Album: Never Turn Your Back on a Friend (1973)


  • Running to well over 10 minutes, this group composition is intensely personal, and described by one reviewer as "a near-perfect scene of romantic despair."

    Bass player Burke Shelley handles the vocals, while lead guitarist Tony Bourge takes a single riff and expands on it, playing on the octaves rising in intensity and finishing with some fascinating overdubbing. Or is that really a flock of seagulls and the sound of the sea as the track fades out? >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

Comments: 3

  • Marcin from SotonActually Budgie was very popular in Poland. I would say more popular than in the UK. My English and Welsh friends, who grew up in 70 never heard of Budgie.
    I strongly reccommend Bandolier album.
    Just to add Bands like i.e. Iron Maiden or Metallica covered some Budgie's song, although i.e. Nicko McBrain- Maiden's deummer never heard of them before.
  • Ken from Dublin Ireland One of the greatest songs ever written re growing up and the generation gap
  • Edward Pearce from Ashford, Kent, EnglandBudgie were one of the most underrated 70s hard bands & this epic number should be better known than it is. One of the greatest ever album closers. Its a shame that (at the time of writing) the only version on Soundflavor is a live version, which cuts out that classic ending with the seagulls.
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