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A Different Kind of Tension


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Buzzcocks' 1979 album A Different Kind of Tension may have been released the same year as Singles Going Steady, but it is a different shape of beast to Singles. For a start it was recorded intentionally as an album rather than cobbled together by a naive U.S. label in search of punk dollar. Track three is "You Say You Don't Love Me" which automatically rates the album a straight 10, but there are other objects d'interest up in this sweet, sweet bastard of a record.

By this point, on their third studio album proper, Pete Shelley was firmly entrenched as the band's driving creative forceyet songs by Steve Diggle like "Sitting Round at Home" and "You Know You Can't Help It" are rough-hewn gems in the catalogue worth seeking out. For the most part, as for majority of their output, the songs are short, sharp, punk-pop shocks that electrify and energizeand while their formula may have been perceived by some as tired by this point, the band would continue on in various incarnations right up until the present day. Even now, with Shelley gone, Diggle has chosen to keep pushing Buzzcocks into the future. The eternal teenagers somehow continue their path, unswerving, and it's a beautiful thing to both reflect on and behold. (

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