Product DescriptionLimited triple vinyl LP pressing including original sleeves, black inner bags and an A4 printed booklet. Contains the albums Homosapien and XL1 plus a bonus vinyl LP of non-album tracks and remixes. In 1982, one of the most extraordinary and influential albums of it's era was released. Named Homosapien, after the brilliant single that preceded and defined it, the album marked both the end of the second pop star incarnation of Buzzcocks, the punk band led by Shelley that was both punk and transcended punk, and the beginning of Pete Shelley's innovative career. In 1981, Shelley was searching for a new sound and by chance Buzzcocks' producer Martin Rushent already had one. Rushent's new studio Genetic was equipped with synthesizers, drum machines and all the hardware of the new technology which would come to define '80s pop. However, at this point, hardly anyone was making this new music. Shelley and Rushent were pioneers. In a spirit of experiment and enthusiasm, Shelley and Rushent recorded the album at Rushent's purpose built Genetic Studios. The album was recorded throughout 1981 creating a new sonic world. Despite Radio 1 thinking it was too risky for daytime play it was a big success internationally particularly in North America, Australia, Japan and the UK. The follow-up album, XL1, was no disappointment either. In 1983 Pete and Martin reconvened to make XL1. With new technology [including a locked groove featuring the loading info for a ZX Spectrum], XL1 was a further step on for Shelley and featured one of the best singles of his career, the snarling, relentless 'Telephone Operator'. The pair of them used their imaginative talents to such a degree that their 12" mixes, dubs and instrumentals pushed boundaries. Nearly 40 years on, thanks to the talents of Pete Shelley and Martin Rushent, the music still sounds fantastic.
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