Rob Halford was to metal what Pete Shelley was to punk – a towering queer voice. As lead singer of Buzzcocks, he included coy references to gay sex, but the dance-rock song “Homosapien” was his coming-out moment. The BBC reportedly banned the song in 1981 for the innuendo-laden lyric, “Homosuperior in my interior.” How punk is that?

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.