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 […]
A few weeks back, I brought you my favorite Buzzcocks song. Now I offer you a song from someone who was a member of the Buzzcocks – for, like, three seconds. Howard DeVoto was very briefly the band’s lead singer before moving on to Magazine and this little outfit, Luxuria. Here’s that band’s first single, […]
I saw Control last night (overhyped, trust me), but there’s a running joke in it about the Buzzcocks. I suspect you can guess what the joke is about. Anyway, it inspired me to post my favorite Buzzcocks song, which would be “Promises.” And there’s a cheeky little video for it. From 1978.