Punk rock was still on the up when The Buzzcocks made their debut album. They had already made a major impact on the direction of music and the future 'indie' culture with their debut EP, but had also undergone significant line-up changes. Like all their recordings, the album achieved a modest but assured chart placing, a consequence of their uncompromising attitude. 'Another Music' is a collection of songs that offer extreme opposition to prevailing attitudes. So, there have been some great car rock songs, but when Pete Shelley sings, 'Fast cars are so vicious', he offers a previously untold perspective. His 'love' songs too debunk the notion of spurned teenage love in sensitive terms. His victims are violently bitter.
'I Don't Mind', the single, neatly encapsulates the calm before the storm. 'Love Battery' is uncontrollably sexual and 'Sixteen' rails against the cultural status quo. The second side of the LP proved to be the album's secret weapon. While the first side consists of short songs in similar format to their singles, the later songs tend to be longer and better-crafted without losing their edge. The 'Moving Away From The Pulsebeat' climax is quite distinct from everything else. John Maher, an exceptional drummer, dominates this track with his incessant drum patterns.
I disagree with those who find fault with the production. This is a sleek, exciting, yet razor-sharp album. The sound is spot-on. 'Orgasm Addict/'Whatever Happened To' is slightly out of place as a bonus track, being rougher in sound, but it's worth its inclusion, simply because it's so good. The other single was cut from a similar cloth to the album. The Buzzcocks may not, collectively, have been great musicians, but their spirit and independence contributed to make this a classic album.