Pete Shelley was not only one of the greatest songwriters of his or any other generation with a stunning command of melody and a talent for getting to the heart of the matter and the matter of the heart. He was also a pioneer who invented the DIY culture that Manchester and the world took from punk as its single greatest revolution.

John Robb


I have a very clear memory of the 2nd time I saw the Buzzcocks at Rafters probably in 1977 … he introduced this song by saying ‘Here’s a new one … ‘ and they tore into ‘What Do I Get’ probably was and still is one of the greatest pop songs I’ve ever heard , which went on to influence much of my songwriting with my band FAST CARS …

Steve Murray – The Fast Cars