Buzzcocks Front Man Pete Shelley Dead at 63

Pete Shelley, the lead singer influential British punk band Buzzcocks, has died at age 63. The band’s administration confirmed the information to the BBC, saying he died on Thursday a suspected coronary heart assault in Estonia the place he’s been dwelling. Buzzcocks tweeted the announcement as effectively, calling Shelley “one the UK’s most influential and prolific songwriters.” Shelley and former entrance man Howard Devoto shaped Buzzcocks within the mid-1970s and went on to debut as openers for the Sex Pistols. They launched their debut EP, Spiral Scratch, in 1977 shortly after which Devoto exited the band citing inventive variations; Shelley took over as each lead singer and songwriter. The Buzzcocks launched three albums, together with their most-known track “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve),” earlier than initially breaking apart in 1981.

Shelley then transitioned right into a solo artist, releasing multiples albums and the track “Homosapien” that sparked controversy for talking brazenly about homosexual intercourse. Shelley got here out as bisexual round that point, reflecting on the second to Pitchfork in 2009: “They different punk artists] didn’t appear to bat an eyelid, actually. Because the thought what folks know, or the stereotype a punk, hadn’t been shaped.” Buzzcocks later reunited in 1989 and launched six extra albums; their newest was 2014’s The Way.