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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 03/20/1978 The Affair Swindon South West England
Buzzcocks 03/21/1978 Keighley Victoria Hall Keighley West Yorkshire England
Buzzcocks 03/22/1978 Mayfair Ballroom Newcastle Tyne & Wear England
Buzzcocks 03/23/1978 King's Hall Derby Derby East Midlands England
Buzzcocks 03/24/1978 Top Rank - Birmingham Birmingham West Midlands England
Buzzcocks 03/27/1978 Hamilton Club Birkenhead North West England England
Buzzcocks 03/28/1978 Tiffany's Shrewsbury Shrewsbury West Midlands England
Buzzcocks 03/29/1978 Middleton Town Hall Middleton Greater Manchester England
Buzzcocks 03/30/1978 Victoria Hall Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire England
Buzzcocks 03/31/1978 Porterhouse Retford East Midlands England
Buzzcocks 04/02/1978 Croydon Greyhound London Croydon England
Anti-Nazi League Festival 07/13/1978 Alexandra Palace London England
Buzzcocks 10/05/1978 Middleton Town Hall Middleton Greater Manchester England
Buzzcocks 10/21/1978 Glasgow Apollo Glasgow City Centre Scotland
Buzzcocks 11/07/1978 Bournemouth Winter Gardens Bournemouth South West England England
Buzzcocks 11/12/1978 Manchester Apollo Manchester Ardwick England
Buzzcocks 03/23/1979 Kings Hall Manchester Greater Manchester England
Buzzcocks 03/28/1979 Maxwell Hall Aylesbury Buckinghamshire England
Buzzcocks 09/09/1979 Mothers Chicago Illinois USA
Buzzcocks 09/11/1979 Temple Beautiful San Francisco California USA
Buzzcocks 09/12/1979 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Santa Monica California USA
Buzzcocks 10/02/1979 Mountford Hall Liverpool Merseyside England
Buzzcocks 10/03/1979 University of Leeds Leeds West Yorkshire England
Buzzcocks 10/04/1979 Newcastle City Hall Newcastle Tyne & Wear England
Buzzcocks 10/05/1979 Glasgow Apollo Glasgow City Centre Scotland