Happy Birthday Stephen E Diggle! – born May 7, 1955 in Manchester, is an English guitarist and vocalist in the punk band Buzzcocks.
He was born in Manchester, and grew up in the Bradford and Rusholme areas of the city, where he was a mod. After attending Oldham College, he got a job, but was dismissed for organizing a strike.
He attended the Sex Pistols gig at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall, in June 1976. Their manager Malcolm McLaren introduced him to guitarist Pete Shelley and vocalist Howard Devoto, who were looking for a bassist for their band, Buzzcocks. John Maher joined as drummer and six weeks later, Buzzcocks played their first concert. Steve played bass at several concerts and on the Spiral Scratch EP. Howard Devoto left Buzzcocks shortly after the EP was released, which prompted the band to reshuffle – Pete Shelley becoming lead vocalist as well as guitarist and Diggle switching from bass to guitar.
Steve Diggle wrote several songs for Buzzcocks, including “Autonomy”, “Fast Cars” (co-written with Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley), “Love Is Lies” (perhaps the first Buzzcocks song featuring an acoustic guitar), “Sitting Round At Home”, “You Know You Can’t Help It”, “Mad Mad Judy”, and, perhaps his most famous song, “Harmony in My Head”, a Top 40 hit in 1979.
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