Pete Shelley | 1955-2018

In memory of one of punks most erudite voices

Tuesday 18th December 2018

Pete Shelley, one of the most eloquent lyricists, and most evocative musicians of his generation, sadly passed away on 6th December 2018.

With Buzzcocks, and as a solo artist, Pete Shelley stood out from British punk's other key protagonists with his frank and honest lyrics, confronting the establishment's attitudes to bisexuality and other themes of sexual liberty and modern relationships. Songs such as 'Orgasm Addict', 'What Do I Get?' and 'Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)' became instant adolescent anthems, and remain so today.

While many figures of the punk movement cultivated a riotous outward persona, Pete Shelley gained a reputation as a rational, polite and erudite voice in the debates that dominated the public and media discourse of the period.

Buzzcocks were also responsible for organising the seminal Sex Pistols gig at Manchester's Lesser Free Hall in June, 1976. The gig inspired a new musical generation and they played support for the Pistols later that year. At the end of ’76, Buzzcocks had recorded on their own New Hormones label, making them one of the first punk groups to establish an independent record company.


Fred Perry Subculture were honoured to present Buzzcocks at SubcultureLive in 2015, in London. 

The videos of the gig show just how relevant and current Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks' music and legacy still are to the present day.

Pete Shelley | 1955-2018

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