Coffee Break: U.K. punk rock

The Buzzcocks
Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle, and Danny Farrant (not pictured: Tony Barber) (MPR Photo/Mel Walker)

Pete Shelley, lead singer of the Buzzcocks, passed away yesterday. On Twitter, the band said he was "one of the U.K.'s most influential and prolific songwriters". The band formed in Bolton, England, in 1976 and released 9 studio albums across 38 years.

Shelley also had a solo career -- his song "Homosapien" charted in the U.S. in 1981.

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what U.K. punk rock do you want to hear?

Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.

Have an idea for a Coffee Break topic? Submit your idea for a future theme and browse past Coffee Breaks in our archive. Or, when you register for a Minnesota Public Radio account, you can send requests via Alexa, too Just say "Alexa, ask The Current to play Song by Artist" e.g. "Alexa, ask The Current to play Left of the Dial by The Replacements."

Songs played

999 - Homicide
Sons and Daughters - Dance Me In
Gang of Four - I Found That Essence Rare
The Adverts - Gary Gilmore's Eyes
Eater - Thinking Of The USA
The Damned - Neat Neat Neat
The Rezillos - I Can't Stand My Baby
Future of the Left - The Limits Of Battleships
Buzzcocks - Why Can't I Touch It?


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