Buzzcocks co-founder Pete Shelley dies
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.” The Buzzcocks announced in a tweet on its website. 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 that 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?