Pete Shelley – RIP


Probabilmente stroncato da un attacco di cuore in Estonia (dove viveva) all’età di 63 anni. Scompare così Peter Campbell McNeish > Pete Shelley una delle figure cardine del punk britannico, che aveva contribuito a mandare in orbita con i fenomenali Buzzcocks. La scintilla alla base scocca tra lui e Howard Devoto nel 1976. Il primo stop nel 1981 e poi la rivampa del 1989. Da allora niente più soste. Nove album (l’ultimo dei quali ‘The Way’ del 2014) mentre per Shelley anche una manciata di lavori solisti a partire da ‘Sky Yen’ registrato nel 1974 ma uscito solo nel 1980.

BUZZCOCKS > 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.

Tim Burgess > Pete Shelley wrote perfect three minute pop songs. The soundtrack to being a teenager. You’ll be missed Pete but you’ll be remembered for a long long time for your brilliant music

Pearl Jam > Pete Shelley RIP Playing shows with the Buzzcocks was one of the highlights of my life. I listened to Singles and Tension as much as any records I’ve owned. Thank you, Pete, for all the great words and music. Condolences to Steve and the boys. Hollow Inside, JA

Glen Matlock > I am totally shocked and saddened to just hear of the untimely death of Pete Shelley. A superb songwriter, artist and a totally sweet hearted guy who was one of the very few originals of punk and even a one off within that. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Greg Dulli > “I’m the cruiser, you’re the loser.” Adieu, Pete Shelley.

Norman Blake > not been on here for a while, but I can’t not mark the passing of Pete Shelley. I love(d) Buzzcocks. His songs were important to me when I was a young man and they still are to me now. Thank you Pete and R.I.P. You will be missed.

Gaz Coombes > This is very sad news. Such an Incredible songwriter…& those melodies! Thank you for all the amazing music

Tracey Thorn > Oh God but I loved Buzzcocks. And Pete Shelley was an amazing songwriter. “But after all life’s only death’s recompense.” RIP

Gary Kemp > Saw Pete Shelley with the Buzzcocks in August ‘76 supporting the Clash and the Pistols. First punk band I ever heard/saw and that night they helped to change my life. Pete was one of Britain’s best pure pop writers, up there with Ray Davies. To young to go. So very sad.

Juliette Lewis > Heart goes out to you all. I love love love all things @buzzcocks #PeteShelley ‘s one of a kind singing and melodies!! I loved hearing his passion and wailing!Noone like him

Superchunk > So sad to lose Pete Shelley. What an inspiration!

Colin Meloy > oh no! Pete Shelley has died. Rest in power, Pete!

Tanya Donelly > Deeply sad to hear this. RIP, Pete Shelley

Stuart Murdoch > Here’s Pete Shelley talking about the 70s, putting on the Sex Pistols and writing riffs for Magazine

Ted Leo > Ah, christ. He wrote some of my favorites, and was a constant musical presence for most of my life.

Andy Gill > Devastated by Pete Shelley’s death. I produced ‘Ever fallen in love’ in 2005 with him, Plant,Elton,Daltrey in memory of John Peel

Alex Kapranos > Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks were a huge inspiration. What a songwriter! Thanks for everything you gave us. Certainly made me want to be in a band.

Jake Burns > Really saddened to hear of the passing of Pete Shelley. Buzzcocks were one of my favourite bands, fantastic pop songs and uit was a true honour to have them play with us this year in Belfast. R.I.P.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra > Pete Shelley broke a great song down to pure elements. Personally, I first learned how to write songs by immitating buzzcocks songs and their imprint is still in the outlook of every song even to this day. Their catalogue is just banger after banger. Thanks Pete

Edwyn Collins > I wrote for Pete Shelley , Buzzcocks,Blue Boy, The 2 single ,1980, long time ago-Edwyn,

Ryley Walker > Pete Shelley totally fried people’s brains. I’m so sad he’s gone. His solo rippers changed me as much as the buzzcocks. Noooo…..

Duff McKagan > Rest In Peace Pete Shelley . As a lifelong @Buzzcocks fan…I so appreciate the musical influence Pete. Condolences to your family….

Mike Mills > Damn. Pete Shelley gone. The Buzzcocks were and are a favorite of mine, and I was fortunate to be able to hang with Pete a few times and tell him so. R.I.P., Pete

Lloyd Cole > RIP Pete Shelly. For a while there Buzzcocks were just PERFECT. We all loved them.

Captain Sensible > Shocked to hear of the passing of our good mate Pete Shelley who’s fabulous songs are amongst the catchiest in all of punk rock. We will miss you Pete

Marc Almond > A sad Goodbye. How many times have I played and loved and related to What do I Get and Ever Fallen in Love. Too young .thank you Pete.

Lol Tolhurst > I am very sad to hear about Pete Shelley’s passing. He was part of the soundtrack of my youth. Cindy and I were lucky enough to see Buzzcocks in Los Angeles a while back. It was excellent, the fire and beauty of those songs was still there. RIP a true poet of punk.

Ian Broudie > Such sad news about Pete Shelley i have many memories of him-he wrote inspiring brilliant songs-loved watching the Buzzcocks at Erics and in 1978 Big in Japan opened for them at Rafters Manchester and Mountford hall L’pool. God bless RIP X

Peter Hook > Pete Shelley – a true gent! He helped us so much at the start of our career out of a sheer love for all things punk. Without Pete & the Buzzcocks I would probably still be working at the Docks. RIP mate. X