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

  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.

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  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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