XL1

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For the Volkswagen XL1 experimental car, see Volkswagen 1-litre car.
XL1
Studio album by Pete Shelley
Released 1983
Recorded 1983, Genetic Studios, London
Genre New wave
Label Genetic (Island)
Producer Martin Rushent and Pete Shelley
Pete Shelley chronology
Homosapien
(1981)
XL1
(1983)
Heaven & the Sea
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

XL1 was Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley's second solo album. It reached number 42 in the UK Albums Chart, remaining in that listing for four weeks.[2] The single "Telephone Operator" charted at #66 in the UK Singles Chart, making it his biggest single release there.[2] The original release was packaged with a computer program for the ZX Spectrum which featured lyrics and graphics which displayed in time with the music.[3]

XL1 had a different running order in the US, although the content remained the same. In 2006, Varep Records reissued the original UK version on CD with two b-side "dub" mixes as bonus tracks.

Track listings[edit]

Original UK track listing[edit]

  1. "Telephone Operator"
  2. "If You Ask Me (I Won't Say No)"
  3. "What Was Heaven?"
  4. "You Know Better Than I Know"
  5. "Twilight"
  6. "(Millions of People) No One Like You"
  7. "Many a Time"
  8. "I Just Wanna Touch"
  9. "You And I"
  10. "XL1"

2005 CD bonus tracks

  1. "Telephone Operator/Many a Time (Dub)"
  2. "If You Ask Me/No One Like You (Dub)"

US track listing[edit]

  1. "Telephone Operator" - 3:15
  2. "Many a Time" - 4:18
  3. "I Just Wanna Touch" - 2:54
  4. "You Know Better Than I Know" - 4:48
  5. "XL1" - 3:25
  6. "(Millions of People) No One Like You" - 4:05
  7. "If You Ask Me (I Won't Say No)" - 4:20
  8. "You And I" - 3:01
  9. "What Was Heaven?" - 5:05
  10. "Twilight" - 3:12

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ XL1 at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 495. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Story of XL1". Headen.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16.