A Different Kind of Tension

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A Different Kind of Tension
Studio album by Buzzcocks
Released September 1979
Recorded 1979 at Eden Studios, London, England
Genre Punk rock, pop punk, power pop
Length 40:04
Label United Artists
Producer Martin Rushent
Buzzcocks chronology
Love Bites
(1978)
A Different Kind of Tension
(1979)
Trade Test Transmissions
(1993)

A Different Kind of Tension is the third studio album by English pop punk band Buzzcocks. It was released in September 1979, through United Artists Records. It charted at number 26 in the United Kingdom[1] and number 163 in the United States.[2]

Recording and production[edit]

A Different Kind of Tension, under the guidance of English record producer Martin Rushent and the management of Richard Boon, was recorded at Eden Studios, mixed at Genetic Sound, mastered by George Peckham at Portland Recording Studio, and published worldwide in vinyl LP format in 1979 and 1980 through United Artists Records, EMI, and I.R.S. Records.[3] The album was subsequently reissued many times, and first released in CD format in 1989 by I.R.S. featuring the 1981 6-track promo EP Pts. 1–3. This same version was remastered in 1992. In 2008 (Europe) and 2010 (US) EMI and Mute Records released a 2-CD remestered version of the album featuring its associated singles, demo recordings, and the band John Peel's BBC Radio 1 shows of 23 November 1978 (recorded on 18 November 1978) and 28 May 1979 (recorded on 21 May 1979).

Album cover[edit]

The sleeve features a photograph of the band by Jill Furmanovsky[3] taken on Westminster Bridge[citation needed] amongst a montage of triangles. This continued the artistic theme established by Malcolm Garrett on the covers of Another Music in a Different Kitchen (squares) and Love Bites (circles).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Pete Shelley, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Paradise"     2:23
2. "Sitting Around at Home"   Steve Diggle 2:38
3. "You Say You Don't Love Me"     2:55
4. "You Know You Can't Help It"   Diggle 2:22
5. "Mad Mad Judy"   Diggle 3:35
6. "Raison D'etre"     3:32
7. "I Don't Know What to Do with My Life"     2:43
8. "Money"     2:45
9. "Hollow Inside"     4:46
10. "A Different Kind of Tension"     4:39
11. "I Believe"     7:09
12. "Radio Nine"     0:41

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau B+[5]
Rolling Stone mixed (1980)[6]
4/5 stars (2010)[7]
Smash Hits 7/10[8]
Uncut 3/5 stars[9]

In their review of the reissues of the band's first three albums, Rolling Stone called A Different Kind of Tension "the best of these three".[7]

Personnel[edit]

Buzzcocks
Production
  • Kevin Cummins – photography (Shelley)
  • Jill Furmanovsky – photography (group)
  • Peter Monks – photography (Maher)
  • Gervaise Soeurouge – photography (Garvey)
  • Judith Wrightson – photography (Diggle)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[1] 26
US Billboard 200[2] 163

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Official Charts Company – Buzzcocks". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Buzzcocks – Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Buzzcocks (1979). A Different Kind of Tension at Discogs. United Artists Records – UAG 30260
  4. ^ Raggett, Ned. "A Different Kind of Tension". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Buzzcocks". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Gilmore, Mikal (29 May 1980). "Buzzcocks". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Dolan, Jon (11 May 2010). "The Buzzcocks". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (18–31 October 1979): 29. 
  9. ^ Cavanagh, David. "Album Reissues: The Buzzcocks – Another Music In A Different Kitchen". uncut.co.uk. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 

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