Album: Serious Contender
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Even before Pete Shelley passed away, Steve Diggle was definitely relegated to second banana status, even if his guitar playing as nearly as essential to the success of The Buzzcocks as was Shelley’s voice and guitar. And he did sing lead a couple of their greatest songs: the acoustic rant “Love is Lies,” the swirling “Airwaves Dream” and the immortal “Harmony in My Head,” as well.
That he was essential to the Buzzcocks was clear from the start: outside of Pete Shelley, Diggle was the only member of the Buzzcocks to play on all of their records — a reminder that they reunited in 1989 (I saw them in San Francisco, and they were awesome!) and released several albums from 1993-2014 — and in fact, he’s just released a new album under the Buzzcocks name, which, as of this writing, I still haven’t heard. And I’m not even sure how I feel about hearing it.