Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley dies aged 63

Lawrence Kim
December 10, 2018

Buzzcocks vocalist and co-founder Pete Shelley died earlier today of what's believed to be a heart attack.

Former Sex Pistols bass player and songwriter Glen Matlock said he was "totally shocked and saddened" by the "untimely death".

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 released music they had recorded themselves, something that has since become something of a rite of passage for aspiring young artists with a chip on their shoulder and their guitar's gain knob cranked.

"Pete was one of Britain's best pure pop writers, up there with Ray Davies, "wrote Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp, who said seeing The Buzzcocks in 1976 had "helped to change my life".

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

In addition to the Buzzcocks, Shelley also wrote the music for the intro of the Tour De France, which was used on Great Britain's Channel 4 throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

The band released their debut Spiral Scratch EP the next year and Devoto left the group shortly afterwards. Without Pete & the Buzzcocks I would probably still be working at the Docks. The Buzzcocks taught me so much about songwriting, especially in chord structures.

The Charlatans' lead singer Tim Burgess said: "Farewell Pete Shelley".

According to a Postimees article from 2013, Mr Shelley had recently moved to Tallinn and had an Estonian wife.

"It got a bit out of hand for a while". We came over [to Tallinn] visiting relatives and it was such a lovely place.

Worldofmrs added: "Fabulous made me smile on the grey morning sod Brexit let's pogo". "This is a lot more tranquil and it's only a three-hour flight to the United Kingdom, so we're not cut off".

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