Buz­zcocks co-founder dies at age 63

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LON­DON — Pete Shel­ley, the singer-song­writer and co-founder of the punk band the Buz­zcocks, has died at age 63.

On Thurs­day, the band con­firmed “with great sad­ness” his death and called him “one of the U.K.’s most in­flu­en­tial and pro­lific song­writ­ers.”

It did not elab­o­rate on the de­tails of Shel­ley’s death but said that more in­for­ma­tion would be re­leased later.

The Buz­zcocks were part of the punk rev­o­lu­tion which be­gan in Eng­land in the mid-1970s and also fea­tured such groups as the Sex Pis­tols and the Clash. Like their con­tem­po­raries, the Buz­zcocks scorned what they con­sid­ered the pre­ten­sions and bloated style of main­stream groups and turned out brief, stripped down songs, per­formed at manic speed.

Their sin­gles in­cluded Ever Fallen in Love (With Some­one You Shouldn’t ’ve), the ex­plicit Or­gasm Ad­dict and What Do I Get? Their en­ergy and in­ten­sity were wor­thy of punk, but they also had a melodic streak, with the song Ev­ery­body’s Happy Nowa­days sound­ing at times like a punk ver­sion of the Beach Boys.

On Thurs­day, Mike Mills of R.E.M. tweeted: “Damn. Pete Shel­ley gone. The Buz­zcocks were and are a favourite of mine, and I was for­tu­nate to be able to hang with Pete a few times and tell him so.”

The Buz­zcocks broke up in the early 1980s, but reunited in the late ’80s and con­tin­ued to per­form and record over the past three decades.

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Pete Shel­ley, the co-founder of punk band the Buz­zcocks, has died, the band re­vealed on Thurs­day. He was 63 years old.

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