Updated on December 6, 2016 at 6:45 p.m. EST
Pete Shelley, vocalist of the punk rock band Buzzcocks, died at 63, according to the band. "It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the most influential and prolific composers in the United States," they tweeted Thursday. The Buzzcocks were known for their success "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn)", according to BBC News. The group formed in the 1970s and greatly influenced the U.K music scene. The the band said"Pete's music inspired generations of musicians in a career that stretched for five decades … and was made to the fullest by the music industry and its fanatics around the world."
Pete's music inspired generations of musicians through a career spanning five decades and with his band and as a solo artist, he was made to the fullest by the music industry and his fans around the world. A more detailed statement will follow. – Buzzcocks (@Buzzcocks) December 6, 2018
BBC News quoted music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine as saying the band was "inspired by the energy of the Sex Pistols," although it did not copy the political stance of Pistols. "Erlewine wrote that Buzzcocks was one of the most influential groups to emerge in the initial wave of punk rock – to the inspiration of Nirvana. "Shelley's alternately fun and distraught lyrics about adolescence and love were some of the best and most intelligent of her era," wrote Erlewine at AllMusic.
Pete Shelley wrote perfect pop songs of three minutes. The soundtrack to be a teenager. You will lose Pete but you will remember for a long time your brilliant music https://t.co/bt03fGbcgd- Tim Burgess (@ Tim_Burgess) December 6, 2018
BBC News tagged a tweet by the singer of The Charlatans, Tim Burgess, where he wrote about the songs of Shelley, saying that they were "perfect pop songs of three minutes" that they were "the soundtrack to be a teenager." The Buzzcocks, with Steve Diggle (L), Pete Shelley, Steve Garvey and Danny Farrant (back) perform in "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" at CBS Television City on July 24, 2006, in Los Angeles.
Shelley, whose real name was Peter Campbell McNeish, was born in the English city of Leigh in 1955 and founded the band with Howeard Devoto; The Buzzcocks debuted in 1976 in Manchester, opening for Sex Pistols, according to The Associated Press. The AP said that the Buzzcocks broke in the early 80's, but they met in the late 80's and have been performing and recording in the last three decades. .
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