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 an important influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rock, power pop, 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".
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 Manchester slang meaning "mate" (as in friend/buddy). They thought it captured the excitement of the Sex Pistols and nascent punk scene.
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Buzzcocks captured in a public library whilst on a press session in Manchester in August 1977.
Pete Shelley sitting in front of a mirror with the other Buzzcocks in the reflection in Boston, USA in November 1980
Limited edition giant vintage pin badge for the Buzzcocks by artist Tony Dennis AKA Tape Deck Art
Punk group Buzzcocks captured under a Manchester street sign in August 1977