Who was Pete Shelley and when did he found the Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto?

PETE Shelley – the singer and guitarist with the Buzzcocks – has died of at the age of 63 of a suspected heart attack.

Here’s what you need to know about the musician and the band that had such and influence on a generation of musicians.

Pete Shelley playing with the Buzzcocks in 2018
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Who was Pete Shelley and when did he found the Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto?

Pete Shelley was born Peter Campbell McNeish in Leigh, Greater Manchester.

His father was a fitter and a nearby coal mine and his mother had been a mill worker in the town.

Shelley met Howard Devoto at the Bolton Institute of Technology in 1975 and the pair went on to form the Buzzcocks the next year having been inspired by seeing the Sex Pistols in London.

The Buzzcocks with Pete Shelly top right
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They achieved commercial success with hits including Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) but Devoto left the band in 1977.

After a run of three albums, the band split in 1981 but reformed eight years later and went on to release six more albums, the most recent being 2014’s The Way.

Shelley also composed the theme music for the intro to the Tour de France on Channel 4 which was used from the late 1980s to the mid -1990s.

Teenage Fanclub singer Norman Blake tweeted how important Shelley’s songs were youth and still remained so.


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