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A Different Kind Of Tension (Special Edition)
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, November 20, 2001
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That aforementioned angst rose to the fore on the Buzzcocks' final LP from '79: Hollow Inside; I Believe; You Say You Don't Love Me , and more. You also get their Martin Hannett-produced Parts 1, 2, 3 EP (the last release from their original period); demos of rarities like The Drive System ; BBC tracks including an early Everybody's Happy Nowadays , and more!
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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. His singing is harsher and his songs are less melodic than Shelley's, but fans of "Harmony In My Head" will feel right at home. There is also a nice helping of experimental fare to round everything out, like the 7-minute epic "I Believe", the psychedelic "Hollow Inside", and the contradiction-riddled title track. Some of it works, some doesn't, but it's good to see them spreading their wings a little bit.
After this LP was released, the Buzzcocks would put out 3 more singles (Parts 1-3) before splitting up. Listening to those songs, it was clear that the band had blown more than a few circuits. They were chaotic, unhinged, and mildly disturbing, often sounding like they were recorded on another planet. Thankfully, the band picked themselves back up 7 years later, and are still touring and recording to this day. Trade Test Transmissions and their self-titled album from 2003 are great albums, worthy of the Buzzcocks name and pedigree.
Also check out Singles Going Steady, a 1979 compilation of all the singles they had released up to that point. It contains a lot of the band's best work.