Archive | Apr 24, 2019

Certain Songs #1518: Pete Shelley – “Homosapien”

Album: Homosapien
Year: 1981

Pete Shelley had a long, interesting and pretty great career.

When he died at the end of last year, most of the focus was on his long career with the Buzzcocks, who were, if not the first British punk band to successfully yoke pure pop with loud fuzzy guitars, were most certainly the greatest, their initial run lionized forever, but their second act st

But after he died, I was reminded that the Buzzcocks were way more than Singles Going Steady — their albums were often weird and experimental, contrasting the pure pop songs with more formal sonic experiments, culminating with A Different Kind of Tension, and the wildly disparate singles that followed it.