Saturday, June 25, 2016

100 Mavericks # 52 Pete Shelley

  The first of two Buzzocks on this countdown. Shelley was something of a trailblazer, sexually, lyrically and melodically championing a romanticism, (appropriately, given his name), that laid the groundwork for Orange Juice, The Smiths and a whole, lovelorn indie aesthetic. In many ways, retrospectively they seem a similarly important band to The Sex Pistols and The Clash.

'The Buzzcocks possessed a gift for marrying sweet backing vocals to leads that were at turns raw and sincere a la Richman ( a key influence) and camp as a row of tents as they say.'

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