Another Music in a Different Kitchen

Another Music in a Different Kitchen

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General judgment holds the Buzzcocks' peerless singles, the definition of punk-pop at its finest, as the best expression of their work. However, while the singles showcased one particular side of the band, albums like the group's long-playing debut Another Music showcased the foursome's other influences, sometimes brilliantly. The big secret is Shelley's worship of Krautrock's obsessive focus on repetition and rhythm, which transforms what would be "simply" basic punk songs into at-times monstrous epics. The ghost of Can particular hovers even on some of the shorter songs -- unsurprising, given Shelley's worship of that band's guitarist Michael Karoli. "Moving Away From the Pulsebeat" is the best instance of this, with a rumbling Maher rhythm supporting some trancelike guitar lines. As for the sheer rush of pop craziness, Another Music is simply crammed with stellar examples. Lead-off track "Fast Cars" starts with the opening of Spiral Scratch's "Boredom"'s intentionally hilarious two-note solo intact, before ripping into a slightly bemusing critique of the objects in question. Most of the similar tracks on the album may be more distinct for their speed, but Shelley in particular always seems to sneak in at least one astonishing line per song, sometimes on his own and sometimes thanks to Devoto via older cowritten tunes redone for the record. One favorite standout: "All this slurping and sucking -- it's putting me off my food!" on "You Tear Me Up." Top all this off with any number of perfect moments -- the guitar work during the breaks on "Love Battery," the energizing yet nervous coda of "Fiction Romance," the soaring angst throughout "I Don't Mind" -- and Another Music flat out succeeds.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2019
Label: Domino
UPC: 0887830012621
catalogNumber: 300126
Rank: 70959


  1. Fast Cars
  2. No Reply
  3. You Tear Me Up
  4. Get on Our Own
  5. Love Battery
  6. Sixteen
  7. I Don't Mind
  8. Fiction Romance
  9. Autonomy
  10. I Need
  11. Moving Away From the Pulsebeat

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buzzcocks   Primary Artist
Pete Shelley   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Steve Diggle   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Steve Garvey   Bass Guitar,Group Member
John Maher   Drums,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Buzzcocks   Arranger
Howard Devoto   Composer
Pete Shelley   Composer
Doug Bennett   Engineer
Steve Diggle   Composer
Martin Rushent   Producer
Jon Savage   Liner Notes
Malcolm Garrett   Sleeve Design
Stuart Batsford   Reissue Producer
Matthew Cooper   Booklet Design

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