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Different Kind of Tension Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Paradise
  2. Sitting Round At Home
  3. You Say You Don't Love Me
  4. You Know You Can't Help It
  5. Mad Mad Judy
  6. Raison D'etre
  7. I Don't Know What To Do With My Life
  8. Money
  9. Hollow Inside
  10. A Different Kind Of Tension
  11. I Believe
  12. Radio Nine


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 20, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B00005RGKP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Usually a band's last album before its members part ways is considered their weakest. That's not the case here: "A Different Kind of Tension" is in my view their best effort by far, even better than their otherwise outstanding and frequently lauded "Singles Going Steady." The album's twelve tracks are an outstanding mix of post-punk standards, like "Mad, Mad Judy," "You Say You Don't Love Me" and "I Don't Know What to do with My Life," and more experimental songs like "Money," "Hollow Inside" and "I Believe" - the type of songs which often earned the Buzzcocks the misleading classification as an `art-rock' group. It's nice that the recording company re-released this CD; it's great to listen to it on something other than the overplayed and now-grainy cassette I used before.
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By A Customer on May 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
...what a great album this is. This is definitive pop punk, sweaty and hard rocking. I call it happy punk, which is a relative term. Though full of angst and confusion of the times The Buzzcocks were not one of those F*-this and F*-that nihilistic type of punk bands. You pogo dance to it, you don't slam dance.
This could possible be one of the 10 best albums of all time.
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When the needle drops on the furiously-paced opening song "Paradise," you can tell at once that things are both very good and very bad in the Buzzcocks camp. This was a band beginning to splinter, yet they pulled it together in the studio regardless of tensions and runaway drug and alcohol consumption. Fusing their pop chops with a love of hyperactive krautrock grooves hatched songs like "Sitting Round At Home," "Hollow Inside" and the burning seven-minute closer "I Believe." Shelley's songwriting is at once getting more expansive and more opaque -- several songs are populated with opposing phrases and imagery, a critique of existence and its contradictory nature. This reaches its zenith with the title track, where Shelley trades statements like "save money" with a robotic, synthesized counter-voice that replies with "spend money."

"A Different Kind Of Tension" is not the fractured sonic experience that the band's inner turmoil might lead you to believe, if anything they are at the peak of their melodic powers on songs like "You Say You Don't Love Me" and rhythm workouts like "Raison D'etre," which even takes a short trip into bent-note psychedelia with its longer-than-usual guitar solo.

The sound collage "Radio Nine" ends things on a slightly anticlimactic note after this run of fantastic tracks, but that's a small quibble. It also alludes to two of their biggest non-album singles from this time period, "Everybody's Happy Nowadays" and the existential musing of "Why Can't I Touch It?
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I honestly believed that Pete Shelley would be a a true successor to John Lennon in the annals of Pop when I first heard the Buzzcocks. This is a band that took a rather caustic musical form (punk) and made it beautiful. Along with XTC, (the best band of ALL TIME; I'm not kidding!) Buzzcocks epitomized the feel and sound of the late 70's in a way that no one has before or since. I first heard "A Diffrent Kind of Tension" just a few months after Lennon's murder. When Pete sings "THERE IS NO LOVE IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE" ("I Believe") no disbelief is possible. The emotion is so real and honest it still give s me goosebumps almost 25 years later. The essence of punk was anger but the essence of the Buzzcocks was LOVE. I play a slow accoustic version of "You Say You Don't Love Me" in local clubs people always ask me who wrote it. I tell them "Pete Shelley". When they ask me where he is now I can only shake my head. I'm almost 50 and I've heard it all. BUY THIS ALBUM!
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Circa 1979, things are looking grim for the Buzzcocks. Personal tensions, relentless touring, mounting pressure from the music industry, exhaustion (3 albums in 2 years, plus a steady stream of excellent singles), and a ridiculous amount of drugs (especially acid) and alcohol were starting to take its toll on the band. Shelley and Diggle were no longer speaking to each other, and the former was nearing a complete mental breakdown. Their demise seemed all but inevitable. On this record, one can easily see the cracks beginning to form, pointing to the eventual implosion of the band.

All that being said, this album is not as bad as the above factoids might suggest. In fact, some of the band's best and most creative tracks can be found on here. Songs like "Paradise", "Raison D'etre", "Sitting Round At Home", and "I Don't Know What To Do With My Life" are highly melodic, speedy, hook-laden pop-punk rave-ups which later bands like Green Day clearly learned a lot from. Those who were disappointed with Love Bites (one of their best, in my opinion) will certainly be pleased to hear these tracks, as they hearken back to the high energy approach of Another Music in a Different Kitchen while also welding it to the punchy melodic pop of Love Bites, striking a perfect balance between the two. "You Say You Don't Love Me" is another standout, which never fails to tear at my heart-strings. You can really hear Shelley's pain on this one, with emotional guitar licks complimenting the raw heartache and hurt feelings expressed in the lyrics.

Steve Diggle also has a stronger presence on this record than previous ones, offering up "Mad Mad Judy", "You Know You Can't Help It", and the aforementioned "Sitting Round At Home", which is very thrashy and could almost pass for hardcore punk.
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