RIP Burke Shelley (1950-2022)

On January 10, Burke Shelley — bassist, songwriter, and pathfinder of NWOBHM-prog hybrid outlier Budgie — passed away in his hometown of Cardiff, Wales. A hybrid that sounded like Black Sabbath, Grand Funk Railroad, and Yes in an infernal three-way, Budgie possessed its own style and vision of the world, leading to an enormous influence on much of metal and rock to follow.

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6 thoughts on “RIP Burke Shelley (1950-2022)”

  1. demon of life says:

    Those bluesy solos and licks are like sloshy retard drool in my ear canals. Budgie doesn’t hold up.

    1. kill yourself retard, budgie is awesome

    2. shut up you faggot says:

      You don’t hold up

    3. Justin says:

      I guess years of post-Van Halen shred must’ve got to you

    4. Seaman says:

      Nazareth’s cover of Dylan’s The Ballad of Hollis Brown is one of the most demonic-sounding things ever. I think it’s proto-extreme metal but exactly which kind, I cannot say.

  2. Harked Back says:

    Budgie. Like our best kept secret, a few friends of mine would rave about them during many drunken nights and take out the tape, the compilation, the LP containing the music that laid a solid foundation for our life-long search of unique rock and metal composition. One of them friends recited the title of one of their tunes ceremoniously to me at a young age; “Never Turn Your Back On A Friend”

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