1976-1981, 1989-
Pete ShelleyGuitar, vocals1976-1981, 1989-2018
Steve DiggleGuitar, vocals1977-1981, 1989-
Howard DevotoVocals1976-1977
Steve GarveyBass1977-1981
John MaherDrums1977-1981
Danny FarrantDrums2006-
Chris RemmingtonBass2008-

Buzzcocks Artistfacts

  • Buzzcocks were one of the "brainier" punk bands to emerge from England's first wave. As Pete Shelley told The Quietus, "Both me and Howard Devoto did humanities at Bolton Institute of Technology [where they also received honorary doctorates in July 2009]. I was doing philosophy and comparative European literature when Buzzcocks started. As Steve Diggle says, we were punks with library cards."
  • After leaving the Buzzcocks in 1977, singer Howard Devoto went on to form the popular post-punk outfit, Magazine.
  • During the Buzzcocks' split in the mid '80s, Pete Shelley issued several solo albums (the most popular being 1983's XL1), while Steve Diggle formed a new band, Flag of Convenience.
  • The Buzzcocks were invited by Nirvana to open select dates on the grunge outfit's last-ever European tour, in early 1994. Steve Diggle offered a standout memory he has of Kurt Cobain: "Doing two grams of coke is one of my famous stories with him."
  • Another renowned Grunge act is also fans of the Buzzcocks - Pearl Jam - who had the group open US shows for them in 2003, including the Buzzcocks' first-ever appearance at New York's Madison Square Garden.
  • When Henry Rollins began hosting his own radio show on Los Angeles' Indie 103.1 in 2004, the show was titled Harmony in My Head, after a classic Buzzcocks tune.
  • The Buzzcocks were one of the first bands to successfully cross pop with punk. They were a big influence on The Go-Go's, who followed suit. Jane Wiedlin told us: our favorite band, the band that we always tried to emulate was the Buzzcocks, who had that great pop song done in a punky style."

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  • Bex from Philadelphia Pa Usarip PETE SHELLEY ... you will never be forgotten. -BEX Z191TV , Athena Music MEdia. the FIRE
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