Modern

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Unlike most of their first-wave punk rock peers, the Buzzcocks didn't reunite to bury their past nor to capitalize on it. Since getting back together six years ago, founding members Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle have simply gone about creating the kind of music the 'Cocks would have logically grown into, had the 15-year hiatus never occurred. There are nods to the band's past here and there -- the soaring "Speed of Life," for instance, could pass for a LOVE BITES-era B-side -- but MODERN lives up to its title by sidestepping nostalgic muck and gliding into a slightly artier, more mature take on the angst-driven style that they passed down to Green Day. Shelley, as ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Unlike most of their first-wave punk rock peers, the Buzzcocks didn't reunite to bury their past nor to capitalize on it. Since getting back together six years ago, founding members Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle have simply gone about creating the kind of music the 'Cocks would have logically grown into, had the 15-year hiatus never occurred. There are nods to the band's past here and there -- the soaring "Speed of Life," for instance, could pass for a LOVE BITES-era B-side -- but MODERN lives up to its title by sidestepping nostalgic muck and gliding into a slightly artier, more mature take on the angst-driven style that they passed down to Green Day. Shelley, as ever, is the more forceful of the pair, his razor-thin yelp and off-kilter melodic sense battering away on "Why Compromise?" and the titanic "Don't Let the Car Crash." Diggle, meanwhile, provides a regular-bloke counterpoint, not to mention a foothold in old-school rock 'n' roll. This may be your parents' punk rock, but don't sell it short on those grounds.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Despite the punk revival of the '90s, the Buzzcocks operated somewhat under the radar. They were an undeniable influence on many bands, including the chart-topping crossovers Green Day, but they were rarely cited as such, and even though a reunited incarnation of the group was surprisingly strong, their albums and concerts largely went unnoticed. Such was the case for their 1999 album for Go Kart, Modern. The title isn't entirely in jest -- the group tests out some electronics and drum machines, particularly on Steve Diggle's material. These experiments aren't entirely successful, sounding a little forced. Consequently, Diggle's songs sound a little weaker than Pete Shelley's, but when he concentrates on straight-ahead pop-punk -- as he does on "Turn of the Screw" -- the results are quite good. Shelley pretty much follows the straight and narrow throughout Modern, turning in catchy, tightly written punk and pop songs. There are no surprises among his songs, but they're strong and reliable -- good tunes performed with energy by the band. Admittedly, this a minor triumph and nobody will confuse Modern with Singles Going Steady, but the Buzzcocks not only sound better than any of their punk peers on Modern, they sound better than most of the young punk revivalists. And at the very least, that's somewhat noteworthy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • Label: Go Kart
  • UPC: 600773005822
  • Catalog Number: 58

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soul on a Rock (3:59)
  2. 2 Rendezvous (3:35)
  3. 3 Speed of Life (4:32)
  4. 4 Thunder of Hearts (2:56)
  5. 5 Why Compromise? (3:32)
  6. 6 Don't Let the Car Crash (4:28)
  7. 7 Runaround (3:26)
  8. 8 Doesn't Mean Anything (2:48)
  9. 9 Phone (3:02)
  10. 10 Under the Sun (3:31)
  11. 11 Turn of the Screw (2:37)
  12. 12 Sneaky (2:19)
  13. 13 Stranger in Your Town (2:24)
  14. 14 Choices (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buzzcocks Primary Artist
Pete Shelley Guitar, Vocals
Steve Diggle Guitar, Vocals
Tony Barber Bass
Philip Barker Drums
Technical Credits
Chris Blair Mastering
John A. Rivers Engineer
Tony Barber Producer
Derek Fudge Engineer
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