All time classic Punk band.
Buzzcocks were formed in Bolton in 1976 by singer/guitarist/songwriter Pete Shelley and singer/songwriter Howard Devoto.
Devoto and Shelley chose 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. The buzz being about the excitement of playing on stage, whilst cock is Manchester slang meaning mate/friend/buddy. They thought it captured the excitement of the Sex Pistols and nascent Punk scene.
After the Breakup
1989 and we see the Buzzcocks reunite, as well as release a new full-length recording, "Trade Test Transmissions", this came out in 1993. The band continue to tour and record, and most recently released the album "The Way" in 2014.
They toured with bands such as Nirvana, the Adored, the Strays, Lola Ray, and Images.
In 2005, Shelley re-recorded "Ever Fallen in Love" with an all-star group, including Roger Daltrey, David Gilmour, Peter Hook, Elton John, Robert Plant and several contemporary bands, as a tribute to John Peel. Proceeds went to Amnesty International.
Pete Shelley also performed the song live at the 2005 UK Music Hall of Fame.
1) Another Music in a Different Kitchen (1978)
2) Love Bites (1978)
3) A Different Kind of Tension (1979)
4) Trade Test Transmissions (1993)
5) All Set (1996)
6) Modern (1999)
7) Buzzcocks (2003)
8) Flat-Pack Philosophy (2006)
9) The Way (2014)
Members Name Check
- Pete Shelley - Vocals, Guitar (1976–81, 1989–present)
- Steve Diggle - Guitar, Vocals (1977–81, 1989–present), Bass (1976–77)
- Chris Remington - Bass (2008–Present)
- Danny Farrant - Drums (2006–Present)
- Howard Devoto - Lead Vocals (1976–77)
- Garth Smith - Bass (1976, 1977)
- Mick Singleton - Drums (1976)
- John Maher - Drums (1976–81, 1989, 1992)
- Barry Adamson - Bass (1977)
- Steve Garvey - Bass (1977–81, 1989–92
- Mike Joyce - Drums (1990–91)
- Steve Gibson - Drums (1992)
- Tony Barber - Bass (1992–2008)
- Phil Barker - Drums (1992–2006)