6/9/17

Buzzcocks - The Tension Tour Live at the Rainbow (1979)




















Initiated just after the release of the bleak but stunning and innovative A Different Kind Of Tension, the Tension tour is remembered to be chaotic and uneven but the first concert at the Rainbow on the 9th November 1979, done between their two consecutive US tours (a complete nonsense that could only drown them a little deeper in the dope trap) and caught by Joan McNulty (see previous post), to be "superb" (the word is from Tony McGartland, the biographer of the band and author of "The Complete History" that is re-released with a freshly completed edition this month). It's true the set is hyper-energetic and that most songs are played in their punkiest versions. Sometimes the band is a little bit out of the road, taking speed for precipitation, and that Pete Shelly forgets some lyrics (on "I Believe") but all in all, it could have been a great Live 4th LP like it was the tradition in the sixties and the seventies, but no more with punk. I won't talk about each song but it's great to hear the ADKOT songs played by the band that had just created them. However, far from being "the new album played live", the new songs only represent 5 from the 17 and this tended to show that the band was not so confident in the potential of these new songs. On a more discographic plan, note that this concert was released in 2 main versions. The first in 2001 under the title of Small Songs With Big Hearts in 2001 and the second under the title of Live Tension in 2002, but the latter with a song missing ("I Don't Know What To Do With My Life") so beware. I included both cover sleeves in the file. Catch it here. You can listen to the concert on the Youtube link below.




























2 comments:

Didier Leman said...

Thanks for this upload from the Buzzocks. I'm starting with this one...
And will see what happens next.

Derek from Paris,

dkelvin said...

It's all good stuff, believe me.
dk