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When punk rock raged, Buzzcocks's Pete Shelley stuck with love songs and changed the history of music

Pete Shelley of British punk band Buzzcocks performs at the Marvin Festival in Mexico City in May. (Marco Ugarte / AP) In the late 1970s, the dazzling fire explosion of punk rock was out of fuel in England. The motley assortment of musicians who had revitalized rock music with percussive chords and raw vocals had either imploded, like the Sex Pistols, or was shattering into a new musical terrain. Elvis Costello added clean sounds to the production and keyboard, helping to shape the new wave. Joy Division and Wire have turned their music into canvases of ambitious artistic projects. The Clash had to fill the stadiums of hymns inspired by reggae and dance hall. By the end of the decade, punk was no longer like punk. But the group that has probably left the biggest mark on punk rock has become a legend not by changing format, but by remaining true to the basics of pop. Buzzcocks, a quartet from Manchester, made its debut in 1978 with a pair of albums that would be among the greatest achievements of its kind. It's a legacy that deserves a second look after Thursday's news that Pete Shelley, the band's composer and guitarist, died at the age of 63 from an alleged heart attack, as reported by the BBC. The friendly melody of Shelley and Buzzcocks opened the way to alternative rock that defined the 1990s, as well as the pop punk and emo that still reigns today. Without the band, there would probably be no Pixies, Nirvana, Blink-182 or Paramore. "Buzzcocks has pretty much invented a style that would affect generations of lonely hearts and crazy people," Billie Joe Armstrong, leader of Green Day, wrote on Instagram on Thursday. "Never fear to write beautiful melodies in fast punk and powerful." Shelley – Peter McNeish, born at the University of Bolton in Manchester, was a student at the University of Bolton, where he read, along with another student by the name of Howard Trafford, a review of the first 1976, according to l & # 39; Independent. Friends went to see the revolutionary act and immediately launched what was to become Buzzcocks. Although the group plays its first shows for the Sex Pistols, its style is not a true copy of the music that Johnny Rotten and his company used to shock the establishment. The band was playing with the same frenzied energy of amphetamine as its old punk cohorts. But the Pistols screamed about the anarchy and violence that was tearing the street. The Clash talked about geopolitics. Shelley, however, has sung frustrated love and romance songs with headlines such as "What do I get?" And "Never fell in love" (with someone you do not know). Should not have) ". The music was also anchored in catchy melodies directly influenced by the Beatles. And the singer's shrill voice contrasted directly with Joe Strummer's bark or Rotten's acid cry. The Buzzcocks still managed to spark controversy with their music. The group's first single, "Orgasm Addict", was banned from the radio by the BBC because of the declared sexual message of the song, according to Allmusic.com. The single "blackball" only reinforces the profile of Buzzcocks among punk fans. In 1978, the band released two albums: "Another Music in a Different Kitchen" and "Love Bites". But the compilation of 24 titles of the group published in 1979, "Singles Going Steady", will remain final. declaration. The hectic pace of recordings and tours exhausted band members, forcing Shelley and Buzzcocks to quit in 1981. The band regrouped in the 1990s and continued to produce music until the end of the 1990s. in 2014. However, the musical legacy of Buzzcocks was cemented by these love songs written as traditional punk broke apart. The death of Shelley was announced Thursday on the occasion of the Twitter page. "It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Pete Shelley, one of the most influential and prolific songwriters in the UK," the message says. The tributes to Shelley began to flow immediately from both his original punks and his young musicians inspired by the group's classic years. "I am totally shocked and saddened to hear about Pete Shelley's untimely death," Glen Bassock, original Sex Pistols guitarist wrote on Twitter. "A superb songwriter, an artist and a very sweet-hearted man who has been one of the few original punk and even an exception in this area." More from Morning Mix: Trump Called Journalists "THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE! & # 39; the photographer had a powerful refutation. Heather Nauert cited D-Day as the summit of US-German relations. She is now heading to the United Nations. An Arizona school district has banned a campus state official after saying African Americans "do not mingle" .

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