Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Guys she's on Facebook, I...
Maybe Franne was friends ...
Rudy was co-written by Fe...
Great album and excellent...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Redefined ...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Eye Of The...
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
You must login to post a message.

20-11-2017 22:15
Anyone have a rip of the Daddy Warbucks album on Tiger Lily from 76 please?

19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1980 Articles » Budgie - 1980 Power Supply
Budgie - 1980 Power Supply

ARTIST: Budgie
ALBUM: Power Supply
LABEL: Active Records
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 1993, Repertoire, REP 4336-WZ * 2006, Griffin, GCD-624-2


LINEUP: John Thomas - guitar, vocals * Burke Shelley - bass, vocals * Steve Williams - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Forearm Smash * 02 Hellbender * 03 Heavy Revolution * 04 Gunslinger * 05 Power Supply * 06 Secrets In My Head * 07 Time To Remember * 08 Crime Against The World * 09 Wild Fire * 10 High School Girls * 11 Panzer Division Destroyed * 12 Lies Of Jim (The E Type Lover)

WEBLINKS: www.budgie.uk.com

Since their inception in 1970, Welsh hard rock legends Budgie have hardly been strangers to lineup changes and a number of stylistic departures. One guaranteed aspect is the quality of material and constant metal bludgeon. One of the most interesting periods of the bands lengthy history was during the late seventies and early eighties when founding member Pete Bourge left the band and was replaced by John Thomas. Taking their pioneering hard rock direction another route, the band turned to AC/DC type boogie, first heard on the 'If Swallowed Do Not Induce Vomiting' EP which was a far cry from the days of 'In For The Kill' in the early 70's. Tracks like 'Wiildfire' were steaming twelve bar boogie and it led to a natural continuation on the quite superb 'Power Supply'.

The Songs
It appears someone in the band had been listening to AC/DC's 'Let There Be Rock' and 'Powerage', as the material closely resembles those all time favourites, with same riff approach and aggressive, raw production. 'Forearm Smash' rumbles along with a main devastating riff, the type of boogie that rivals Status Quo for sheer effect. 'Hellbender' is slightly more heavy metal, keeping up with the NWOBHM movement, indicating Budgie were far from over opposed to the newer (and inferior) British acts cropping up by the dozens. Comparisons could be made with Krokus to a degree for a track like 'Heavy Revolution', but 'Gunslinger' is unlike anyone but Budgie themselves and a direct link to their groundbreaking past, with some quieter interludes and build up to an epic guitar solo. The title cut is more unstoppable boogie, the riffs simple yet so effective, proving when done right, boogie is in a class of its own! There's quite a melodic chorus to be heard during the otherwise solid metal blast of 'Secrets In My Head' and the lumbering riff that accompanies 'Crime Against The World' has the same charms as other stalwarts of the genre like Rose Tattoo.

In Summary
A storming set that really deserves more credit. In that regard Budgie are almost as forgotten as Uriah Heep as originators of the hard rock and metal scene, with both debuting in 1970 but somehow slipping from the consciousness of metal historians except for the most devoted! While 'Power Supply' was just one stop on their journey, it never comes off as derivative or a copy of other acts. Budgie had been around longer and maintained a sound of their own, even if it had changed tack slightly. Just two years later Budgie embraced AOR with the fantastic 'Deliver Us From Evil' which should earn a separate review of its own, such is the quality, but proves how easily the band could shift styles without compromising their integrity.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

This article has been tagged
Tags: Budgie 
No Comments have been Posted.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 100% [1 Vote]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Medusa - 1978 Medusa, Hagar, Sammy - 2013 Sammy Hagar And Friends, Catley, Bob - 2001 Middle Earth, Yellowstone - 1996 Situation On Planet Earth, Mecca - 2002 Mecca, Farrenheit - 1987 Farrenheit, Sea Stone - 1978 Mirrored Dreams, Order, The - 2012 1986, Spandau Ballet - 1986 Through The Barricades, House Of Lords - 1990 Sahara, Wilshire - 2003 New Universe, Firefly - 2003 Automatic, Zeno - 1986 Zeno, Threshold (USA) - 1993 Midnight Dreamer [ep], Batt, Mike - 1977 Schizophonia
Big Ric Wounded Bird Small Face Mikael Erlandsson Cirkus (UK) The Cadillac Black Rush Insight Y and T Fleetwood Mac Orphan Gypsy Alaska Bernie Marsden Pretty Boy Floyd Tao Rock Candy Records Survivor Sharon O Neill Slick Band Icehouse Kansas Rock Candy Records Chris Ousey 220 Volt Candlemass Grayson Hugh Bullet (Sweden) Shotgun Symphony Mitch Malloy New England Kingdom Come Vyper Jefferson Starship Ozz
All Tags
Search DDG