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Different Kind of Tension
Buzzcocks
Different Kind of Tension
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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2008 digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the Buzzcocks' 1979 album with bonus tracks plus a second disc filled with even more bonus material! A Different Kind of Tension pulls together all the associated si...  more »

      
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All Artists: Buzzcocks
Title: Different Kind of Tension
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Nettwerk Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1979
Re-Release Date: 11/20/2001
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Different Kind of Tension (Spec), Different Kind of Tension (Spkg)
UPCs: 067003024723, 044797500916, 044797500947

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Album Description
2008 digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the Buzzcocks' 1979 album with bonus tracks plus a second disc filled with even more bonus material! A Different Kind of Tension pulls together all the associated singles - five of them, including Parts 1-3 recorded with Martin Hannett and later collected on an American mini-album - as well as the last track the group recorded in their first incarnation: "I Look Alone". As an added bonus, there is a whole disc of demos from the period, including several hard to find songs like "The Drive System", "Jesus Made Me Feel Guilty", and Paddy Garvey's heart-rending "Run Away From Home". The set is rounded off with four BBC recordings from the period, including an early outing for "Everybody's Happy Nowadays". EMI.

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Their best
Edward Bosnar | 03/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
I almost forgot...
jeffb47 | 05/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"...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."
The Greatest Punk/ Pop Band of the 70's
Alfred A Curtis | Cape Cod, MA | 05/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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!"