Buzzcocks Frontman Pete Shelley Has Died At 63

Buzzcocks Frontman Pete Shelley Has Died At 63

"It's with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the U.K.'s most influential and prolific songwriters", they tweeted Thursday.

He wrote: "This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, is tell you my brother Pete Shelley had a heart attack this morning and passed away".

The band is known for hits like "Ever Fallen in Love", "Orgasm Addict" and "What Do I Get". The band was formed in 1976 by Shelley and co-founder and original singer Howard Devoto.

BBC News flagged a tweet by The Charlatans' singer Tim Burgess where he wrote about Shelley's songs, saying they were "perfect three-minute pop songs" that were "the soundtrack to being a teenager".

Shelley had a solo career after, releasing the song Do Anything, for the film Some Kind of Wonderful.

Buzzcocks John Maher Steve Garvey Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle
Buzzcocks John Maher Steve Garvey Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle

And singer Tracey Thorn, formerly of Everything But The Girl, said Shelley had been an "amazing songwriter".

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.

He tweeted: "Pete Shelley wrote flawless three minute pop songs".

The most recent formation of the band consisted as Pete Shelley on vocals and guitar, Steve Diggle, on vocals and guitar, Chris Remmington on bass and Danny Farrant on drums.

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