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Years Active: 
1976-1981, 1989-present

Buzzcocks are an English punk band formed in Bolton in 1976, led by singer–songwriter–guitarist Pete Shelley. They are regarded as an important influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rock, power pop, 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". The widely covered "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" remains one of their best-known songs. The name "Buzzcocks" was chosen by Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley 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.


Event Date Venue City Region Country
Punk Festival 09/20/1976 100 Club London England
The Clash 03/11/1977 Harlesden Coliseum London Harlesden England
Buzzcocks 04/02/1977 The Roxy Club London Covent Garden England
Buzzcocks 04/30/1977 The Roxy Club London Covent Garden England
The Clash 05/01/1977 Guildford Civic Hall Guildford Surrey England
The Clash 05/02/1977 Rascals Chester Cheshire England
The Clash 05/03/1977 Barbarella's Birmingham West Midlands England
Buzzcocks 05/05/1977 Rebecca's Birmingham West Midlands England
The Clash 05/05/1977 Eric's Liverpool Merseyside England
The Clash 05/06/1977 University of Aberdeen Aberdeen Scotland
The Clash 05/07/1977 Edinburgh Playhouse Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland
The Clash 05/09/1977 Rainbow Theatre London Finsbury Park England
The Clash 05/12/1977 Nottingham Palais Nottingham East Midlands England
The Clash 05/15/1977 Fiesta Suite Plymouth Devon England
The Clash 05/16/1977 Swansea University Swansea West Glamorgan Wales
The Clash 05/17/1977 Leeds Polytechnic Leeds West Yorkshire England
The Clash 05/19/1977 Middlesbrough Rock Garden Middlesbrough North Yorkshire England
The Clash 05/21/1977 St. Albans City Hall St. Albans Hertfordshire England
The Clash 05/22/1977 Wolverhampton Civic Hall Wolverhampton West Midlands England
The Clash 05/23/1977 Top of the World Stafford West Midlands England
The Clash 05/24/1977 Top Rank - Cardiff Cardiff South Glamorgan Wales
The Clash 05/25/1977 Brighton Polytechnic Brighton Sussex England
The Clash 05/26/1977 Colston Hall Bristol South West England
The Clash 05/27/1977 West Runton Pavilion West Runton Norfolk England
The Clash 05/28/1977 Canterbury Odeon Theatre Canterbury Kent England