Steve Garvey

Rock lore on the “buzz” inspiration of their band moniker ranges from a reference to the Manchester drug scene to a line lifted from the British television series Rock Follies, whereas “cock” is simply local slang for a mate: “It’s the buzz, cock!”

Regardless, The Buzzcocks were among the most influential bands to emerge from the UK punk – new wave era with their deft combination of pop melodies as penned by Pete Shelley, stripped down arrangements, and boundless energy.  

The bassist during the band’s glory years was Steve Garvey, who anchored some of their finest singles along with The Buzzcocks' essential early canon: Another Music in a Different Kitchen (1978), Love Bites (1978), and A Different Kind of Tension (1979).

Garvey, who also moonlighted with pop punks The Teardrops (which also included members of The Fall and PIL) and drummer John Maher were a ferocious rhythm section which grooved mightily at a frenetic pace.

After The Buzzcocks' initial split in 1981, Garvey worked with Steve Diggle (50 Years of Comparative Wealth / 1981), toiled in various ensembles, produced, lectured, and returned to the band briefly in the early 1990s for one of their numerous reunions.