as an important influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rock, power pop, pop punk and indie rock."

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 02.22.11 @ 10:42am

This is one of my favorite bands. I love their music. But I would say no. They are a very good band with some good songs, but I just don't think they had enough of an impact. They are just a tier below.

Posted by astrodog on Wednesday, 08.3.11 @ 00:16am

Influence: The buzzcocks are an influence on practically all pop punk bands.30
Innovation: Invented pop punk. 30
Commercial Sucess: None, they had a few top 20 hits in the UK but that's it. 0
Critical Respect: The buzzcocks are criticall loved. 20

80, should be in by now.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 10.11.11 @ 14:39pm

Influence is a very nebulous and often misused term. And inventing pop punk is hyperbolic. It's not easy to come up with a mathematical formula, especially with so many subjective elements.

Posted by astrodog on Tuesday, 10.11.11 @ 18:17pm

"Influence is a very nebulous and often misused term."

Maybe, but when an act directly cites you I'd say that counts. To what extent to you consider influence misused? In terms of "subjective elements" I'm curious as to what specifically you're referring to.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 10.30.11 @ 12:03pm

The RnRHOF is heavily America-centric, so it shouldn't be a surprise that the Buzzcocks are not inducted. What a shame.

Posted by Marth on Monday, 01.21.13 @ 18:16pm

Eventually, they will make it. But it might take a shameful six or eight or ten years. For better or worse, I bet they make it in before their punk peers though.

Posted by Paul K on Tuesday, 01.22.13 @ 14:51pm

Deserving, but a lack of success/recognition in the U.S. hurts their cause. A real shame, because I think they're the most fun of the original UK punk bands to listen to.

Posted by Sunking278 on Wednesday, 04.24.13 @ 06:21am

Now the Buzzcocks are in the running for the best Manchester band second to only the Smiths (whom will be inducted or I will personally beat the shit out of Jann Wenner). They ordered their contemporaries to stop putting safety pins in their ears and start learning to play. This eventually was detrimental to the punk genre but the Buzzcocks were brilliant nonetheless.

Posted by jdog on Tuesday, 12.15.15 @ 14:38pm

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