Ge­nius be­hind sound­track to be­ing a teenager . . .

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By ALEX GREEN AND SHERNA NOAH news­[email protected] @MENnews­desk

THE mu­sic world has been pay­ing trib­ute to ‘huge tal­ent’ Pete Shel­ley, the front­man of Greater Manch­ester punk le­gends Buz­zcocks, who has died aged 63.

Shel­ley, from Leigh, co-founded the band and penned the 1978 punk clas­sic Ever Fallen In Love (With Some­one You Shouldn’t’ve).

Band mem­bers wrote on Face­book: “It’s with great sad­ness that we con­firm the death of Pete Shel­ley, one of the UK’s most in­flu­en­tial and pro­lific song­writ­ers and co-founder of the sem­i­nal orig­i­nal punk band Buz­zcocks.

“Pete’s mu­sic has in­spired gen­er­a­tions of mu­si­cians over a ca­reer that spanned five decades and with his band and as a solo artist, he was held in the high­est re­gard by the mu­sic in­dus­try and by his fans around the world.”

Shel­ley is re­ported to have suf­fered a heart at­tack at his home in Es­to­nia. Shel­ley formed Buz­zcocks in Bolton in 1975 with Howard Devoto.

Peter Hook, the bassist in Joy Divi­sion and New Or­der, said Shel­ley was a true gent.

He tweeted: “He helped us so much at the start of our ca­reer out of a sheer love for all things punk.

“With­out Pete and the Buz­zcocks, I would prob­a­bly still be work­ing at the docks.”

Tim Burgess, the lead singer of the Char­la­tans, said: “Pete Shel­ley wrote per­fect three-minute pop songs.

“The sound­track to be­ing a teenager. You’ll be missed Pete but you’ll be re­mem­bered for a long, long time for your bril­liant mu­sic.”

Red Hot Chili Pep­pers bassist Flea tweeted that the band’s Why Can’t I Touch It is “one of my favourite rock songs ever. Ab­so­lutely stun­ning. God bless Pete Shel­ley.”

Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament said that he was ‘hol­low in­side’.

“Play­ing shows with the Buz­zcocks was one of the high­lights of my life,” he said on Twit­ter.

“I lis­tened to Sin­gles and Ten­sion as much as any records I’ve owned. Thank you, Pete, for all the great words and mu­sic.”

The Pix­ies also paid trib­ute while Jonathan Ross said a Buz­zcocks gig was one of the best nights of his life.

Nor­man Blake, front­man of Teenage Fan­club, said: “I love(d) Buz­zcocks. (Shel­ley’s) songs were im­por­tant to me when I was a young man and they still are to me now. Thank you Pete and R.I.P. You will be missed.”

Au­thor Neil Gaiman said that part of his youth had died along with Shel­ley, while Hot Fuzz di­rec­tor Edgar Wright said Shel­ley was a huge tal­ent.

Tracey Thorn, for­merly one half of dance mu­sic duo Ev­ery­thing But The Girl, also paid her re­spects, quot­ing from Buz­zcocks track 16 Again.

She tweeted: “Oh God but I loved Buz­zcocks. And Pete Shel­ley was an amaz­ing song­writer. ‘But af­ter all life’s only death’s rec­om­pense’.”

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