18 April 2020

PETE SHELLEY, the late great punk legend and frontman of Buzzocks would have been
65 today. He was born, named Peter Campbell McNeish, on 17 April 1955. Unfortunately, he left us on 6 December 2018. A brilliant singer-songwriter and musician whose solo work isn’t praised as much as it deserves. Shelley made four solos albums between 1979 and 1986 (Sky Yen / Homosapien / XL-1 / Heaven And The Sea) and one album called Buzzkunst,
in 2002, with his one-time Buzzcock pal Howard Devoto.

To celebrate his 65th birthday I picked three standout solo tracks. Here we go…

(From XL-1, 1986)

(From Homosapien, 1981 )

(From Heaven And The Sea – 1986)


15 March 2019

(pic: Getty)

Howard Andrew Trafford, better known as HOWARD DEVOTO was born on 15 March 1952 in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. He started his musical career as frontman of the fab Manchester pop punks Buzzcocks along the late great Pete Shelley. It was actually Devoto and Shelley who came up with the name Buzzcocks after reading the headline, ‘It’s the Buzz, Cock!‘, in a review of the TV Series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. Devoto left in 1977 after the band released their legendary Spiral Scratch EP and he formed the excellent post punk band Magazine. Here are three tracks to celebrate the man’s 67th birthday

– BREAKDOWN – (from Buzzcocks‘s Spiral Scratch EP)

(from Magazine‘s third LP ‘The Correct Use Of Soap‘)

– PARADE – (from Magazine‘s debut LP ‘Real Life‘)

MAGAZINE: Facebook – All Albums

Left Pete Shelley (R.I.P), right Howard Devoto

PETE SHELLEY Influenced Many Modern Dance Acts With ‘HOMOSAPIEN’…

12 December 2018

The unfortunately late (really weird to use that word all of a sudden) Pete Shelley didn’t only write a ton of razor-sharp sounding punk pop Buzzcocks classics, but as he went his own way for the first time in 1981 he made a surprisingly heavy synths loaded dance pop album, entitled HOMOSAPIEN which inspired many future electronic acts over the years. The utterly catchy and clever title track even inspired LCD Soundsystem‘s maestro James Murphy for his quite similar cutting 2007 soundbite called North American Scum.

Thanks for the music, homosapien…

I don’t wanna classify you
Like an animal in the zoo
But it seems good to me to know
That you’re Homosapien too

Album in full…

PETE SHELLEY: Discography

BUZZCOCKS Frontman PETE SHELLEY Passed Away Today At 63 – Rest In Peace…

Frontman and songwriter Pete Shelley of Manchester punk legends
BUZZCOCKS died of a heart attack today, 6 December 2018. Only 63.

The band’s Facebook page unveiled the news around 10 PM…
“It’s with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the UK’s most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks. Pete’s music has inspired generations of musicians over a career that spanned
five decades and with his band and as a solo artist, he was held in the highest regard by
the music industry and by his fans around the world.”

NME’s In Memoriam / BUZZCOCKS: Facebook – Website

(photo on top: BBC – Top Of The Pops)


When timeless in sound and vision it’s a …


19 January 2018

SHOT BY BOTH SIDES is an impressive jigsaw classic by MAGAZINE. Written by its frontman Howard Devoto and Buzzcocks’ mastermind Pete Shelley (they actually both formed pop punks Buzzcocks in 1976, Devoto left after a few months to start his own band). The song was inspired by Devoto‘s girlfriend who said to him after a political discussion: “Oh, you’ll end up shot by both sides” and has sonically nothing to do with punk whatsoever. It’s just a monumental, paranoid pushed up eruption released as a single on 20 January 1978, 40 years ago. Go frenzy here…

Audio version…

On legendary British TV show Top Of The Tops

MAGAZINE: Facebook – Discography

SHOT BY BOTH SIDES appeared also on their superb debut album REAL LIFE