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Classic New Wave Single of The Day: Wreckless Eric’s “Whole Wide World”

On This Date in 1977:  Stiff Records’ artist Wreckless Eric released his debut single, “Whole Wide World.” Ian Dury (RIP) played drums on the record and Nick Lowe played bass.

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Classic New Wave Single of the Day: The Normal’s “T.V.O.D.”

On This Date in 1978: The Normal released its only single, “T.V.O.D.” backed by “Warm Leatherette” – which, at least in the circles I ran in back in the day, was as big a “hit” as the A side. The Normal was really just a solo project by London film student Daniel Miller, who went on to form Mute Records. Distinguished by Miller’s monotone vocals and minimal, electronic beats, both songs deal lyrically with fairly bizarre fetish behaviors. “T.V.O.D” tells of a person who inserts a Television aerial (antennae) into his veins, literally overdosing on TV signals. “Warm Leatherette” – like David Cronenberg’s 1996 film, Crash – is about a guy who gets off by having sex in the aftermath of a fatal car crash. If this post has piqued your curiosity at all, you can download a ringtone of “Warm Leatherette” at this link.

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Classic Eighties Single of The Day: The Smiths’ “What Difference Does It Make?”

But I’m Still Fond of You, Whoa Oh…

On This Date in 1984: The Smiths released their fourth single, “What Difference Does It Make?” with a B-side of “Back To The Old House.” This song was my first introduction to The Smiths, a band that immediately became my over-the-top favorite band at the time. I was lucky to see The Smiths in concert probably three times (memory a bit fuzzy) and I still try to see Morrissey perform whenever he passes through NYC with his band. The Smiths’ music will always be very heartfelt to me. A bit of trivia about the photo sleeve (above) for this single: the original featured a still of actor Terence Stamp from the film The Collector. Later, when The Smiths were forced to change the photo due to a permission issue, they recreated the shot with Morrissey standing in for Stamp. In the recreation, Morrissey is holding a glass of milk, as opposed to a chloroform pad that Stamp holds in the original. Eventually, Terence Stamp allowed the photo of him to be used. The covers featuring Morrissey are now a very rare collectors item!

So, What Difference Does It Make?

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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.”

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