Shot by Both Sides (4:01)

Cover of Rays and Hail 1978-1981

From Rays and Hail 1978-1981 and 64 other releases

“Shot By Both Sides” is a song written by Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley and performed by the English post punk band Magazine, which appeared on their debut album Real Life in 1978 and was released as a single in the same year, reaching #41 on the UK charts.

The name of the song comes from a political argument between Devoto and his girlfriend, in which she said to him: “Oh, you’ll end up shot by both sides.”

“Shot By Both Sides” has been played live by various artists, including Radiohead, Mansun and Jarvis Cocker.


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  • Infernatic

    You will never hear this for the first time ever again. How does that feel?

    7 May 2014 Reply
  • nicorebel

    classic tune (2)

    4 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Daxter1962

    Fabulous. Havent heard this for such a long time.

    2 Mar 2014 Reply
  • flamengulfing

    that climax is ridiculous

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • sambattye

    dat riff

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • smallartist

    So glad I caught these guys live.

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    classic tune, seen them live. woo hoo!

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • interncom

    has sub3000 organized a flashmob yet?

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Phyllobius

    Even Muse ripped this off.

    8 Nov 2012 Reply
  • sub3000

    Studio version please. This deserves better presentation

    5 Oct 2012 Reply
  • QuirkyKiwi

    To the folks saying it sounds like The Buzzcocks, well that's because the band was founded by former Buzzcocks singer Howard Devoto, if you bothered reading the Bio!

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Zoonie

    Oh good lord, I'm with everyone saying 'Replace with the original please'. Very much a 'you had to be there' experience, I think

    18 Jul 2012 Reply
  • sueseas

    I love this song, and it sounds like this was a good live performance, too, but the audio recording quality makes it painful to listen to.

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • lorendefect

    I was thinking the Weirdos!, but yeah I agree

    9 May 2012 Reply
  • Watamelonmofo

    Yes I knew I wasn't hearing things..It does sound like the Buzzcocks.

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • MyDeadSpaces

    little bit Buzzcocks in it

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • lorendefect

    I'm Not Like You

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • in2thesea123

    one of the greatest bands ever, a wonderful post punk pleasure, never got enough recognition.

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • phil7592

    brilliant guitar of John Mc Geogh - great song and fantastic band - one of the best post punk band very high over the others

    19 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Dankel50

    I love the guitar on this song

    13 Jan 2012 Reply
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