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Pete Shelley Tribute: Day 3

On my Facebook page I am posting a week long tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley and I thought I would post these on my Blog as well so that as many people as possible can enjoy his music.

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Day 3 of my tribute to the late, great Pete Shelley and a focus on one of his solo songs. This was not only creative genius but also really brave to think about homosexuality back in 1981. According to Wikipedia, “Homosapien” is a song by Buzzcocks lead singer Pete Shelley. It was the first single from the album of the same title, released in 1981.

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.

The song was banned by the BBC for its “explicit reference to gay sex” with the lyrics “homo superior / in my interior”.

TropicOwl by Jenny Leonard

On September the 5th, I was traipsing around Birmingham City Centre searching for fibreglass owls. One I found was number 51: TropicOwl by Jenny Leonard.

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Jenny Leonard is a freelance artist and muralist, specialising in site-specific paintings and projects. Her clients include British Airways, AGE UK and the YMCAA.

She has painted for several Wild in Art projects over the last two years, including Norwich’s GoGoGorillas! art trail, Colchester Zoo’s sculpture trail, Stand Tall, in Christ Church, New Zealand, and more recently, Transport for London’s Year of the Bus sculptures, displayed in London.

Visit my Virgin Money Giving page and please give generously in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.