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Pete Shelley Obituary

Pete Shelley (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
Pete Shelley (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
Pete Shelley (1955 – 2018) was the lead singer of the highly influential punk band the Buzzcocks. He died from a heart attack at the age of 63 at his home in Estonia.

Shelley was one of the co-founders of the Buzzcocks, called the pioneers of pop punk. The band was inspired by the Sex Pistols and formed in Manchester in 1975. Shelley had a knack for writing strong pop hooks to go along with the intense energy of the band’s songs.

Though the band never achieved superstardom, they greatly influenced many musicians. Green Day used the pop punk blueprint from their heroes the Buzzcocks to become one of the world’s biggest rock bands. Nirvana, Husker Du, and many other critically acclaimed bands were fans of the band.

The Buzzcock’s biggest hit song was “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve),” which hit number 12 in the UK in 1978. Shelley wrote the classic song about unrequited teenage love.

The band broke up in 1981 and reformed in 1989, continuing to tour and release albums.

Shelley released several solo albums and had a minor hit song in 1981 with his first single, “Homosapien.”

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Published online on December 6, 2018 courtesy of Tributes.com
Pete Shelley (1955 – 2018) was the lead singer of the highly influential punk band the Buzzcocks. He died from a heart attack at the age of 63 at his home in Estonia. For full obituary and coverage... Read Obituary

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