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New Wave Time Warp is a tumblr featuring video of songs exactly thirty years after their release. Thirty years ago today: Pete Shelley, Homosapien.
posted by escabeche (30 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

 
Pete Shelley, Homosapien
ie, the most recognizable 80s gay porn song EVAR.

Whatever happened to Costello Presley?
posted by PapaLobo at 6:13 PM on August 24, 2011


Thirty years ago today:

The cool thing is I've got a pretty good idea of where I was the first time I heard this song -- pub in Toronto called the Duke of Gloucester, had a crooked staircase leading up to it. The clientele were all over the map fashion wise but shared a love of cool music. It would've been autumn 1981 and here's the good part: it really does feel like 30 years ago. Long ago and far away.

Hmmm? Gives me an idea for a radio show.
posted by philip-random at 6:31 PM on August 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is going to make me a very happy camper. Thanks for pointing me to it.
posted by immlass at 6:37 PM on August 24, 2011


Wow. I'm old.
posted by NoMich at 6:41 PM on August 24, 2011


The first ten minutes of MTV. Awesome.
posted by stbalbach at 6:48 PM on August 24, 2011


It will need to turn into College Radio Time Warp in about three years and Alternative Time Warp in about eight.
posted by Joey Michaels at 6:48 PM on August 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oooh, that video is both just how I remember it and nowhere near as cool as it seemed at the time. Many thanks on this one.
posted by N-stoff at 7:46 PM on August 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wow, I'm happy to see Gilbert and Lewis getting some love. Dome was pretty much the pinnacle of the late 70s/early 80s New Wave, imho.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 8:03 PM on August 24, 2011


As homophobic as I might've been as a suburban southeast teenager, I always knew "Homosapien" was awesome (and as naive as I was, I was pretty sure I'd gleaned onto its subject matter). It would take me quite a few more years to hear more punk/post-punk and realize how much BS I had internalized. Should I ever end up with twin sons, they'll be named Strummer and Weller. Unfortunately, I fell in love with someone I shouldn't have.
posted by kimota at 8:05 PM on August 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


So rad. Thank you.
posted by photoslob at 8:12 PM on August 24, 2011


The cool thing is I've got a pretty good idea of where I was the first time I heard this song -- pub in Toronto called the Duke of Gloucester, had a crooked staircase leading up to it. The clientele were all over the map fashion wise but shared a love of cool music. It would've been autumn 1981 and here's the good part: it really does feel like 30 years ago. Long ago and far away.

Can I just say that was beautifully written?
posted by davebush at 8:14 PM on August 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Sometime next year (I have no idea when), I expect to see this because baby powder in the hair = haunting!
posted by kimota at 8:15 PM on August 24, 2011


>it really does feel like 30 years ago. Long ago and far away<

Yes. While I often have trouble believing that things from the mid 90’s are old, this reminds me of what seems like another world. I just have trouble with the concept that I remember things that are 30 years old.
posted by bongo_x at 9:20 PM on August 24, 2011


Awesome. Now I have a good reason to look forward to 2012.
posted by oneirodynia at 9:21 PM on August 24, 2011


This will get cooler for me in about 2 yrs, when they start playing 1983 videos. 1983 was the year I was allowed to go straight home instead of to after-school daycare, and watch the TV I wanted. I can't remember the name of the TV show, but it was out of LA, and they showed lots of New Wave, like Sparks, Scandal, Gary Numan... aaaaah, yes.
posted by Lukenlogs at 9:49 PM on August 24, 2011


I'm just gonna leave this here, even though it's just about two years too late. (July 20, 1979).
posted by kimota at 9:55 PM on August 24, 2011


This is cool.
posted by Decani at 10:01 PM on August 24, 2011


No mention of Dark Continent on the 18th? Absurd!

Belated: Back in Flesh.
posted by Redfield at 10:19 PM on August 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


Belated: Back in Flesh

Thanks for that. I caught Wall of Voodoo the following tour. One of those bands who sound cool and all on record, but the live thing was so much more powerful. Definitely one of the best concerts I've ever seen. And then singer Stan Ridgway quit.
posted by philip-random at 11:01 PM on August 24, 2011


Oho! Who got into my iPod? Thank you, Escabeche!

(PS: 30 years on, "Kitchen Person" is still up there.)
posted by Prince Lazy I at 12:31 AM on August 25, 2011


Such a cool link!

And "Homosapien" is such a great song, I can remember way back in the mists of time when it first came out and I was still very young and only just getting into music seriously, this was one of the very first songs I really, really loved. It sounded so different from what was normally played on the radio. I have a snapshot memory of being in the car with my dad in Fairview Mall in Toronto, and it came on the radio and I insisted on staying in the car until it finished. I can't believe it was released in 1981, it still sounds fresh to me.
posted by biscotti at 5:36 AM on August 25, 2011


biscotti - the car radio was undoubtedly tuned to CFNY, which was a beacon of culture for me back in those days. Oh, how I loved The Spirit of Radio.
posted by davebush at 6:22 AM on August 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


davebush, oh yes indeed! CFNY back in those days was awesome, with Pete & Geets in the morning and music you'd never find on any other station.
posted by biscotti at 6:57 AM on August 25, 2011


Oh, how I loved The Spirit of Radio

obligatory Rush link
posted by philip-random at 9:13 AM on August 25, 2011


Oh, man, that Pretenders video. I would have killed to be in a band like that. She was strictly amazing, & James Honeyman-Scott. Damn. He was destined for greatness.
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:18 AM on August 25, 2011


I can't remember the name of the TV show, but it was out of LA, and they showed lots of New Wave, like Sparks, Scandal, Gary Numan... aaaaah, yes.

MV3? They had three VJs, including Richard Blade and a terrible token blonde chick. It was on every day after school IIRC.
posted by oneirodynia at 10:23 AM on August 25, 2011


... and thinking of MV3 made me think of Belouis Some, and it turns out that the naughty version of Imagination (1985) is up on YouTube. NSFW!
posted by oneirodynia at 10:38 AM on August 25, 2011


Yeah, the more I think of it, 1981 was a pretty strong year for music.
posted by philip-random at 6:39 PM on August 25, 2011


Agreed, philip-random. Don't forget Two-Tone either. Also from 1981.
posted by vacapinta at 10:45 PM on August 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Shoot, when I think of 1981, I think of Cabaret Voltaire's "Red Mecca"
posted by Horselover Phattie at 10:53 PM on August 25, 2011


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