Pete Shelley – XL1

ARTIST: Pete Shelley R-8022905-1453656345-7292.jpeg
SINGLES: Telephone Operator (#66 UK), (Millions of People) No One Like You
LINEUP: Pete Shelley, Barry Adamson, Jim Russell, Martin Rushent
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second solo disc from former Buzzcocks leader is a deep move to electro pop. The songs are flat and the execution is so-so. Meh.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Pete Shelley had moved far away from his taut, tight Buzzcocks pop-punk and heavily into electronics by the time this album was released. It seems to my ears that he was trying to be another Gary Numan.

Unlike Numan, the material isn’t strong, which is odd coming from a man that wrote so many classic songs in the Buzzcocks. It seems by moving to this genre, he lost is way, somehow. Not many songs really hit the mark, and only a few songs have hooks and memorable melodies.

Most everything sound pretty generic, really, with electronic drums, 80’s keyboards and funked bass, with similar lines in most every song. The result is a so-so album that is far away from the brilliance of the Buzzcocks.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The original LP was packaged with a disc (5 ¼” disc no doubt) for a computer program used on the ZX Spectrum computer, a UK home computer like the tiny Sinclair here in the states.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A couple of dance mixes are appended.

GRADE: C+: A couple highlights, but it’s just average. I also exiled a few tracks.


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