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Baker's Dozen

Foundations Of Rock: Buzzcock Steve Diggle's Baker's Dozen
Stephanie Phillips , January 20th, 2021 10:40

Steve Diggle guides Stephanie Phillips through the records that shaped him, from the girl across the road who introduced him to The Beatles and Bob Dylan to the sensual allure of late era Supremes


The Clash - 'Complete Control'
We did the White Riot tour with The Clash back in 1977 when punk was just really kicking in, and making an impact. ['Complete Control'] is just a great record. You put that on and it's like putting your fingers in in a plug socket. That's 1977 for me. That song seems to sum up a lot of that era.

We became good mates with The Clash. We were all the school of '76, but I loved The Clash, I was a fan as well. That was kind of weird because we're both contemporaries. When we were in the same dressing room, I didn't want to lose that little tingle down the back of my spine. I thought this is ridiculous, they're just guys like me. If I wasn't in The Buzzcocks I'd want to be in The Clash.

I wrote a song called 'Autonomy' and Joe Strummer came up to me after a show in Sheffield and says, “You wrote 'Autonomy', that's my favourite song on the album,” and gave me a big hug. That was a great moment. I think they tried to cover it. They used to do some of our songs in their soundcheck when we were on tour. I never heard them; I was just told. I think when we got there they'd probably stopped.