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Album Review

Pete Shelley's first solo album, Sky Yen, is comprised of solo electronic recordings that he made in 1974 but didn't release until 1979. In other words, it's a curiosity for devoted fans, especially since the primitive, droning electronics recall Krautrock, not punk rock. However, the timing of its release was quite curious, since within two years, Shelley would return to electronics for his official solo career.


Born: 17 April 1955 in Leigh, Lancashire, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Pete Shelley, the leader of the seminal punk band the Buzzcocks, actually had recorded a solo album in 1974, two years before the Buzzcocks formed. Released in 1979, Sky Yen was a collection of electronic music that didn't sound much like his full-time band's blistering guitar pop, yet it did contain the roots of his solo career. After the Buzzcocks disbanded in 1981, Shelley began a solo career which incorporated the electronic experimentations of Sky Yen with the pop sensibilities of his punk singles....
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