Music / Buzzcocks
Pete Shelley holds pictures of the other band members. From the "What Do I Get?" video.

Buzzcocks were an English punk rock band who were one of the innovators of the Manchester music scene and one of the most popular British punk bands along with The Clash, The Damned, Generation X and the Sex Pistols.

Gave the name to Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Tropes related to the band:

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: "Orgasm Addict"
  • Bi the Way: Pete Shelley.
  • The Band Minus the Face: Averted when original frontman Howard Devoto left to form Magazine; Pete Shelley took over the singing and became Face of the Band.
  • Cluster Shit Bomb: "Oh Shit"
  • Epic Rocking: Relative to the rest of their material, "Why Can't I Touch It?" (6:38) and "I Believe" (7:09)
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)?"
  • Ironic Echo: Went on tour in 1979 with Joy Division in support months before Ian Curtis killed himself. Went on tour in 1994 as support for Nirvana... weeks before Kurt Cobain killed himself.
  • Missed the Bus: "Something's Gone Wrong Again": 'Nothing ever happens to people like us, 'cept we miss the bus'.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually a 5-6 on their more overtly Pop Punk numbers (the distorted guitars and fast drumming do most of the work), with the more experimental songs on their later albums sometimes dropping somewhat lower on the scale.
  • Pop Punk: Unlike many of their peers (besides The Ramones), Buzzcocks played well-crafted pop songs, only louder and faster. Also, Pete Shelley's voice is much higher and melodic than those of many punk singers of the time.
  • Rule of Funny: The protagonist of "Orgasm Addict" is apparently getting off to butchers assistants, bellhops, winos, heads of state, international women with no body hair...
  • Silly Love Songs: "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)," "What Do I Get?"
  • The Slacker: "Boredom"
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Steve Diggle's vocal turns could be considered to fit this, though he does sing on every album at least once. The only time a Diggle-led track has been the A-side of a single was with "Harmony In My Head".

Alternative Title(s): The Buzzcocks