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Originally formed in Manchester at the end of 1975 by Pete Shelley (Peter McNeish, 17 April 1955, Leigh, Lancashire, England; vocals/guitar), Howard Devoto (b. Howard Trafford, 1955, Manchester, England; vocals), Steve Diggle (b. Manchester, England; bass) and John Maher (b. England; drums). Taking their name from a Time Out review of the ITV television show Rock Follies, a support spot on the Sex Pistols’ infamous ‘Anarchy’ tour prefaced the Buzzcocks’ debut recording, the EP Spiral Scratch, which included one of punk’s most enduring anthems, ‘Boredom’. The quartet’s undeveloped promise was momentarily short-circuited when Devoto sensationally left in February 1977, a month after the release of the EP, only to resurface later that year with Magazine. A reshuffled Buzzcocks, with Shelley taking lead vocals and Diggle switching to guitar to accomodate Garth Smith (quickly replaced by Steve Garvey) on bass, won a major...

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