Pete Shelley Witness The Change I Dont Know What It Is
Shelley, weary of Buzzcocks' financial state, decided to leave the band after Island Records' Andrew Lauder offered him a solo record deal based on the demos. Shelley told the NME in an interview in November"We came here [to Genetic Sound] in February to record demos but as we started to do them they sounded more and more finished, so we nudged them in that direction and within a few months we'd come up with three finished tracks. Just me and Martin in the studio with all the machines.
Released at the start of the home computer boom, the album cover featured Shelley in a stylised 'office' leaning on a Commodore PET computer. As was typical in the era, Homosapien had a different track listing in the United States, with three songs being excised and three single B-sides being added in their place.
The album was released in the US first, due to contractual issues in the UK:  originally scheduled for release first on 28 August  and then again on 16 November Homosapien finally received a UK release on 15 January The " Homosapien " single was reissued in with a different B-side.
In the mid s Homosapien was originally issued on compact disc by Arista Records. The original UK version was reissued on CD by Grapevine Records inand again in a remastered version in by Western Songs Ltd: both reissues include all the songs from Nimbus Quartet Chunkafunk US version as bonus tracks, as well as two other B-side "dub" mixes.
Halfway through the album version, an obvious edit was made into a dubbed version of the track. This version of the song has never been re-released.
Critical reaction to the album at the time was mixed, with some reviewers disappointed by Shelley's move away from the familiar guitar sounds to the record's emphasis on synthesizers, and the lightweight nature of the songs.
NME said that " Tru Tones Burning Eyes And Hungry Bellies is the first chance to examine the solo Shelley over the full range of interests and emotions but it is a disjointed album It lacks UR Presents Galaxy 2 Galaxy A Hitech Jazz Compilation, urgency and desperation, something to grab on to: the power to wake you or make you or shake you up.
A shame because Shelley still has a lot to give. If it doesn't always convince, it's persuasive enough to warrant long-term investment. Modern reviews have been more favourable towards the album, and consider it to be Shelley's best solo effort.
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