Pete Shelley - Buzzcocks singer

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  1. 172traindriver

    172traindriver Legendary Member

    Just seen on BBC news he has passed away suddenly.
    Happy days watching him and others leading the punk movement.
    RIP Pete
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    I saw them 3 times at Blackburn's King George's Hall,so i must have liked them a bit.
  3. nickyboy

    nickyboy Norven Mankey

    That's sad. He was very talented. Used to love the Buzzcocks
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  4. Adam4868

    Adam4868 Veteran

    Too young,saw them a few times.RIP
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  5. Grant Fondo

    Grant Fondo Parks, Hotels and Palaces, Europe Endless.

    Leigh's finest gone. Sad day
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  6. The Crofted Crest

    The Crofted Crest Senior Member

    That is really sad news. RIP, Pete.
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  7. "Sop chuckin' f..k..g beer mats you self-gratification artists,or we go off" said Pete Shelly to the audience when someone found a box of them behind the bar and passed them around so we could throw them at the stage in appreciation. Heck that was 40 long years ago!

    I wonder if he shortened his first name to stop being confused with this bloke?

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  8. greenmark

    greenmark Veteran

    Hong Kong

  9. But i thought the opening song in the 80's and 90's was this one?:scratch:

  10. GuyBoden

    GuyBoden Fat, old bloke, on an old bike, pedalling slowly.

    RIP Pete Shelley

    The first guitar riff I learned back in 1977, was Boredom by Buzzcocks. (Off the Spiral Scratch EP with Devoto singing)
    The two note solo was beyond my ability.^_^Great stuff at the time.

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  11. winjim

    winjim A youth of interminable age

    Oh shoot.
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  12. Another part of my youth gone. I discovered the Buzzcocks in 1978 and absolutely loved them.

    I still have some of their records in a box upstairs - Spiral Scratch, Everybody's Happy Nowadays, Ever Fallen in Love, as well as their first album (hm, not their greatest work) - and if I still had a turntable I would go off and play them now.
  13. nickyboy

    nickyboy Norven Mankey

    There were a few bands of the punk era that had genuine songwriting ability such as The Jam, The Damned, The Clash. I'd put the Buzzcocks up there with them
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  14. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

    I was almost certainly at one of those accy for I too saw them at Blackburn King George's Hall in the pretty early days.

    And re your recollection below, I do remember Pete Shelley, in his rather petulant sounding voice (at the time I wondered if it was for real so unpunk did it sound) stopping the band and threatening to walk from the stage if people didn't stop spitting at them - for some reason at the time thought to be a mark of appreciation.

    Great band, great songs - besides the drive and aggression there was a real melodic pop sensibility about them.

    I saw them again years later in London (90s I guess) - still a great band but there was something odd about Pete singing songs in his 30s about teen angst.

    RIP Pete. Damn shocking when folk from that era go. ie - my bleedin' youth.

    edit - several pieces on him in the Guardian - will read later.
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  15. I'm not too sure but i think maybe The Ramones were a support to The Buzzcocks at one of their Blackburn gigs. I know The Ramones were support band somewhere long the line at that venue. When you tell youngsters that you saw the Buzzcocks 3 times,The Ramones,The Clash 3 times, AC/DC and The Jam twice in Blackburn, they seem to think you're making it up. Mind you i felt the same when those older than me said they saw The Beatles and The Stones in places Like The Nelson Imperial near Burnley!
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