Buzzcocks Leader Pete Shelley Dies at 63


Pete Shelley, the lead singer of punk band The Buzzcocks, has died aged 63 of a suspected heart attack.

The band is known for hits like "Ever Fallen in Love", "Orgasm Addict" and "What Do I Get".

The news was confirmed on Buzzcocks' Facebook page, with a statement which reads: "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".

Teenage Fanclub singer Norman Blake tweeted how important Shelley's songs had been in his youth, and remained so today.

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After the band split, Shelley released his own music, with his debut single Homosapien being banned by the BBC for "explicit reference to gay sex". The singer, songwriter and guitarist was inspired to form Buzzcocks after seeing the Sex Pistols perform.

It was at this time that Shelley talked about his bisexuality, which had been implicit in numerous Buzzcocks songs he had written.

In 1989, Buzzcocks reunited, and in 1993 released a new album.

In 2005, Shelley re-recorded Ever Fallen in Love with an all-star group, including Roger Daltrey, David Gilmour, Peter Hook, Elton John, Robert Plant and several contemporary bands, as a tribute to John Peel.