According to BBC, the iconic lead singer and co-founder of Buzzcocks, Pete Shelley (b. Peter Campbell McNeish), has died at the age of 63 from heart attack. It was in the mid 70’s when Shelley with Devoto decided to form the band that had the live ‘baptism of fire’ opening for Sex Pistols in 1976, somewhere in Manchester. Devoto left Buzzcoks in 1977 and ‘Ever Fallen In Love… (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)‘ their massive punk/wave hit came out the following year. Their debut EP ‘Spiral Scratch’ was released in 1977 and their debut ‘Another Music In A Different Kitchen‘ in 1978, followed by another two full-lengths until their break-up in 1981. The group reunited again albums, in 1989 remaining active until today.
For me ‘Ever Fallen In Love…’ along with ‘Orgasm Addict‘ are two of the most representative tracks of the British punk/wave era, and surely Shelley’s solo discography (5 albums and numerous singles & EP’s) shouldn’t be neglected.
(Not) everybody’s happy nowadays…