Punk Rock Pioneer Pete Shelley, Buzzcocks Singer, Dead At 63

Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley dies at 63

The band's management told the BBC that Shelley died on Thursday in Estonia where he was living.

Shelley co-founded Buzzcocks in 1976 with singer-songwriter Howard Devoto, who later left the band to leave Shelley as its vocalist and songwriter.

Buzzcocks were best known for their 1978 hit Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've).

Buzzcocks lead singer and songwriter Pete Shelley, whose work was integral to the birth of punk rock and influenced later generations of alternative artists, has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 63.

BBC News flagged a tweet by The Charlatans' singer Tim Burgess where he wrote about Shelley's songs, saying they were "perfect three-minute pop songs" that were "the soundtrack to being a teenager".

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Tracey Thorn, formerly one half of dance music duo Everything But The Girl, also paid her respects, quoting from Buzzcocks track 16 Again. The group formed in the 1970s and greatly influenced the music scene in the United Kingdom.

He tweeted: "Pete Shelley wrote flawless three minute pop songs".

Buzzcocks emerged from the late-1970s punk scene in the United Kingdom alongside contemporaries the Sex Pistols.

"Shelley's alternately amusing and anguished lyrics about adolescence and love were some of the best and smartest of his era", Erlewine wrote in AllMusic.

The most recent formation of the band consisted as Pete Shelley on vocals and guitar, Steve Diggle, on vocals and guitar, Chris Remmington on bass and Danny Farrant on drums.

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