Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley dies aged 63

Lawrence Kim
December 7, 2018

Lead singer of one of punk's most influential bands Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks has died.

Details are scarce on Shelley's passing, but a heart attack is suspected as the official cause of death.

He founded Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto after they met at what is now the University of Bolton and the band debuted in 1976 in Manchester, opening for the Sex Pistols. "The first album I ever owned was Love Bites by Buzzcocks".

Shelley had a solo career after, releasing the song Do Anything, for the film Some Kind of Wonderful.

It was as a solo artist that Shelley had his biggest influence in the USA with the 1981 hit "Homosapien", which reached No. 14 on the dance charts.

Sex Pistol Glen Matlock said he was "shocked and saddened" to hear the news, adding: "A superb songwriter, artist and a totally sweet-hearted guy who was one of the very few originals of punk and even a one off within that".

It was at this time that Shelley talked about his bisexuality, which had been implicit in numerous Buzzcocks songs he had written.

In 2005, Shelley re-recorded Ever Fallen in Love with an all-star group, including Roger Daltrey, David Gilmour, Peter Hook, Elton John, Robert Plant and several contemporary bands, as a tribute to John Peel.

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