Punk rock pioneer Pete Shelley died yesterday, aged 63, from a heart attack reports suggest.
Shelley fronted British punk band The Buzzcocks who formed in 1976 and continued to have hits for over a decade such as Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve), Orgasm Addict, and a successful album in Never Mind The Buzzcocks (its title a tongue-in-cheek ode to the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks).
The Buzzcocks’ trademark sound was a blend of catchy pop and guitar-drenched punk rock.
Pete Shelley also enjoyed a bit of a solo career, his most successful single being the camp electronic track Homosapien in 1981.
Shelley leaves behind his Estonian-born Canadian wife, Greta, and a brother, Gary McNeish, who announced his death on Facebook late last night.