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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.


Eventsort descending Date Venue City Region Country
Anti-Nazi League Festival 07/13/1978 Alexandra Palace London England
Buzzcocks 10/06/1979 Edinburgh Odeon Theatre Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland
Buzzcocks 12/15/1979 Temple Beautiful San Francisco California USA
Buzzcocks 03/28/1979 Maxwell Hall Aylesbury Buckinghamshire England
Buzzcocks 11/17/1977 Wigan Casino Wigan Greater Manchester England
Buzzcocks 11/23/1980 The Ritz (1) NYC New York USA
Buzzcocks 11/20/1977 Tiffany's Shrewsbury Shrewsbury West Midlands England
Buzzcocks 11/10/1993 Chestnut Cabaret Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA
Buzzcocks 03/07/1978 Top Rank - Cardiff Cardiff South Glamorgan Wales
Buzzcocks 10/07/1979 Aberdeen Capitol Theatre Aberdeen Scotland
Buzzcocks 08/16/1977 Manchester Electric Circus Manchester Greater Manchester England
Buzzcocks 11/15/1977 Barbarella's Birmingham West Midlands England
Buzzcocks 09/12/1979 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Santa Monica California USA
Buzzcocks 11/19/1977 Ilkley College of Education Bradford West Yorkshire England
Buzzcocks 09/11/1979 Temple Beautiful San Francisco California USA
Buzzcocks 03/18/1978 University of Leeds Leeds West Yorkshire England
Buzzcocks 10/08/1979 Caird Hall Dundee City Centre Scotland
Buzzcocks 09/03/1977 Eric's Liverpool Merseyside England
Buzzcocks 11/07/1977 Tivoli Ballroom Buckley Buckley Clwyd Wales
Buzzcocks 09/09/1979 Mothers Chicago Illinois USA
Buzzcocks 04/02/1978 Croydon Greyhound London Croydon England
Buzzcocks 04/30/1977 The Roxy Club London England
Buzzcocks 03/22/1978 Mayfair Ballroom Newcastle Tyne & Wear England
Buzzcocks 03/30/1978 Victoria Hall Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire England
Buzzcocks 10/18/1979 Bangor University Bangor Gwynedd Wales