Song: You Say You Don’t Love Me
Band: The Buzzcocks
The Manchester band’s zeitgeist is often expressed in abrasively energetic power pop. Much of their early material perfectly captures the anguished confusion of teenage angst. You Say You Don’t Love Me hails from the band’s third studio release, 1979’s A Different Kind of Tension. Here the band’s classic twin guitar attack is nicely rounded out by a superbly emotive and economical bass line that drives the message home. It’s one of the more plaintive and relatively soft-edged Buzzcock tunes you’ll ever run across. It’s also, among a slew of great, briskly executed classics, one of their finest songs. Here’s a live vid of the song performed ten years after its initial release; for contrast, check out this much more recent version. Props to this seminal band for their gritty integrity and longevity.
Posted by Max MacDonald