Pete Shelley, lead singer of The Buzzcocks, dies aged 63

Tabitha Dunn
December 7, 2018

Another fan, named Doug Shaw, tweeted: "Sad to learn of the death of Pete Shelley, The Buzzcocks were one of my favourite punk bands".

Shelley, real name Peter Campbell McNeish, was born in Leigh, a town in Greater Manchester. His high-register vocals became the band's signature sound, and it can be heard on hits like "Ever Fallen In Love" and "Why Can't I Touch It?"

The BBC reports that Shelley died of a suspected heart attack. It was a true honour to have them play with us this year in Belfast.

Shelley formed Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto in 1976 after the two met in school a year prior.

The Buzzcocks released their first EP, Spiral Scratch, on their own independent label, New Hormones, but Devoto soon left and Shelley took over as songwriter and lead vocalist.

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

Shelley achieved Australian chart success as a solo artist in 1981 when his new wave, synth-pop solo single Homosapien reached number four on the Australian charts. Buzzcocks management informed BBC of Shelley's death earlier today (Dec. 6).

The Buzzcocks were part of the punk revolution which began in England in the mid-1970s and featured such groups as the Sex Pistols and the Clash.

Buzzcocks most recently released music in 2014 with their ninth studio record The Way.

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