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Pete Shelley

Band: The Buzzcocks

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Pete Shelley died aged sixty-three on 6th December 2018 of a heart attack in Tallinn, Estonia and was survived by his second wife, Greta his son and younger brother, Gary.photo of Pete Shelley
Pete Shelley was born Peter Campbell McNeish on 17th April 1955 in Leigh, Lancashire, England, U.K. and formed the Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto after they met at the Bolton Institute of Technology in 1975. The band included bass guitarist Steve Diggle and drummer John Maher and made their first appearance in 1976 in Manchester, opening for the Sex Pistols.
In 1977 the Buzzcocks released their first EP, Spiral Scratch, on their independent label, New Hormones. When Devoto left the band in February 1977, Pete Shelley took over as the lead vocalist and chief songwriter. Working with the producer Martin Rushent, the band created the punk/new wave singles "Orgasm Addict", "What Do I Get?" and "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)", along with three LPs: Another Music in a Different Kitchen in 1978, Love Bites in 1978 and A Different Kind of Tension in 1979. Difficulties with their record company and a dispute with Virgin Publishing over the UK release of their greatest hits record brought the band to an end in 1981.
Pete Shelley's solo debut album Sky Yen was recorded in 1974 but remained unheard until it was released on 12" vinyl on Pete's own label, Groovy Records, in 1980. It was recorded as a continuous piece of music using a purpose-built oscillator, and used layered electronics and playback speed manipulation to achieve its experimental feel.
In 1981 Pete Shelley released his first solo single, the song "Homosapien", produced by Rushent. On this recording he returned to his original interests in electronic music and shifted emphasis from guitar to synthesiser. "Homosapien" was banned by the BBC for "explicit reference to gay sex" but iIn the American dance chart, "Homosapien" peaked at number fourteen. It was at this time that Pete Shelley talked about his bisexuality, which had been implicit in many of the songs he had written, but now came to wider attention due to "Homosapien" and the BBC ban. The single was followed by an LP of the same title.
Pete Shelley released his second LP XL1 in 1983 on Genetic Records. As well as the minor hit "Telephone Operator", the album included a computer program for the ZX Spectrum with lyrics and graphics that displayed in time to the music.
In June 1986 Pete Shelley released the single "Never Again", followed by the album Heaven and the Sea. In 1987 he followed the album with a new song, "Do Anything", for the film 'Somimage of Pete Shelleye Kind of Wonderful'. Pete composed the theme music for the intro of the Tour de France on Channel 4, which was used from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s.
Pete recorded a new version of "Homosapien", called "Homosapien II", in 1989. The single featured four mixes of the new recording. He played with various other musicians during his career, including the Invisible Girls who backed punk poet John Cooper Clarke. Pete Shelley also formed a short-lived band called the Tiller Boys. He briefly reunited with Howard Devoto to make the LP Buzzkunst, released in 2002. Pete appeared on the 2005 debut EP by the Los Angeles band the Adored, who toured with the Buzzcocks the following year.

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song:'HomoSapien' by Pete Shelley