PLANT explores Malcolm Garrett’s classic Buzzcocks designs

The Fizzing at the Terminals exhibition presents Malcolm Garrett’s classic designs for Buzzcocks from the early period – including Malcolm’s first ever design for Buzzcocks, the ‘Love Battery’ poster for a gig in May 1977 (featuring the ‘Fizzing at the Teminals’ lyric); the famed ‘Orgasm Addict’ record sleeve that featured in the V&A’s Postmodernism exhibition; the Constructivist-inspired sleeve for ‘A Different Kind of Tension’ – right through to the cover for ‘Buzzcocks, The Complete History’, the updated biography by Tony McGartland published in 2017.

The exhibition is the centrepiece of a “four-track EP of events” on the theme of Fizzing at the Terminals. The four events are a celebratory Buzzcocksgig and a series of exhibitions to mark 40 years since the release of ‘Orgasm Addict’ by Manchester punk legends Buzzcocks, and its iconic record sleeve designed by Malcolm Garrett, then still a student at Manchester School of Art.

The wider Design Manchester festival programme offers more than 50 events, spearheaded by a one-day conference of ideas and inspiration features internationally celebrated and influential speakers from design heavyweights Pentagram, Creative Review and OMA showing an insight into their creative work spanning brand, architecture, film, typography and service design.

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant