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Friday, September 08, 2006

"did you ever wake up in the middle of a dream / and scream out loud?"

I shouldn't have to tell you Pete Shelley was in one of the most important punk bands ever, The Buzzcocks, should I? Of course not, you knew that. You also knew that as the Buzzcocks soldiered on, they evolved into a more "post-punk" sound, combining their claustrophobic noise with pure pop hooks. I'm sure you're also aware that when Pete left the Buzzcocks, he went into full-tilt synth-pop, creating classic, historically important singles such as "Homosapien" and "Telephone Operator".

But did you know about his third solo album, an even more mature and synth-melded piece of work created with ├╝ber-synth producer Stephen Hague called "Heaven and the Sea"? And that it spawned his one and only charting single in America, the tense and desolate "On Your Own"? And did you know that this CD is extremely hard to find and goes for big bucks when you can find it?

Of course you did. You're so smart.

"On Your Own" peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Chart in 1986.

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posted by John, 2:27 PM