Classic Post-Punk Single of The Day: Pete Shelley’s “Homosapien”

Pete Shelley Homosapien
“And You Know We’re Homosapien, Too”

On This Date in 1981: Pete Shelley released his first post-Buzzcocks single, the very fun dance hit “Homosapien.” The single did not chart in the UK, helped in great part by a BBC ban on the song because of its underlying reference to homosexuality. By the late ’80s, Shelley had re-formed the classic lineup of The Buzzcocks for some touring and, soon after, a new Buzzcocks was created with Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle forming the core. They still record and perform today. I interviewed Pete Shelley a number of years ago and was quite amused when he told me that he’d never been employed outside of music because, “Having a day job is something I just can’t get my head around.”

Thanks to The P5 Blogspot: This Day in 80s Music for the tip!

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  1. I love this song. I have the album and the 12 inch record. I saw him at City Gardens around 1982 and saw the reunion of the classic lineup at The New Ritz in 1989. Always entertaining.

  2. I’ve been digging on 1981 lately. It was a great year for music, that transitory moment punk and pop went from making eyes at each other in clubs to becoming an “item.”

    Also 1981: Beauty and the Beat, Talk Talk Talk, East Side Story and Prince Charming.

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