The Buzzcocks where were part of the foundation of the influential British punk rock scene in the late ’70s. The band was founded by Shelley and vocalist Howard Devoto. Devoto departed the band in 1977, and Shelley took over vocal duties. He would also serve as the band’s principle song writer.
The band released their ninth and final studio LP The Way in 2014 and were a featured act at Riot Fest. In 2016, the band embarked on a 40th anniversary tour in 2016.