Punk Rock Pioneer Pete Shelley, Buzzcocks Singer, Dead At 63


Perhaps best known in the United States for their 1978 track, "Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've), Buzzcocks released 9 studio records as well as other EPs and compilations".

In an interview with Double Jay's Chris Winter in the 1970s, Shelley talked about the trend in that scene - documented in films like 24 Hour Party People - of the audience throwing objects and spitting on the bands during their sets.

The punk band Buzzcocks has confirmed "with great sadness" the death of the band's co-founder, Pete Shelley, whom it called "one of the U.K.'s most influential and prolific songwriters".

The BBC reports that Shelley died of a suspected heart attack.

They went onto release their first album, Spiral Scratch, on their own independent label a year later.

However, they split after five years in 1981.

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They made their live debut in 1976, opening for the Sex Pistols in Manchester.

It was as a solo artist that Shelley had his biggest influence in the US with the 1981 hit "Homosapien", which reached No. 14 on the dance charts. Buzzcocks also reunited several times in the ensuing decades; their most recent album was 2014's The Way.

Shelley's solo career then spawned 1983's XL1 and 1986's Heaven and the Sea before Buzzcocks reformed in 1989.

His fellow bandmates released a statement confirming the news of his passing, commemorating his life as a solo artist as well as a part of their band.

Shelley became the primary songwriter for the Buzzcocks in 1977, following the departure of original lead singer Howard Devoto.