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?