Outside of the Europe, Budgie could barely get noticed throughout the '70s. That is not a backhanded slap against the boys from Cardiff, Wales. The fact that Budgie's ass kickin' output from the dazed and confused decade went under the radar is a testament that fans of hard rock and heavy metal should have taken notice. Unfortunately, Budgie is basically known for Metallica popularizing 'Breadfan' via their cover of the riff-infused cut, as well as a remake of 'Crash Course in Brain Surgery'.
When the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement took the U.K. by storm in '79, Budgie's presence throughout England gained traction, but the momentum didn't carry over to North America where Burke Shelley and the boys popularity was limited to a small pocket of headbangin' fans. As the '80s took hold, the three-piece rolled on with 'Big' John Thomas steppin' in as guitarist, replacing the short-tenured Robert Kendrick. In addition, Budgie's association with A&M Records was severed. Budgie wasn't about to throw in the towel, as the group soldiered on with the release of the eight song Power Supply album in '80.
Budgie's eighth LP is an economical effort, with complexity of past songs put on hold, while still riding the force of the almighty riff, as well as Shelley's unique vocals. Punchin' hard from the off, Power Supply opens with authority via the tag-team of 'Forearm Smash' and 'Hellbender'. The A-side show of aggression continues with the anthemized 'Heavy Revolution', and the pistol packin' 'Gunslinger'. The high voltage title track and the tight 'Secrets in My Head' roll hard, while the atmospheric 'Time to Remember' contrasts the heavy action. Packin' no-frills metallic boogie, in the vein of the legendary AC/DC, 'Crime Against the World' electrifies Power Supply to a ball-bustin' close.
Burke Shelley (bass, vocals), Tony Bourge (guitar, 1967-78), Ray Phillips (drums, 1967-73), Brian Goddard (guitar, vocals, 1968-70), Pete Boot (drums, 1973-74), Steve Williams (drums, 1974-86, 1999-present), Robert Kendrick (guitar, vocals, 1978-79), John Thomas (guitar, 1979-2000), Jim Simpson (drums, 1986-88), Robert 'Congo' Jones (drums, 1995-96), Andy Hart (guitar, 2002-03), Simon Lees (guitar, 2003-07)
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