Pete Shelley, founder and frontman of Buzzcocks, has died aged 63 in Estonia, where he was living.
The post-punk icon reportedly died following a heart attack.
Buzzcocks were best known for their 1978 hit Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve).
Norman Blake, frontman of Teenage Fanclub, paid tribute to the enduring musical legacy of Shelley, saying: “I love(d) Buzzcocks. (Shelley’s) songs were important to me when I was a young man and they still are to me now. Thank you Pete and R.I.P. You will be missed.”
Tim Burgess, lead singer of The Charlatans, said Shelley would be remembered “for a long, long time” for his “brilliant” work.
He tweeted: “Pete Shelley wrote perfect three minute pop songs. The soundtrack to being a teenager. You’ll be missed Pete but you’ll be remembered for a long long time for your brilliant music.”
Love for all things punk
Tracey Thorn, formerly one half of dance music duo Everything But The Girl, also paid her respects, quoting from Buzzcocks track 16 Again.
She tweeted: “Oh God but I loved Buzzcocks. And Pete Shelley was an amazing songwriter. ‘But after all life’s only death’s recompense.”‘
Author Neil Gaiman said that part of his youth had died along with Shelley.
The writer Jon Ronson said: “When I was 19, we occupied our college building on Regent Street in London for some reason I forget and someone told Pete Shelley and he turned up in the middle of his night with his guitar and did an impromptu solo show for us.”
Peter Hook of New Order and Joy Division said: “He helped us so much at the start of our career out of a sheer love for all things punk. Without Pete and the Buzzcocks, I would probably still be working at the docks.”
“Playing shows with the Buzzcocks was one of the highlights of my life,” Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam wrote on the band’s official account. “I listened to Singles and Tension as much as any records I’ve owned. Thank you, Pete, for all the great words and music.”
Nothing was the same
An official statement from Duran Duran read: “His two note solo on ‘Boredom’ was like the Duchamp toilet, nothing was the same afterwards. He was a true legend.”
Irvine Welsh, the Trainspotting author, simply wrote: “It’s shit that Pete Shelley died.”
REM’s Mike Mills said: “Damn. Pete Shelley gone. The Buzzcocks were and are a favorite of mine, and I was fortunate to be able to hang with Pete a few times and tell him so.”
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand said: “Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks were a huge inspiration. What a songwriter! Thanks for everything you gave us. Certainly made me want to be in a band.”
In a statement released via Twitter, the Bolton group’s management confirmed Shelley’s death.
It read: “It’s with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the UK’s most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks.
“Pete’s music has inspired generations of musicians over a career that spanned five decades and with his band and as a solo artist, he was held in the highest regard by the music industry and by his fans around the world.”
Shelley was born in Leigh and formed Buzzcocks in Bolton in 1975 with Howard Devoto.
Additional reporting from PA
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