Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Budgie, And How I Had To Post This Today
Yesterday, both Steve Simels over at the indispensible Power Pop and I, posted our thoughts about the newly released Hollies boxed set. (Great minds, and all... )
My intentions today were to post a little something about Budgie, the freaky Welsh metal band from the 70s, that has influenced everyone from Van Halen and Metallica to Iron Maiden and Soundgarden. Why? Well, mostly because of one tune, and partly because I've been trying since 1976 to understand this band. I am consistently torn between feeling the appeal and thinking they are the worst thing I have ever heard.
I decided against it, thinking it may be a bit of a shock to everyone, especially following my borderline embarrassing gushing over "Carrie Anne."
So, as I pondered over today's entry, I went over to Power Pop, and saw a wonderful post about a great little band called Starry Eyed & Laughing. Lo and behold, in the comments sections, someone mentions BUDGIE! I commented, saying I came very close to posting about Budgie. So thanks to Steve's "DO IT!"...
..here is the first song off of Budgie's "Squawk" LP from 1972. This is the song I occasionally obsess over. The Geddy Lee meets Brett Somers vocals of Burke Shelley are really hard to handle, especially over the course of a full length LP. But, that riff and groove after each verse is absolutely infectious and makes me get out the air instruments every time.
I've found that most of their records have that same quality. There is most definitely something there, if you're into that dark, sometimes hamfisted approach to heavy metal boogie. But while you wait for those moments, you'll have to sit through songs like "Hot As A Docker's Armpit" and "Drugstore Woman," the latter's title more cringeworthy to me than the former. Still, I think the band had something to offer.