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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
Buzzcocks 11/15/1977 Barbarella's Birmingham West Midlands England
Buzzcocks 11/17/1977 Wigan Casino Wigan Greater Manchester England
Buzzcocks 11/18/1977 Eric's Liverpool Merseyside England
Buzzcocks 11/19/1977 Ilkley College of Education Bradford West Yorkshire England
Buzzcocks 11/20/1977 Tiffany's Shrewsbury Shrewsbury West Midlands England
Buzzcocks 11/21/1977 The Marquee Club (2) London Soho England
Buzzcocks 11/22/1977 The Marquee Club (2) London Soho England
Buzzcocks 12/11/1977 The Roundhouse London Chalk Farm England
Buzzcocks 12/12/1977 Pickwicks Dewsbury West Yorkshire England
Buzzcocks 12/14/1977 King's Hall Derby Derby East Midlands England
Buzzcocks 12/15/1977 Locarno Ballroom Coventry Coventry West Midlands England
Buzzcocks 03/02/1978 Circles Swansea West Glamorgan Wales
Buzzcocks 03/03/1978 Cambridge Corn Exchange Cambridge Cambridgeshire England
Buzzcocks 03/05/1978 Hemel Hempstead Pavilion Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire England
Buzzcocks 03/06/1978 Castaways Plymouth Devon England
Buzzcocks 03/07/1978 Top Rank - Cardiff Cardiff South Glamorgan Wales
Buzzcocks 03/08/1978 Top Rank - Brighton Brighton East Sussex England
Buzzcocks 03/09/1978 Locarno Ballroom Portsmouth Portsmouth Hampshire England
Buzzcocks 03/10/1978 Lyceum Theatre London Westminster England
Buzzcocks 03/11/1978 University of Southampton Southampton South East England
Buzzcocks 03/12/1978 Chancellor Hall Chelmsford Essex England
Buzzcocks 03/14/1978 Top Rank - Sheffield Sheffield South Yorkshire England
Buzzcocks 03/16/1978 Lancaster University Lancaster Lancashire England
Buzzcocks 03/17/1978 Eric's Liverpool Merseyside England
Buzzcocks 03/18/1978 University of Leeds Leeds West Yorkshire England