Gay Buzzcocks Vocalist Pete Shelley Dead At Age 63

Bessie Dean
December 9, 2018

His cause of death has been reported as a suspected heart attack.

This is the hilarious moment radio presenter Nicky Campbell pogos in the studio in tribute to the late Buzzcocks legend Pete Shelley.

Peter Hook, of Joy Division and New Order fame, said Shelley was "a true gent" who "helped us so much. out of a sheer love for all things punk". Buzzcocks made their debut opening for the Sex Pistols in Manchester in July, 1976, and released their first recording, the four-track Spiral Scratch EP, in January, 1977.

"Someone in the office just said 'Weren't The Buzzcocks just a one-hit wonder?' and there's almost been a fight", wrote the BBC's Jeremy Vine.

The record proved hugely popular and Buzzcocks' stock rose even as Devoto quit the group, leaving Shelley to take over lead vocals.

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Shelley was born in Leigh in north west England in 1955 and formed the band after meeting fellow singer Howard Devoto at college in 1975.

They played their first gig at their college and by the following year they were debuting for the Sex Pistols, having driven 200 miles in a borrowed vehicle down to London to convince the Pistols' manager, Malcolm McLaren, to let them onstage. The band subsequently released three full-length albums before breaking up in 1981, after which Shelley began a solo career.

Tributes poured in from around the music world.

The most recent formation of the band consisted as Pete Shelley on vocals and guitar, Steve Diggle, on vocals and guitar, Chris Remmington on bass and Danny Farrant on drums. "Thank you, Pete", he wrote. Without Pete & the Buzzcocks I would probably still be working at the Docks.

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