Buzzcocks – Why Can’t I Touch It

This song is tight and very likable right off the bat. The band was punk but with a pop sensibility…a great combination.

The song didn’t appear on a studio album….it was the B side to Everybody’s Happy Nowadays. The single peaked at #29 in the UK in 1979. This is too good to be a B side…the song has been included on movie soundtracks and The Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series video game. It also was featured on  Entourage in 2009.

The Buzzcocks formed in Bolton, England in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto.  They chose the name Buzzcocks after reading the headline, “It’s the Buzz, Cock!”, in a review of the TV series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. The “buzz” is the excitement of playing on stage; “cock” is northern English slang meaning friend.

Why Can’t I Touch It was written by Steve Diggle, Steve Garvey, John Maher, and Pete Shelley.

Why Can’t I Touch It

Well, it seems so real I can see it
And it seems so real I can feel it
And it seems so real I can taste it
And it seems so real I can hear it

So why can’t I touch it?
So why can’t I touch it?

But then it looks so real I can see it
And it feels so real I can feel it
And it tastes so real I can taste it
And it sounds so real I can hear it

So why can’t I touch it?
So why can’t I touch it?

Then it looks so real I can feel it
And it feels so real I can taste it
And it tastes so real I can hear it
And it sounds so real I can see it

So why can’t I touch it?
So why can’t I touch it?

Now, it is so real I can see it
And it is so real I can feel it
And it is so real I can hear it
And it is so real I can be it

So why can’t I touch it?
So why can’t I touch it?

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

15 thoughts on “Buzzcocks – Why Can’t I Touch It”

  1. not half bad. I noticed ‘John Maher’ in the writing credits and wondered if that was ‘Johnny Marr’ as that’s Marr’s birthname, but found it’s another case of two with same name… Maher was their drummer. usually you only hear of Shelley and Devoto of their members.

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    1. And….don’t forget…Steve Garvey! I did a double take on his name lol. I don’t think he was in the band and did his other job as the first baseman of the Dodgers.

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