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Feb 1976 Pete Shelley real name Peter McNeish (born 1955), Howard Devoto real name Howard Trafford (born 1952). They decide to start a band and chance upon a headline: "It's The Buzz, Cock!"
Apr 1, 1976 Pete Shelley - guitar, Howard Devoto - vocals, Garth Davies (Smith) - bass, Mick Singleton - drums. Notes: One gig. No released recordings.
Jul 20, 1976 - Feb 1977 Pete Shelley - Starway guitar, Howard Devoto - vocals, Steve Diggle (born 1956) - bass, John Maher - drums
Mar 11, 1977 - Oct 7, 1977 Pete Shelley - guitar, vocals, Steve Diggle - guitar John Maher - drums, Garth Smith - bass
Nov 1977 Pete Shelley - guitar, vocals, Steve Diggle - guitar, John Maher - drums, Barry Adamson (on loan from MAGAZINE) - bass Barry Adamson filled in on bass while they held auditions for a permanent bassist. This lineup played 6 dates in November to complete a tour. No released recordings.
Nov 1977 - Mar 6, 1981, (reformed) 1989, (reformed again) Jan 29 - Feb 18, 1992 Pete Shelley - guitar, vocals, keyboards, Steve Diggle - guitar, vocals, John Maher - drums, Steve Garvey (born 1958) - bass The reformed group toured, but released no studio recordings. In 1992 they performed 11 gigs in Europe. There were no studio recordings.
Jan 31, 1990 - Dec 22, 1991 Pete Shelley - guitar, vocals, Steve Diggle - guitar, vocals Steve Garvey - bass, Mike Joyce (ex VICTIM, ex SMITHS) - drums
Apr 21 - May 7, 1992 Pete Shelley - guitar, vocals, Steve Diggle - guitar, vocals, Steve Garvey - bass, Steve Gibson (ex ICICLE WORKS) - drums. Ten gig tour in Australia and New Zealand. No released recordings.
Aug 25, 1992 - Apr 21, 2006 Pete Shelley - guitar, vocals, Steve Diggle - guitar, vocals Tony Barber - bass, Phil Barker - drums
Apr 21, 2006 - December 6, 2018 Pete Shelley - guitar, vocals, Steve Diggle - guitar, vocals Tony Barber - bass, Danny Farrant - drums
Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Bolton, England in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto. They are regarded as a seminal influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rock, power pop, and pop punk. They achieved commercial success with singles that fused pop craftsmanship with rapid-fire punk energy. These singles were collected on Singles Going Steady, an acclaimed compilation album described by critic Ned Raggett as a "punk masterpiece".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" is the excitement of playing on stage; "cock" is northern English slang meaning "friend". They thought it captured the excitement of the nascent punk scene, as well as having humorous sexual connotations following Pete Shelley's time working in a Bolton adult shop. Per the band, there is no "the" in Buzzcocks. Devoto left the band in 1977, after which Pete Shelley became the principal singer-songwriter. After releasing three albums, as well as the "Singles Going Steady" compilation, the band broke up in 1981 following a dispute with their then-record label, but reunited in 1989, since releasing six more albums. Shelley died on 6 December 2018, but the band has remained active. Steve Diggle, the guitarist and co-founder of the band, is singer. They added a new guitarist Mani Perazzoli. They are still touring and draw in large crowds from around the world.