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Pete Shelley Bio, Wiki, Age, Wife (Greta) Parents, Cause of Death, Net Worth, Buzzcocks

Lead Singer of punk band Buzzcocks Pete Shelley dies at 63

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Pete Shelley Bio

Pete Shelley (born Peter Campbell McNeish on 17th April 1955) and died on 6th December 2018 aged 63 of a suspected heart attack. He was an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist. In 1975, He formed Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto and was the lead singer and guitarist from 1977 when Devoto left, releasing “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)” in 1978. The band broke up in 1981, reforming in 1989. Shelley also had a solo career which began with the release of Sky Yen in 1980, recorded in 1974.
Pete Shelley Background information
Pete Shelley Birth name Peter Campbell McNeish
Pete Shelley Born He was born on 17th April 1955 Leigh, Lancashire, England
Pete Shelley Origin Manchester, England
Pete Shelley Death and Cause He died on 6th December 2018 (aged 63) Estonia, the UK of a suspected heart attack
Pete Shelley Wife Greta Shelley (m? – 2018)
Pete Shelley Net Worth He had an estimated Net Worth of € 6.2 as at the time of his death
  • Punk rock
  • pop punk
  • new wave
  • power pop
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1974–2018
Labels I.R.S., Cooking Vinyl, Island
Associated acts
  • Buzzcocks
  • Jets Of Air
  • The Tiller Boys
  • Howard Devoto
  • Steve Diggle
  • ShelleyDevoto
  • The Adored

Pete Shelley Biography

Shelley parents were Margaret and John McNeish who resided at 48 Milton Street, in Leigh, UK. Margaret was an ex-mill worker in the town, while John was a fitter at the nearby Astley Green Colliery. He had a younger brother, Gary.

Pete Shelley Buzzcocks

Shelley formed Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto after the two met at the Bolton Institute of Technology (now the University of Bolton). He after that travelled to High Wycombe, near London, to see the Sex Pistols. Buzzcocks debuted in 1976 in Manchester, opening for the Sex Pistols

Buzzcocks released their first EP, Spiral Scratch, on their independent label, New Hormones in 1977. Shelley took over as the lead vocalist and chief songwriter when Devoto left the group in February 1977. Working with the producer Martin Rushent, the band went on to create 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 (1978), Love Bites (1978), and A Different Kind of Tension (1979). The UK release of their most successful hit record, Singles Going steady brought difficulties with their record company and a dispute with Virgin Publishing resulting to a halt to the band in 1981.

Pete Shelley Solo career

Shelley’s debut album Sky Yen was recorded in 1974 but remained unheard until it was released on 12″ vinyl on Shelley’s own label, Groovy Records, in March 1980. It was recorded as one continuous piece of music with a purpose-built oscillator and was notable for its use of layered electronics and playback speed manipulation to achieve its experimental feel. Rooted in electronic music, the record has been compared with krautrock. Also released on Groovy Records was the soundtrack LP Hangahar by Sally Timms and Lindsay Lee, which included Shelley as a musician, and an album by artists Eric Random, Barry Adamson and Francis Cookson under the name Free Agents. After these releases, Groovy Records never released another album.

In 1981 Shelley released his first solo single, the song “Homosapien,” again produced by Rushent. On this recording he returned to his original interests in electronic music and shifted emphasis from guitar to synthesiser; Rushent’s elaborate drum machine and synthesiser programming laid the groundwork for his next production, the chart-topping album Dare by The Human League. “Homosapien” was banned by the BBC for “explicit reference to gay sex.” In the US dance chart, “Homosapien” peaked at number fourteen. It was at this time that 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 next year saw the controversial single followed by an LP of the same title.

In 1983, Shelley released his second LP XL1 on Genetic Records. In addition to the minor hit “Telephone Operator,” the album included a computer program for the ZX Spectrum which featured lyrics and graphics which displayed in time with the music. Rushent and Shelley produced XL1.

Pete Shelley Buzzcocks

Pete Shelley singing with Buzzcocks at Shepherds Bush Empire, 30th January 2009. In June 1986 Shelley released Heaven and the Sea. In 1987 he followed the album with a new song, “Do Anything,” for the film Some Wonderful. He composed the theme music for the intro of the Tour de France on Channel 4, which was used from the late 1980s to mid-1990s.

Shelley recorded a new version of “Homosapien” entitled “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. Shelley also formed a short-lived band called The Tiller Boys. In 2002, He briefly reunited with Howard Devoto to make the LP Buzzkunst. Shelley also appeared on the 2005 debut EP by the Los Angeles band The Adored, who toured with Buzzcocks the following year.

Pete Shelley Buzzcocks reform

Buzzcocks reunited in 1989 and released a new full-length album, Trade Test Transmissions, in 1993. They continued to tour and record, their most recent release being the CD The Way in 2014. In 2005, Shelley re-recorded “Ever Fallen in Love” with an all-star group, including Roger Daltrey, David Gilmour, Peter Hook, Elton John, Robert Plant, and several contemporary bands, as a tribute to John Peel; proceeds went to Amnesty International. Shelley also performed the song live at the 2005 UK Music Hall of Fame.

Pete Shelley Death and Cause

Shelley died of a suspected heart attack on the morning of 6 December 2018, in Estonia where he was living. His brother, Gary McNeish, announced his death on Facebook.

Shelley is survived by his wife, Greta Shelley. The couple relocated from London to Estonia as his wife is from the northern European country but grew up in Canada.



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