Saturday, April 7, 2012


Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Bolton in 1976, led by singer–songwriter–guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter-guitarist Steve Diggle.
They are regarded as an important influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rock, power pop, pop punk and indie rock. They achieved commercial success with singles that fused pop craftsmanship with rapid-fire punk energy. These singles were collected on Singles Going Steady, described by critic Ned Raggett as a "punk masterpiece". The widely covered "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" remains one of their best-known songs, along with "Harmony in my Head".
The name "Buzzcocks" was chosen by Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley after reading the headline "it's the buzz, cocks!" in a review of the TV series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. The "buzz" is the excitement of playing on stage; "cock" is Manchester slang meaning "mate" (as in friend/buddy). They thought it captured the excitement of the Sex Pistols and nascent punk scene.
Origin: Bolton, England
Genres: Punk rock, pop punk, New Wave
Years active: 1976–1981, 1989–present
Labels: United Artists, I.R.S., Cooking Vinyl, ROIR, EMI
Associated acts: Flag of Convenience, Magazine
Members: Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle, Chris Remmington, Danny Farrant.
Past members:Howard Devoto, Garth, Mick Singleton, John Maher, Barry Adamson, Steve Garvey, Mike Joyce, Tony Barber, Phil Barker.



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