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Why Can't I Touch It?
by the Buzzcocks, feat. Pete Shelley, vocals/guitar
FAST-TRACKED: Pete Shelley (1955 to 2018) was an English musician and songwriter, with the 'Buzzcocks'. Pete Shelley was born Peter Campbell McNeish in Leigh, Lancashire, England, on April 17th 1955. He and Howard Devoto had first met at the Bolton Institute of Technology (now the University of Bolton) in 1975, and subsequently travelled together to see 'punk' band the 'Sex Pistols' perform near London. After the two friends then formed the 'Buzzcocks' in 1976, he took the name of the poet 'Shelley', and the band debuted in Manchester in the same year (as it happens, opening for none other than - the 'Sex Pistols'). Although they released their first EP, "Spiral Scratch", on their independent label 'New Hormones' in 1977, by that time Devoto had decided to leave the group. So Shelley took over lead vocals himself, became their chief songwriter and started working with the producer Martin Rushent. The band went on to create the 'punk'/'new wave' singles "Orgasm Addict", "What Do I Get?" and the massive hit "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). However, difficulties with their record company (plus a dispute with 'Virgin Publishing' over the UK release of their "greatest hits" record "Singles Going Steady") brought the band to a halt in 1981. Although Shelley's own solo debut album "Sky Yen" had been recorded in 1974, it remained unheard until it was released on 12" vinyl on his own label ('Groovy Records') in March 1980. Assembled as one continuous piece of music with a purpose-built oscillator, it was highly notable for its use of layered electronics and playback speed manipulation to achieve its experimental feel (it has often since been compared favourably with examples from within the 'krautrock' genre). Also released on his 'Groovy Records' imprint 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 however, 'Groovy Records' ceased all activity. He released his own first solo single "Homosapien" in 1981, again produced by Rushent. On this recording, he returned to his original interests in electronic music and shifted emphasis from guitar towards synthesizer. (Rushent's elaborate programming would soon lay a similar groundwork for the chart-topping album "Dare" by 'The Human League'.) Although "Homosapien" was banned by the 'BBC' in the UK for its explicit references to gay sex, it still peaked at No. 14 in the US Dance charts, despite this. (It was also around this time that Shelley started to talk about his own bisexuality.) He continued with his solo single and album projects throughout the rest of the 1980s, before reforming the 'Buzzcocks' in 1989 along with Steve Diggle, Tony Barber and Philip Barker. After releasing a full-length album "Trade Test Transmissions" in 1993, they continued to tour and record, with the 2014 CD "The Way" proving to be their final release. During this later incarnation, they had toured with such bands as 'Nirvana', 'The Adored', California's 'The Strays', 'Lola Ray' and 'Images'. Pete Shelley died from a heart attack at his temporary home in Estonia on December 6th 2018, aged 63.
Posted: 7th December 2018
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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