Budgie

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: hard rock classic rock heavy metal rock british Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

This hard rock band was formed in Cardiff, Wales, by John Burke Shelley (10 April 1947, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales; bass, acoustic guitar, lead vocals) and Ray Phillips (b. 1 March 1949; drums) in 1968. Joined by Tony Bourge (b. 23 November 1948, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales; lead guitar, vocals), the trio established a substantial following on the south Wales college and club circuit and were subsequently signed to MCA Records. Plying their trade in a basic, heavy riffing style, the standard was set with the first single, charmingly entitled ‘Crash Course To Brain Surgery’. The vagaries of early 70s British album artwork were typified by the treatment given to Budgie’s releases - promotional material depicted ludicrous images of budgerigars variously posed, dressed as a fighter pilot (staring nobly out into the far horizon), a Nazi Gestapo officer, or as a squadron of fighter budgies flying in formation, tearing into combat. Founder member...

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