Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" is the quintessential single
from the ultimate English singles band, two minutes and 40 seconds of pop-punk genius that stands up to anything to come out of that scene and has stood the test of time, 32 years on.
The song was inspired by a source about as far from the punk scene as you can get: The line "Ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn't have?" was voiced by actress Vivian Blaine, who played a gangster's moll in the 1955 movie "Guys and Dolls", which starred Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando and was based on the musical of the same name.
The band was watching the movie on TV while on tour in Scotland. The line jumped out, and lead vocalist Pete Shelley came up with the lyrics the next day. The music quickly followed, and the rest is history. It was the band's most successful single, staying in the UK charts for 11 weeks and getting to No. 12.
This clip is from a concert at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall in June 1978. The band, with two original members--guitarists Shelley and Steve Diggle--will perform their first two albums, 1978's Another Music in a Different Kitchen and Love Bites, tonight in their entirety at El Corazon (109 Eastlake Ave.) The Dollyrots and Images open. Doors are at 7. MICHAEL MAHONEY