Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Pete Shelley

Lead singer of the Punk Pioneers THE BUZZCOCKS, Pete Shelley branched out on his own in the early 80's. Now, his solo work can never match the genius of the Buzzcocks, but taken on it's own you can see that underneath it all Pete was a fantastic songwriter.
Starting in 1981, HOMOSAPIEN was an album, a video, a single and...I guess.....a bit of a coming out party. Doesn't matter....the song was fantastic, as was the 12-INCH REMIX.
Another gem from this debut album is "YESTERDAY'S NOT HERE". This album deserves another listen.





His second LP , XL1, was released in 1983 (OOOOH...there's that magical year again....I should just rename this blog 1983).


I think this was a tremendous step up in terms of both mood and songwriting. How can you deny the super catchiness of "TELEPHONE OPERATOR" or "MILLIONS OF PEOPLE (BUT NO ONE LIKE YOU)".


Both are great songs, but I much prefer "IF YOU ASK ME I WON'T SAY NO". Not just because of the long title, but probably because WLIR used to play this one more than the others and it stuck in my adolescent brain.





Pete later went on to actually have a bonafide charting hit in the US. Believe me....I was shocked at the time too.........with "ON YOUR OWN" from 1986's HEAVEN AND THE SEA.
This is the New York Mix from the 12-inch.

Eventually the Buzzcocks reformed but never manage to catch the spark of what they created in the late 70's

3 comments:

nenuphar said...

You're scaring me...Homosapien was running through my head before you even posted this!

DJ Paul V. said...

God bless you, sir - and this blog. This is ALL my
music. I have like 95% of these 12" singles in the
archives in my basement - not yet burned to CD!

Hey, I have a request:
Can you search out the VOCAL version of
Pete Shelley's "Witness The Change"?

The 7-minute-plus 12" dub version (or combo with
"I Don't Know What It Is") has been surfacing
on blogs - but never the vocal version
Which is great!

You gots that? Pretty please? :)

Anonymous said...

thank you for the dead links