Buzzcocks
Another Music in a Different Kitchen


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
November 18th, 2009 | 12 replies | 6,354 views


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellent debut from a band that is underappreciated and not well-known outside of the UK.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

If you were asked to name influential punk bands from the 1970’s, what would you say? The Ramones? Sex Pistols? The Clash? No matter which punk band you name, the Buzzcocks aren’t likely to come up. Although somewhat unknown, the Buzzcocks were one of the most significant and influential punk bands of all-time. They had an impact on not only the punk genre, but on several others. Just to get a taste of how prominent the Buzzocks truly were, Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder hints the Buzzcocks as one of their major influences. “If it weren’t for the Buzzcocks, who knows we might sound like Good Charlotte or something.” Not to say that Pearl Jam and the Buzzcocks are in the least bit similar.

These punk rockers from Manchester, England came upon the music scene late in the 1970’s along with the Ramones, The Clash, and Sex Pistols, releasing the EP “Spiral Scratch” in 1977. A year later, the Buzzcocks completed their first full-length record, “Another Music in a Different Kitchen.” Their sound was somewhat typical of a classic punk band; accelerated pace, simple chord progressions, fiery leads, and high-pitched vocals, all complemented by catchy pop-hooks. The 44-minute debut “Another Music in a Different Kitchen” was compiled of 15 tracks, several of which are among the band’s best work. Although most of the songs are just over two minutes long, Moving Away from the Pulsebeat clocks in at over five minutes, displaying the band’s ability to expand.

Pete Shelley isn’t your ordinary punk vocalist. His voice is unusually high and quirky, both lacking the edge of Iggy Pop and the raspy style of Johnny Rotten. This doesn’t make Shelley any worse of a vocalist, although at times it is hard to take him seriously. In the album’s opening track, Shelley exclaims, “Sooner or later, you’re gonna listen to Ralph Nader. I don’t wanna cause a fuss, but fast cars are so dangerous!” Shelly’s quirkiness is the major factor in what gives the Buzzcocks their pop frame, but doesn’t entirely define their sound. Guitarist Steve Diggle was also instrumental in the band’s success, and served as a key creative outlet for the band. Diggle’s leads were often quick and simple, but supplied the record with even more quirkiness.

“Another Music in a Different Kitchen” is at times extremely catchy, which is directly displayed in I Don’t Mind. Shelley is at his best, ranging from a calming tone to his trademark sharp annunciation. The band even provides some backing “oo-oo-oo’s,” which aren’t a far cry from the Ramones’ group singing. The opener Fast Cars, lives up to its name with the accelerate pace, but doesn’t disappoint to provide some variety in the form of bass interludes. Autonomy is featured on their “Singles Going Steady” compilation and rightfully so, for it is clearly one of the album’s best. Autonomy features potentially the best and most complex riff on “Another Music in a Different Kitchen,” and is quite catchy with Shelley singing, “I…I want you. Autonomy.” This somewhat typical punk record however, is thrown for a loop with Moving Away From the Pulsebeat, which features long instrumental sections courtesy of Steve Diggle. This is by far the record’s most diverse track and is almost groundbreaking in the punk genre. After the song fades out around the five minute mark however, we are stunned with an instrumental reprise of Fast Cars.

The Buzzcocks even have a blast with Orgasm Addict, which is exactly what it sounds like. The track is a bit humorous, especially with Shelley moaning after the chorus. Oh Shit serves along these lines as well; this one and a half minute closer is fiery and amusing, “Oh shit I wish I’d known by now, oh shit that you were such a f****** cow!” The penultimate song What Do I Get? is another that is featured on “Singles Going Steady,” and epitomizes the catchiness and accessibility of the record. It is one of the better songs the band has to offer, despite its simplicity.

“Another Music in a Different Kitchen” is an excellent record that should be enjoyed by any fan of punk rock. The Buzzcocks debut is just further evidence that the band is highly underrated and underappreciated; seeing as the impact the band has made.

Recommended Tracks:
I Don’t Mind
Autonomy
Moving Away From the Pulsebeat
Orgasm Addict
What Do I Get?



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EVedder27
November 18th 2009



6088 Comments


Alright so apparently this record has two different versions, one having 11 tracks and the other having 15. I'll add another paragraph.

EDIT: fixed.

#25!

Douchebag
November 18th 2009



3624 Comments


I'll have to say that even though i'm heavily influenced by the 70's punk scene, I only know "the" buzzcocks single, but yeah these guys are good.

Titan50
November 19th 2009



4588 Comments


underappreciated and virtually unknown.


Really really no

STOP SHOUTING!
November 19th 2009



631 Comments


Very well known in the UK.

Roach
November 19th 2009



2149 Comments


never mind the buzzcocks the show is so fucking good, simon amstell is so gr8

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 19th 2009



3762 Comments


Very very nice to see this reviewed.

And yeah Nevermind The Buzzcocks is like the greatest music show ever.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

EVedder27
November 19th 2009



6088 Comments


I should say virtually unknown in the US. I would say 19/20 people have never heard of them here.

Titan50
November 19th 2009



4588 Comments


I fucking love Simon Amstell

RobotFrank
November 19th 2009



344 Comments


We seem to have a cross-section of the things we like to review. Because of this, I tend to pick up on your name when surveying what's new. Another good one, EVedd.

EVedder27
November 19th 2009



6088 Comments


Thanks RobotFrank.

Frobenius
November 19th 2009



97 Comments


I love these d000ds. Great review btw.

EVedder27
November 20th 2009



6088 Comments


Thanks, may be seeing a discography from me since most of their albums aren't reviewed.



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