Homosapien (song)

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Single by Pete Shelley
from the album Homosapien
B-side "Keat's Song"
"Love in Vain" (1982)
Released September 1981 (UK)
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded 1981
Genre Synthpop
Length 3:24
Label Genetic (Island Records) WIP6720
Songwriter(s) Pete Shelley
Producer(s) Martin Rushent, Pete Shelley
Pete Shelley singles chronology
"I Don't Know What It Is"
"I Don't Know What It Is"

"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. 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".[1]

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (1981-1982) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 4
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 6


  1. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (2007-06-29). "Readers recommend: songs about homosexuality". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ "Homosapien - Pete Shelley - Awards". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 21 April 2013.