ARTIST: Pete Shelley
YEAR RELEASED: 1981
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Homosapien (#14 US Dance), I Don’t Know What It Is
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not unless you bought it.
LINEUP: Pete Shelley and Martin Rushent
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The Buzzcocks break apart demoing Shelley’s songs, so he and producer Rushent record them (and some older ones) in a more electronic and dance vein than the Buzzcocks ever dreamed about.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Some eagle eyed MTV viewers remember the Homosapien video, which caused some snickers in some ill-informed locker rooms. It’s a catchy tune and definitely got some dance play. The rest of the album is decent for the most part. Nothing is as memorable as the initial single but Shelley’s electronics experiment is pretty successful.
If you’re expecting the Buzzcocks, don’t be. If you like early New Order / Depeche Mode type stuff you’d dig this.
NOTES & MINUTAE: Homosapien was banned by the BBC for ‘promoting homosexuality’. Shelley came out as a bisexual at that time. The BBC was a bunch of prudes then.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. This has the singles B sides (which were on the US version of the record), and a dub mix of the title track. I’m not a fan of the dub mix but I bet it worked well in the club,
GRADE: B. Good solid album with a great single