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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1983
StudioGenetic Studios, London
GenreNew wave
44:55 (with ZX Spectrum information locked groove)
LabelGenetic (Island)
ProducerMartin Rushent and Pete Shelley
Pete Shelley chronology
Heaven & the Sea
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

XL1 is the second solo album by Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley. 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, and an edited version of "Many A Time". In 2006, Varep Records reissued the original UK version on CD with two b-side "dub" mixes as bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Pete Shelley

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



  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.