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Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks

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Barack

Never mind.

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Salad Fingers

Sad news. Only 63. Loved the Buzzcocks during my punk phase. In fact this was playing on my Spotify on the way home from work. 

 

 

 

 

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1rousset

Gutted-Great tunes great band-cheers Pete-soundtrack of my youth-RIP 

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Kid Creole

 

 

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tedarmy

great band, always great live too.   

 

 

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haveyouheard 22

Sad loss and what a Band they were

 

R I P  

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farin

Sad news, got tickets to see them in Glasgow next year. 

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Victorian

Very sad.   Not just that Pete Shelley has died but also for the further realisation that many of the era are of that age and will inevitably cease touring (if they still are) and eventually go the way of Pete Shelley.      When some of my lifelong music icons die I think I'll be as grief stricken as a family member going.

 

'Punk' was a term that came to 'punk rock' a little later but the bands of the 1976 era were known initially as 'the new wave'.      I subscribe to the belief that true punk bands were a combination of the music,   image and attitude.     To that end,   I never categorised The Buzzcocks as punk.    Nor arguably The Clash for that matter.     Not in the same way as The Ramones,   The Sex Pistols or The Damned.     The Buzzcocks were certainly the best of the non-London bands of the genre.    They were probably better players at that time than the London trinity.

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Gashauskis9

Gutted 😢.  Saw them in 99 at the Venue, one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen.

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Salad Fingers
13 minutes ago, Victorian said:

Very sad.   Not just that Pete Shelley has died but also for the further realisation that many of the era are of that age and will inevitably cease touring (if they still are) and eventually go the way of Pete Shelley.      When some of my lifelong music icons die I think I'll be as grief stricken as a family member going.

 

'Punk' was a term that came to 'punk rock' a little later but the bands of the 1976 era were known initially as 'the new wave'.      I subscribe to the belief that true punk bands were a combination of the music,   image and attitude.     To that end,   I never categorised The Buzzcocks as punk.    Nor arguably The Clash for that matter.     Not in the same way as The Ramones,   The Sex Pistols or The Damned.     The Buzzcocks were certainly the best of the non-London bands of the genre.    They were probably better players at that time than the London trinity.

 

I remember seeing them described as a Mod band before. They were definitely smarter looking than the other bands around at that time and Shelley did have a Mod haircut. Suppose their music was more pop than punk. Definitely tighter. 

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Victorian
Just now, Salad Fingers said:

 

I remember seeing them deceived as a Mod band before. They were definitely smarter looking than the other bands around at that time and Shelley did have a Mod haircut. Suppose their music was more pop than punk. Definitely tighter. 

 

Yes.   There were distinct differences between all of the better known bands,  later categorised in a genre.    None of them set out to create a new music genre in the first place.     They had their own influences and wanted to play rock music but generally quite fast and loud.     Punk as a term was very short lived in terms of it's relevance.    The Pistols lasted 5 minutes.    The Clash were very political which was never a punk attribute.    The Damned evolved musically from the word-go and every reincanation.     

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Guess The Crowd
46 minutes ago, Victorian said:

Very sad.   Not just that Pete Shelley has died but also for the further realisation that many of the era are of that age and will inevitably cease touring (if they still are) and eventually go the way of Pete Shelley.      When some of my lifelong music icons die I think I'll be as grief stricken as a family member going.

 

'Punk' was a term that came to 'punk rock' a little later but the bands of the 1976 era were known initially as 'the new wave'.      I subscribe to the belief that true punk bands were a combination of the music,   image and attitude.     To that end,   I never categorised The Buzzcocks as punk.    Nor arguably The Clash for that matter.     Not in the same way as The Ramones,   The Sex Pistols or The Damned.     The Buzzcocks were certainly the best of the non-London bands of the genre.    They were probably better players at that time than the London trinity.

 

Loved them to bits. This was my favourite 

 

 

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TheBigO

Very sad news. Never saw them live either which is a regret.

 

Agree with Vic on assessment, always have them down as a new wave pop band myself, though categorisation and genre labelling I’ve always found a bit weird. 

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Cade

Buzzcocks were a great band and influenced hundreds of other bands.

 

 

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Lemongrab

One of my favourites back in the day. :(

 

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N Lincs Jambo
3 hours ago, Janbo1874 said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46476369

 

I remember seeing them in the Odeon with Joy Division supporting.

Some of the best tunes of my youth.

 

 

Very sad news indeed. I was at that gig too. Amazing to think that the gig that Pete Shelley arranged for the Sex Pistols at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall in 76 with an audience of about 30 would end up with so many of the audience forming bands that would become part of the youth scene of the late 70s/80s/90s such as Buzzcocks, Magazine, Joy Division/New Order, The Smiths, The Fall and others too.

 

That's 2 of that audience of 30 gone this year. RIP Pete Shelley and Mark E Smith.

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Marvin

Just saw this on news. RIP. Very influential singer/song writer too.

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the general

Great band and definitely PUNK

Was at the Odeon gig and through the Cocks got into magazine and joy division amongst others 

His solo stuff was good as well if a bit under the radar

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Boab
11 hours ago, Salad Fingers said:

 

I remember seeing them described as a Mod band before. They were definitely smarter looking than the other bands around at that time and Shelley did have a Mod haircut. Suppose their music was more pop than punk. Definitely tighter. 

 

Great thing about punk was there was no barriers and no dress code. Just great music and a **** you attitude which prevails today.

Saw them three times at Glasgow Apollo, first time with Penetration and the Zones, second with Subway Sect and third with Joy Division. A couple of times in recent years.

Giants and a genius songwriter. Was lookingforward to the upcoming O2 show.

Gutted. A truly great band.

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the general

Their gig and Clouds with The Skids was one of the best I went to

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Boab
1 minute ago, the general said:

Their gig and Clouds with The Skids was one of the best I went to

 Some amazing line ups back in the day, bud.

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Salad Fingers

Radio 6 is great this morning, plenty of Buzzcocks tunes getting spun.  

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Mr God Awful Ugly

RIP Pete.

Will never tire of the Buzzcocks music.

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DG_HMFC

Absolutely love The Buzzcocks. Really saddened to hear of Pete's death, and only 63!

 

Lots of top tunes already posted and they're all favourites of mine. Love this one though...

 

 

RIP, Pete! :(

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PsychocAndy

R.I.P Genius 

I saw them at the Odo with Subway Sect. A great gig and the only disappointment was I never saw them with Joy Division. 

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Auld Reekin'

A great talent and a great band - sorry to hear of his passing.

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