Tributes have been paid to Pete Shelley, lead singer of punk band The Buzzcocks, following his death aged 63.
"Playing shows with The Buzzcocks was one of the highlights of my life,"
. "Thank you Pete for all the great words and music."
Pete Shelley RIP— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) December 7, 2018
Playing shows with the @Buzzcocks was one of the highlights of my life. I listened to Singles and Tension as much as any records I’ve owned. Thank you, Pete, for all the great words and music. Condolences to Steve and the boys.
Peter Hook, of Joy Division and New Order fame, said Shelley was "
" who "helped us so much... out of a sheer love for all things punk."
Pete Shelley - a true gent!— Peter Hook (@peterhook) December 6, 2018
He helped us so much at the start of our career out of a sheer love for all things punk. Without Pete & the Buzzcocks I would probably still be working at the Docks. RIP mate. X
Duran Duran, Green Day and REM's Mike Mills have also posted tributes.
Shelley, who was born Peter McNeish in 1955, died on Thursday in Estonia of a suspected heart attack.
The Buzzcocks formed in Bolton in the 1970s and are best known for their hit, Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've).
, Duran Duran remembered Shelley as "a brave iconoclast" and "a true legend" whose death had left them "very very sad".View this post on Instagram
During the 1970s, Buzzcocks released an extraordinary stream of perfect songs - the products of the mind and emotions of Pete Shelley, the singer/songwriter and guitarist. We are very very sad to hear of his death. He was a brave iconoclast who wrote songs that could rage and yet be joyful, that could be both positive and cynical, all in a two minute blast of energy that was built to blow your face off. His two-note solo on “Boredom” was like the Duchamp toilet, nothing was the same afterwards. He was a true legend.
Shelley, they said, "wrote songs that could rage and yet be joyful, that could be positive and cynical, all in a two minute blast of energy that was built to blow your face off."
"The Buzzcocks were and are a favourite of mine, and I was fortunate to be able to hang with Pete a few times and tell him so," wrote Mills on Twitter.
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Damn. Pete Shelley gone. The Buzzcocks were and are a favorite of mine, and I was fortunate to be able to hang with Pete a few times and tell him so. R.I.P., Pete. #Buzzcocks— Mike Mills (@m_millsey) December 6, 2018
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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong echoed those sentiments, saying Shelley had been "
" to him and his bandmates and that they had covered Ever Fallen in Love "the best we could".View this post on Instagram
Rest In Peace Pete Shelley . You truly are an inspiration to me, mike and Tre. We covered Ever fallen in love the best we could. Singles going steady was a huge record for me. Buzzcocks pretty much invented a style that would influence multiple generations of lonesome hearts and weirdos. Never shy about writing beautiful melodies into loud fast punk. You are the harmony in my head - Billie Joe
Fine Young Cannibals, Pete Yorn and France's Nouvelle Vague are among many other bands to have released cover versions of The Buzzcocks' 1978 hit.
"Pete was one of Britain's best pure pop writers, up there with Ray Davies,"
Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp, who said seeing The Buzzcocks in 1976 had "helped to change my life".
Saw Pete Shelley with the Buzzcocks in August ‘76 supporting the Clash and the Pistols. First punk band I ever heard/saw and that night they helped to change my life. Pete was one of Britain’s best pure pop writers, up there with Ray Davies. To young to go. So very sad. pic.twitter.com/5HfzUvM5X4— Gary Kemp (@garyjkemp) December 6, 2018
Mike Joyce, former drummer with The Smiths, also cited Shelley and his band as a formative influence.
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Shelley's death has also generated tributes from beyond the world of music.
Film director Edgar Wright said he was a "
", while broadcaster Danny Baker
This compilation of Buzzcocks singles is one of my favourite albums. It's 48 minutes of pure punk bliss. You couldn't ask for a finer run of 45's. Please give it a spin right now and remember the huge talent in music that was singer and writer Pete Shelley. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/nxkyxxJZ9s— edgarwright (@edgarwright) December 7, 2018
he was "a great man" who had created "a brilliant noise".
Just heard about Pete Shelley. A great man. He tried to write pure punk, he really did, but out came perfect pop. Recall dim punks saying Buzzcocks were 'too good sounding' which was meant to be a bad thing. They were so, so good. A brilliant talent, a brilliant noise. Forever.— Danny Baker (@prodnose) December 7, 2018
"Someone in the office just said 'Weren't The Buzzcocks just a one-hit wonder?' and there's nearly been a fight,"
Someone in the office just said "Weren't The Buzzcocks just a one-hit wonder?" and there's nearly been a fight— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) December 7, 2018