Pete Shelley, the lead singer of Buzzcocks, of 63 years, passed away on Thursday after suffering a heart attack. The singer, whose real name is Peter Campbell McNeish, died in Tallinn, capital of Estonia, where he had lived since 2012.

At this stage of the game, because we can tell the truth about punk british. The Sex Pistols were not revolutionaries in the profession: simply, wanted to become pop stars, with a bid thought-provoking. Is autodestruyeron too soon but waved a fabulous puller to restless teenagers. Among them were Shelley and his friend Howard Devoto, who saw them in 1976 in a pub on the outskirts of London.


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The reaction was immediate: he became the first punks of Manchester, and formed the group Buzzcocks, a name that meant nothing but it has echoes sex. A few months later, they hired the Sex Pistols to act in a small hall, where they wanted to exercise the support band. Could not be: the training was not consolidated. It turned out also a disaster in economic terms but the concert has reached dimensions mythical; it was recreated in the film 24 Hour Party People and is considered the big bang of the sound of Manchester.

The first album of Buzzcocks, Spiral Scratch, sounded crude and abundant clichés. But, in 1977, a Devotee is split to form a group of intellectually ambitious, Magazine. And Buzzcocks signed a contract with United Artists, multinational with a friendly team, with Andrew Lauder as a talent scout, where he became a gleaming machine of punk-pop.

Shelley soon remarked a particular territory: from the first person, exploring the dramas of love and desire at the tender age, issues largely ignored in the asexuated punk. Kalebet So, Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t ‘ve) talked about a couple incompatible for social reasons; between the lines suggested a relationship gay (Shelley acknowledged bisexual). The message was universal: the theme would be success in 1986, in the version of Fine Young Cannibals.

The Buzzcocks benefited from a file of songs produced by Pete during his student years. Songs that could incorporate the chorus to the Beatles, as required by the aesthetics of the new wave, or rhythms insistent derived from the kraut rock. In some corners didn’t sound very far away from neighbors like The Smiths or Joy Division.

Crushed by the demands of work and prone to depressive episodes, Shelley disbanded the group in 1981 and regained its fascination for pop-mail. Again, I joined Andrew Lauder, then in the Island. There she published Homosapien, about half done with producer Martin Rushent; the BBC, which already had him under surveillance for Orgasm Addict, was quick to veto the main song, where detected, attention, a “proclamation homosexual”. In real life, Shelley was playing in two bands: had relationships with women, married twice and became the father of a family.

The change in aesthetics was not too popular amongst his audience. In 1989, Buzzcocks reunited and showed to be in good shape. In later decades, released both discs of direct as collections of new songs. The last was the Way (2014), funded by micromecenazgos. Had already achieved a “reputation discreet” that allowed him to work on a whim, also in Buzzkunst, a disk half with a Devotee.