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Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band, formed in Bolton in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto.

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".

Devoto and Shelley chose the name "Buzzcocks" 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.

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Buzzcocks News

Buzzcocks announce North American tour details

Buzzcocks announce North American tour details

The band begin the gig-run on May 11

  • Apr 9, 2010

Buzzcocks, Futureheads, British Sea Power banned from Beijing festival

Modern Sky Festival drops all foreign bands from bill

  • Oct 2, 2009

Buzzcocks, Joy Formidable, Scratch Perverts for Hereford festival

Nozstock to kick off next month

  • Jun 30, 2009

Buzzcocks, Fucked Up added to ATP Christmas bill

My Bloody Valentine curate December festival

  • Jun 4, 2009

Buzzcocks roll out the hits at Sunset Junction

Blonde Redhead, Ben Harper also rock LA Street Fair

  • Aug 21, 2007

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The Start Band  Buzzcocks Play Video

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