Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley dies at 63

Lewis Collier
December 7, 2018

Buzzcocks frontman, guitarist and songwriter Pete Shelley has died aged 63, with initial reports claiming that the singer had a suspected heart attack.

Lead singer of one of punk's most influential bands Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks has died.

Shelley was born Peter Campbell McNeish in Leigh, Lancashire, in the greater Manchester area.

The band debuted a year later, opening for the Sex Pistols.

"The Buzzcocks were inspired by the Sex Pistols' energy, yet they didn't copy the Pistols' angry political stance", he wrote in AllMusic. By '77, they'd begun a legendary run of singles later collected on their 1979 compilation Singles Going Steady, one of the essential documents of '70s punk.

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"Instead, they brought that intense, brilliant energy to the three-minute pop song".

BBC music correspondent Lizo Mzimba said Buzzcocks, who formed in the 1970s, were regarded as a significant influence on the music scene. His 1981 single "Homosapien" is a post-punk and new wave classic.

Buzzcocks reformed in 1989 and released new music, touring with bands such as Nirvana, the Adored, the Strays, Lola Ray, and Images.

In 2005, Shelley re-recorded Ever Fallen in Love as a tribute to John Peel, which featured an all-star group, including Roger Daltrey, David Gilmour, Peter Hook, Elton John, and Robert Plant.

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