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Buzzcocks

British punk rock band

Buzzcocks

British punk rock band
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Biography

Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Bolton, England in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto. They are regarded as a seminal influence on the Manchester music scene,[citation needed] the independent record label movement, punk rock, power pop, and pop punk. They achieved commercial success with singles that fused pop craftsmanship with rapid-fire punk energy. These singles were collected on Singles Going Steady, described by critic Ned Raggett as a “punk masterpiece”.
Devoto and Shelley chose the name “Buzzcocks” after reading the headline, “It’s the Buzz, Cock!”, in a review of the TV series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. The “buzz” is the excitement of playing on stage; “cock” is northern English slang meaning “friend”. They thought it captured the excitement of the nascent punk scene, as well as having humorous sexual connotations following Pete Shelley’s time working in a Bolton adult shop. Per the band, there is no “the” in Buzzcocks.
Devoto left the band in 1977, after which Pete Shelley became the principal singer-songwriter. After releasing three albums, as well as the “Singles Going Steady” compilation, the band broke up in 1981 following a dispute with their then-record label, but reunited in 1989, since releasing six more albums. Shelley died on 6 December 2018, but the band has remained active with guitarist and co founding member Steve Diggle assuming lead vocal duties. They added a new guitarist Mani Perazzoli. They are still touring and draw in large crowds from around the world.

Associated Acts

Flag of Convenience Magazine

Genres

Punk rock pop punk new wave

Labels

United Artists I.R.S. Cooking Vinyl ROIR EMI

Origin

Bolton, Greater Manchester, England

Website
Years Active

1976 1981 1989 present

Name

Buzzcocks

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