Anglo For Your Ear: Pete Shelley’s “Homosapien”

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?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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