Magazine article The Fader

17 Not Fade Away: The Madcap Re-Appearance of Bruno Wizard and the Homosexuals

Magazine article The Fader

17 Not Fade Away: The Madcap Re-Appearance of Bruno Wizard and the Homosexuals

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Not so long ago, I was at a show at Cake Shop on New York's Lower East Side seeing Eyeball Skeleton, Think About Life and Comet Gain when photographer Joshua Wildman told me that Bruno Wizard, founder and lead singer of the late '70s and early '80s British artpunk band the Homosexuals, had been tacked onto the Cake Shop bill to do a little impromptu something or other after the other bands were done. It was tempting, but I went home.

When Wildman called a night or two later to say that Bruno was booked for another impromptu something or other at another bar on the LES, I showed up. The only people there were a few couples I didn't recognize, Wildman, Joe from Electroputas and a trio of super-psyched Japanese record freaks. Bruno had already started when I arrived, and was singing along, karoake style, to Homosexuals records that the sound guy was playing through the PA. It sounded fucking awesome.

The Homosexuals may be "artpunk," but whatever--that says more about the way Bruno and Co carried themselves than it does about the music, which pre-empted the "artpunk" of bands like the Talking Heads with its jagged, culture-clashing smart-pop attitude. At the show, Bruno peacocked around the stage, talked to us between songs and occasionally stopped to read poetry. He was, for lack of a better way of putting it, going for it.

When I tracked Bruno down, he was back in London, where he has recently reconnected with estranged Homosexuals guitarist Anton Hayman, and moved in with him so they can finish off forsaken material and blast off into new songs at Hayman's home studio. …

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