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A Different Kind of Tension

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Released  September 1979
Length  40:04
Release date  September 1979
Label  United Artists Records
Recorded  1979
Artist  Buzzcocks
Producer  Martin Rushent
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Studio  Eden Studios, London, England
A Different Kind of Tension (1979)  Operator's Manual Buzzcocks Best (1991)
Genres  Punk rock, Pop punk, Power pop
Similar  Buzzcocks albums, Punk rock albums

Buzzcocks a different kind of tension

A Different Kind of Tension is the third studio album by English punk rock band Buzzcocks. It was released in September 1979 by record label United Artists.


It charted at number 26 in the United Kingdom and number 163 in the United States.

Buzzcocks a different kind of tension

Recording and production

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. 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 remastered 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

The sleeve features a photograph of the band by Jill Furmanovsky 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).

Critical reception

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". Uncut magazine observed that the album was divided between an unsurprisingly punk-flavoured first half and an experimental second half which harkened to the future.

Track listing

All tracks written by Pete Shelley, except where noted.


  • Pete Shelley – guitar, vocals, keyboards
  • Steve Diggle – guitar, vocals
  • Steve Garvey – bass guitar
  • John Maher – drums
  • George Peckham – mastering
  • Richard Boon – management
  • Malcolm Garrett – artwork
  • Kevin Cummins – photography (Shelley)
  • Jill Furmanovsky – photography (group)
  • Peter Monks – photography (Maher)
  • Gervaise Soeurouge – photography (Garvey)
  • Judith Wrightson – photography (Diggle)
  • Songs

    2Sitting Round at Home2:42
    3You Say You Don’t Love Me2:54


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