Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

RIP Buzzcocks Frontman Pete Shelley

RIP Buzzcocks Frontman Pete Shelley

The band's Twitter account confirmed the news in a post describing Shelley as "one of the UK's most influential and prolific songwriters".

Shelley co-founded Buzzcocks in 1976 with singer-songwriter Howard Devoto, who later left the band to leave Shelley as its vocalist and songwriter.

Pete Shelley, lead singer of the punk rock band Buzzcocks, has died at 63, according to the band.

The Buzzcocks formed in the mid-70s, and became known for their catchy songwriting as well as their business saavy, forming their own label, New Hormones, when independent artists were still an anomaly.

It was at college that Shelley met Davoto, and the pair traveled to London together to see the Sex Pistols perform; it was less than a year later that they opened for the band in Manchester.


Shelley also enjoyed solo success, releasing the albums Sky Yen, XL1, Homosapien, and Heaven & the Sea, and the hit singles Telephone Operator and Homosapien, which was initially banned by the BBC for "explicit reference to gay sex".

Shelley and guitarist Steve Diggle remained the two original members of Buzzcocks since the band's 1989 reform.

Buzzcocks released three albums, Another Music in a Different Kitchen (1978), Love Bites (1978) and A Different Kind of Tension (1979) before their initial break-up in 1981.

Buzzcocks most recently released music in 2014 with their ninth studio record The Way.

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