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Bolton, Greater Manchester, UK (1976 – 1981, 1992 – present)

Buzzcocks are an English band formed in Bolton, Greater Manchester, UK in 1976, led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Pete Shelley for nearly their entire existence.

They are commonly regarded as an important influence on the music scene, the independent record label movement and the , , and genres in general. They are primarily remembered for their singles, a string of would-be hits that combined a strong grasp of song craftsmanship with rapid-fire energy. These singles were collected on Singles Going Steady, described by critic Ned Raggett as a “ masterpiece” The widely covered “Ever Fallen in Love?” remains one of their best-known songs.

The name “Buzzcocks” partially comes from the slang term cock meaning youngster, and its use in the 19 ITV drama serial Rock Follies which included the catch phrases “that’s the buzz, cocks” and “give me a buzz, cock!”

Buzzcocks were one of the key first generation British bands to form in the wake of The Sex Pistols in 1976. They were founded by Mancunians Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto, however Devoto left soon after the group released their Spiral Scratch EP (on their own label), leaving Shelley to take over vocals.


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