Buzzcocks Frontman Pete Shelley Passes Away

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Buzzcocks Frontman Pete Shelley Passes Away

Pete Shelley, known best as the frontman of English punk outfit Buzzcocks, has died.

The punk band Buzzcocks has confirmed "with great sadness" the death of the band's co-founder, Pete Shelley, whom it called "one of the U.K.'s most influential and prolific songwriters".

According to the BBC, Shelley suffered a heart attack at his home in Estonia. It was a true honour to have them play with us this year in Belfast.

It was at college that Shelley met Davoto, and the pair traveled to London together to see the Sex Pistols perform; it was less than a year later that they opened for the band in Manchester.

Buzzcocks then signed to United Artists in 1977, recording a trio of classic albums for the label: 1978's Another Music in a Different Kitchen and Love Bites, and 1979's A Different Kind of Tension.

Stiff Little Fingers singer Jake Burns wrote: "Really saddened to hear about the passing of Pete Shelley".

The band were part of the British punk/new wave eras with singles such as Orgasm Addict, What Do I Get?, and Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've).

The band was celebrated for their catchy, yet urgent three-minute songs and are often regarded, along with the Sex Pistols and The Clash, as among the originators of punk. The band released 10 studio albums and toured extensively. The Buzzcocks re-formed in 1989.

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