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Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band, formed in Bolton in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto.[1]

They are regarded as an important influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rock, power pop,[2] pop punk and indie rock. They achieved commercial success with singles that fused pop craftsmanship with rapid-fire punk energy. These singles were collected on Singles Going Steady, described by critic Ned Raggett as a "punk masterpiece".[3]

Devoto and Shelley chose the name "Buzzcocks" after reading the headline, "It's the buzz, cocks!", in a review of the TV series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. The "buzz" is the excitement of playing on stage; "cock" is Manchester slang meaning "mate" (as in friend/buddy). They thought it captured the excitement of the Sex Pistols and nascent punk scene.[4]




  • [[The Undertone*[[The Sex Pistol*The Jam

Band Members[]

  • [[Pete Shelle*[[Howard Devot*Garth Smith
  • [[Steve Diggl*[[John Mahe*[[Steve Garve*[[Mike Joyc (briefly)
  • [[Tony Barbe*[[Phil Barke==Includes Members of==
  • Motivation
  • [[Flag Of Convenienc*[[Magazin*[[The Smith==Band Biography==



  • Another Music In A Different Kitchen
  • [[Love Bites:Buzzcocks|Love Bite*A Different Kind Of Tension
  • [[All Set:Buzzcocks|All Se*Modern
  • self-titled
  • [[Flat-Pack Philosophy:Buzzcocks|Flat-Pack Philosoph==Collections==
  • [[Singles Going Steady:Buzzcocks|Singles Going Stead*Operators Manual


  • [[EP:Artist|EP]]


  • [[Single:Artist|EP]]


  • [[A-Side:Artist|A-Side ]] / [[B-side 1:Artist|B-side 1]] / [[B-side 2:Artist|B-side 2]]

Appears On[]


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  • [[Soundtrack Title:Soundtrack|Soundtrack TItl[[Category:Artists]]]

Mix CDs[]

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Further reading[]

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  1. Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Buzzcocks - Music Biography, Credits and Discography : AllMusic. AllMusic. Retrieved on September 1, 2012.
  2. Laban, Linda (8 February 2010). Buzzcocks Reissue First Three Albums. Spinner. Retrieved on February 25, 2013. “On top of the social impact, the Buzzcock's wiry pop toned punk influenced new genres like power pop and even emo, which shares similar soaring riffs and emotional lyrics.”
  3. Raggett, Ned. Singles Going Steady - Buzzcocks : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic. AllMusic. Retrieved on September 1, 2012.
  4. Gimarc, George (2005). Punk Diary: The Ultimate Trainspotter's Guide to Underground Rock 1970–1982. Backbeat Books. p. 27. ISBN 0-87930-848-6.