AS 0690 Homosapien
Produced by Martin Rushent & Pete Shelley
Released on August 1981
no chart information
Find it at GEMM
AS 0690 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]
 

S helley’s first legitimate post-Buzzcocks salvo was surprisingly soft club music that featured pumping synths, strummed guitars and Shelley’s earnest if underwhelming voice. Edgy stuff at the time more for the implied subject matter than the music behind it. Although I never warmed to the idea of a Petey Shiney Synthi Shelley, it’s not the radical departure it seems on the surface. Strip away the synthesizers, speed things up a little and you’ve got the makings of another buzzsaw Buzzcocks classic. The B side’s even better (“Guess I Must Have Been In Love With Myself,” a Buzzcocks title if ever there was). As for the lyrical meaning behind “Homosapiens,” you’ll find the answer (maybe) in Mick Sinclair’s 1982 interview with Mr. Shelley.

TRACK LISTING

  1. HOMOSAPIEN
  2. KEATS' SONG

    UK 12-inch single
  3. HOMOSAPIEN (DANCE MIX)
  4. HOMOSAPIEN (ELONGATED DANCE PARTY DUB MIX)

    CAN 7-inch single
  5. HOMOSAPIEN    (Pete Shelley)    3:22
  6. GUESS I MUST HAVE BEEN IN LOVE WITH MYSELF    (Pete Shelley)    3:33

    US 12-inch promo single
  7. HOMOSAPIEN (SPECIAL MIX)
  8. YESTERDAY'S NOT HERE (SPECIAL MIX)
  9. WITNESS THE CHANGE/I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS (EXTENDED COMBO VERSION)

    UK 1982 Island reissue
  10. HOMOSAPIEN
  11. LOVE IN VAIN

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK August 1981 Genetic 7"/12 WIP/12WIP 6720 picture sleeve
US 1981 Arista 12PRO SP-133  
CAN 1981 Arista 7" AS 0690  
UK April 1982 Genetic/Island 7"/12 WIP 6720 picture sleeve

 

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