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Sticking with Manchester in the 80s this is former Buzzcock Pete Shelley with his 1983 ‘hit’ (number 66 with a bullet) Telephone Operator. Post Buzzcocks he dumped the breakneck guitars for a more electronic sound, with guitars. In this creepy little song Pete expresses desire for the person at the switchboard- ‘telephone operator, you’re my aural stimulator, phone you up an hour later, you’re all I’m thinking of’.

Telephone Operator.mp3#1#1

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Pete Shelley ‘Homosapien’

I don’t know how many people watched Buzzcocks on Top Of The Pops, and thought ‘that Pete Shelley, he’s a bit camp’, or ever wondered if Ever Fallen In Love With Someone (You Shouldn’t Have Fallen In Love With) was not sung by a man to woman, but by a man to a man, but surely when this fantastic single was released in 1981 the penny must have dropped on punks and post-punks everywhere. ‘I’m a cruiser, you’re a loser’… ‘Homo-superior, in my interior’ and so on. Brave stuff for the early 80s I’m guessing. Great song. This one’s for RM.

Homosapien (Dance Version) [A].mp3