Buzzcocks - Modern

Buzzcocks - Modern
Recording Location:
EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England
British Punk, Punk, Punk/New Wave
Recording Date:
June, 1999
Release Date:
September 7, 1999

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.

Soul on a Rock / Pete ShelleyBuzzcocks3:59
Rendezvous / Pete ShelleyBuzzcocks3:35
Speed of Life / Steve DiggleBuzzcocks4:32
Thunder of Hearts / Pete ShelleyBuzzcocks2:56
Why Compromise? / Pete ShelleyBuzzcocks3:32
Don't Let the Car Crash / Steve DiggleBuzzcocks4:28
Runaround / Pete ShelleyBuzzcocks3:26
Doesn't Mean Anything / Steve DiggleBuzzcocks2:48
Phone / Pete ShelleyBuzzcocks3:02
Under the Sun / Pete ShelleyBuzzcocks3:31
Turn of the Screw / Steve DiggleBuzzcocks2:37
Sneaky / Pete ShelleyBuzzcocks2:19
Stranger in Your Town / Steve DiggleBuzzcocks2:24
Choices / Pete ShelleyBuzzcocks3:30

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