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Pete Shelley - My 70s

Pete Shelley recalls the decade he formed the punk band Buzzcocks with Steve Diggle.

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Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band, formed in Bolton in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto.

They are regarded as an important influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rock, power pop, pop punk and indie rock. 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, cocks!", in a review of the TV series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. The "buzz" is the excitement of playing on stage; "cock" is Manchester slang meaning "mate" (as in friend/buddy). They thought it captured the excitement of the Sex Pistols and nascent punk scene.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Love Bites

    Love Bites 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    An essential purchase for anyone remotely interested in punk's history.
  2. Review of 30

    30 2008

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    An essential addition to any fan's collection.
  3. Review of Time's Up

    Time's Up 2000

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...provides a crucial link between the real roots of English punk and what was to follow.
  4. Review of Singles Going Steady

    Singles Going Steady 1979

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    ...this captures the group at their fleeting best...
  5. Review of Another Music in a Different Kitchen

    Another Music in a Different Kitchen 1978

    Reviewed by David Quantick
    Everything about Buzzcocks’ 1978 debut is right.
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