"Whatever Happened To?" as written by Peter Shelley and Alan Dial....
Whatever happened to twin sets?
Whatever happened to hi-fi?
Whatever happened to TV sex?
Whatever happened to you and I?

Your passion is a product of highlight and detail
That come-hither look, bonus offer retail

Whatever happened to pick-up trucks?
Whatever happened to yellow pages?
Whatever happened to burning books?
Whatever happened to new ages?

Your emotions are cheap, cut-price cash-and-carry
You wear your heart on your sleeve for any Tom, Dick or Harry

Your love is a cashed-in cheque
Oh, oh, that's the way of all flesh

Whatever happened to Chairman Mao?
Whatever happened to God above?
Whatever happened to the cow?
Whatever happened to plug-in love?

Your pasteurized life so fit for consumption
Ooh, those undressing eyes, so strictly commercial

Your love is a cashed-in cheque
Oh, oh, that's the way of all flesh
All flesh
All flesh


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"Whatever Happened To?" as written by Peter Shelley Alan Dial

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    General CommentWow, there's hardly any comments on Buzzcocks songs! Anyway. This is a good song.
    Whatsername1251on June 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI interpret it as being a criticism of (and comment on) commercialisation, particularly that of emotions, sex, relationships etc.

    I don't understand the 'cow' bit though. Maybe it's just a rhyme for 'Mao'.
    yewbarrowon May 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe Cow is bound to be the name of a pub. Cmoplaining about how a place you had loads of memories of turning into a family friendly pub with swings / Harvester / Gastro Pub with a pretentious name (delete as appropriate) is one of the mores of modern life in the UK
    piersyon October 12, 2009   Link

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