Buz­zcocks co-founder Pete Shel­ley dies at 63

Waterloo Region Record - - Arts & Life -

LON­DON — Pete Shel­ley, song­writer and co-founder of 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 were part of the mid-70s punk rev­o­lu­tion along­side the Sex Pis­tols and the Clash. Like their con­tem­po­raries, the Buz­zcocks scorned what they con­sid­ered the pre­ten­sions and bloated style of main­stream groups.

The band’s en­ergy and in­ten­sity were wor­thy of punk, but they had a strong melodic streak. Their sin­gles in­cluded “Ever Fallen in Love (With Some­one You Shouldn’t’ve),” “Or­gasm Ad­dict” and “What Do I Get?”

Shel­ley, whose real name was Peter Camp­bell McNeish, was born in the English town of Leigh in 1955. He founded Buz­zcocks with Howard Devoto after they met at univer­sity. The band de­buted in 1976 in Manch­ester, open­ing for the Sex Pis­tols. Devoto left in 1977 and Shel­ley took over as lead singer.

The Buz­zcocks broke up in 1981, but re­united in 1989 and con­tin­ued to per­form and record over the past three decades.

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