Buzzcocks lead the way singer Pete Shelley has died at 63 of a suspected heart attack.
The punk band are best known for their hit, Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ have)
Their management told BBC that Shelley died on Thursday in Estonia where he was living.
BBC music correspondent Lizo Mzimba said Buzzcocks, who formed in Bolton in the 1970s, were regarded as more polished, but musically no less influential, than Sex Pistols.
Band have tweeted said Shelley was “one of UK’s most influential and prolific song writers and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks”.
His music inspired generations of musicians over a five-decade career with his band and as a solo artist, they told.
The Charlatans’ singer Tim Burgess said Shelley’s “perfect three-minute pop songs” were “the soundtrack to being a teenager”.
Pete Shelley wrote perfect three minute pop songs. The soundtrack to being a teenager. You’ll be missed Pete but you’ll be remembered for a long long time for your brilliant music https://t.co/bt03fGbcgd
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) December 6, 2018
youthful Fan club singer Norman Blake tweeted how important Shelley’s songs had been in his youth, and remained so today.
not been on here for a while, but I can't not mark the passing of Pete Shelley. I love(d) Buzzcocks. His songs were important to me when I was a young man and they still are to me now. Thank you Pete and R.I.P. You will be missed.
— Norman Blake (@normanblake) December 6, 2018
The singer Tracey Thorn, previously of Everything But The Girl, said Shelley had been an “amazing songwriter”.
Oh God but I loved Buzzcocks. And Pete Shelley was an amazing songwriter. "But after all life's only death's recompense." RIP ♥️♥️ pic.twitter.com/vAAg7Jui52
— Tracey Thorn (@tracey_thorn) December 6, 2018
The author Neil Gaiman tweet”part of my teenage years dies with him”
Music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine said Buzzcocks were one of most influential bands to emerge in initial wave of punk rock, with echoes of their music in everyone from Hüsker Dü to Nirvana.
“The Buzzcocks were inspired by the Sex Pistols’ energy, Still they didn’t copy the Pistols’ angry political stance,” he wrote in AllMusic
“Instead, they brought that intense, brilliant energy to 3 minute pop song. Shelley’s alternately laughable and agonized lyrics about adolescence and love were some of the best and smartest of his era.”