Though often overshadowed by Pete Shelley’s, Diggle’s contributions to The Buzzcocks songbook have been immense.
Steve Diggle And The Revolution Of Sound: Air Conditioning
Angry broadsides from Buzzcocks’ other frontman.
His rocking realist counterpoints to the latter’s romanticism have also steered his 80s outfit Flag Of Convenience and a fitful solo career.
Here, drawing strength from core 60s influences – Dylan, Kinks , The Who – and righteously inflamed about everything from pop’s love of cheap sweet nothings (Plastic Kisses) to the perilous state of the universe he is newly energised. Riff rich firepower – the Townsend windmills of World Spinning Round – and tumultuous, trash frenzied love songs are a speciality, even quoting his own Harmony In My Head on Hey Maria.
Cogent and refreshing with an uplifting bullshit free attitude Air Conditioning does what its title claims, offering a fresh blast to the system where other old punks offer stale air.