The Ghost Of Christmas: Pete Shelley, “Sky Yen”

Like the rest of the music world, we were saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden death of Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley. You can find plenty of tribute and obituaries online, a true testament to the humble musician’s lasting influence, thanks to his short, emotional, and concise punk songs. But before he started his Manchester–based band in the mid-1970s, he would make experimental recordings at home.”Sky Yen” is one such number, an atonal noise piece that is dark and dense and absolutely impenetrable. It’s not something you want to listen to in the dark, unless you like being scared by such things. RIP Mr. Shelley, and thank you for the music.

 

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