6 thoughts on “Howard Devoto, Musical Genius”

  1. absolutely fucking adore the music of Magazine. Been listening to it for absolute ages and just wish there was more. Howard Devoto is an icon – rave on forever.

  2. Absolutely. I discovered his work in ’78 and love Buzzcocks and Magazine to this day. brilliant lyrics performed with irony and wit. Sophisticated venom! Inventive music. respect!

  3. I discovered Devoto’s work in ’78 and love Buzzcocks and Magazine to this day. brilliant lyrics performed with irony and wit. Sophisticated venom! Inventive music. respect!

    “Burst” is a track I can almost “dream” with nostalgia as it goes back to my early teenage years.

  4. “Secondhand Daylight”-the second Magazine album-is as complete and satisfying work as Ive ever heard.Lavishly produced,beautifully recorded,it perfectly showcases Devoto’s lyrical wit and waywardness.This album,for me,left Punk Rock for dead.

  5. Song From Under The Floorboards rules. I just read a 1980 review by one Sandy Robertson complaining that the opening line is self-indulgent, self-pity disguised as philosophy, “typical of Devoto”.

    Er no, Sandy – it’s a direct paraphrase of the opening paragraph of Dostoevsky’s Notes From Underground.

  6. Magazine are such a great band…i remember queuing outside Manchester virgin Records to get Secondhand Daylight…what a great album…the bass playing is so aggresively sexual and sinister and Devoto articulated my feelings of being a ghost! particularly love Feed the Enemy and Cut-Out Shapes

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