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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 Countrysort descending
Buzzcocks 11/19/1980 Shaboo Inn Willimantic Connecticut USA
Buzzcocks 11/30/1979 Emerald City Cherry Hill New Jersey USA
Buzzcocks 12/01/1979 The Palladium NYC New York USA
Buzzcocks 11/23/1980 The Ritz (1) NYC New York USA
Buzzcocks 11/10/1993 Chestnut Cabaret Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA
Buzzcocks 12/15/1979 Temple Beautiful San Francisco California USA
Buzzcocks 09/12/1979 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Santa Monica California USA
Buzzcocks 09/11/1979 Temple Beautiful San Francisco California USA
Buzzcocks 09/09/1979 Mothers Chicago Illinois USA
Buzzcocks 11/06/1991 Peabody's Down Under Cleveland Ohio USA
Buzzcocks 11/07/1979 West Runton Pavilion West Runton Norfolk England
Buzzcocks 09/04/1977 The Sundown London Soho England
Buzzcocks 03/12/1978 Chancellor Hall Chelmsford Essex England
Buzzcocks 03/23/1979 Kings Hall Manchester Greater Manchester England
Anti-Nazi League Festival 07/13/1978 Alexandra Palace London England
Buzzcocks 11/05/1979 Hemel Hempstead Pavilion Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire England
Buzzcocks 11/09/1979 Rainbow Theatre London Finsbury Park England
The Clash 05/22/1977 Wolverhampton Civic Hall Wolverhampton West Midlands England
Buzzcocks 11/11/1977 Keele University Newcastle Tyne & Wear England
Buzzcocks 03/11/1978 University of Southampton Southampton South East England
Buzzcocks 10/02/1979 Mountford Hall Liverpool Merseyside England
Buzzcocks 10/05/1978 Middleton Town Hall Middleton Greater Manchester England
Buzzcocks 11/10/1979 Rainbow Theatre London Finsbury Park England
Buzzcocks 05/06/1978 Maxwell Hall Aylesbury Buckinghamshire England
Buzzcocks 11/13/1977 Croydon Greyhound London Croydon England