|Single by Pete Shelley|
|from the album Homosapien|
|Released||September 1981 (UK)|
|Format||Vinyl record (7")|
|Label||Genetic (Island Records) WIP6720|
|Producer(s)||Martin Rushent, Pete Shelley|
|Pete Shelley singles chronology|
Shelley wrote the song in 1974, before forming the Buzzcocks in 1976. Originally intended as a demo track for a Buzzcocks' song, "Homosapien" was recorded in one day with producer Martin Rushent, who would later go on to produce The Human League. The track adopted a more synth pop sound in contrast to the Buzzcocks' harsh guitar riffs.
The single was a big hit in Australia and Canada, reaching the Top 10 in both territories, as well as being a modest hit in New Zealand. Although it failed to crossover to singles charts, it was a popular dance track in clubs across Europe and the United States and reached number 14 on the Billboard Club Play Singles chart.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||4|
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||6|
|New Zealand Top 40 (Official New Zealand Music Chart)||11|
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