Last updated: 03 July 2009

Formed in 1967 in Cardiff, Budgie's influence always outweighed their sales. Important bands often do, and Budgie, it's safe to say, were an important band.

They are often compared to fellow British sludge rock outfit Black Sabbath, which is a pretty good starting reference point for their heavy rock.

Budgie drew heavily on the likes of Cream, Led Zeppelin and Sabbath, combining some crazed metal guitar wizardry with Shelley's high-pitched vocals, often compared to Rush's Geddy Lee's. Their first three albums are cited as their key works, containing pseudo-classics such as Hot As A Docker's Armpit and Breadfan.

Read the full Budgie biography.

Key works

  • Best Of Budgie cover

    Best Of (1997)

  • Budgie cover

    Budgie (1971)

  • The BBC Recordings cover

    The BBC Recordings (2006)

    A great double album of BBC session recordings.

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