The triple-Cassette Astral Glamour clocks in at a whopping 81 tracks, and documents every salvageable mote of music The Homosexuals committed to tape or vinyl from 1977 to 1984. Most of the first tape’s songs appeared on the posthumous 1984 Homosexuals LP and The Homosexuals’ CD reissue. The second and third tapes are brimming with tracks restored from decaying LPs and an ultra-rare tape of which 10 known copies exist, plus demos, singles, unreleased tracks and alternate versions unavailable anywhere else. Astral Glamour might be the collection by which the best punk band that no one heard finally get their due. The Homosexuals epitomize the British post-punk style of the late ’70s (why didn’t Rough Trade pick this up?), combining the brainy word collages and winding guitars of Scritti Politti with the manic energy and bizarre flourishes of The Pop Group.
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