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Will Budgie be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


19 comments so far (post your own)

so many no's???? r u kiddin me?? they influenced tons of metal bands!! 100% yes!

Posted by Child in Time 27 on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 21:23pm

They influenced every single metal band in the 80's like metallica motorhead priest....they must be in!

Posted by Steelheart on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 13:53pm

They influenced every single metal band in the 80's like metallica motorhead priest....they must be in!

Posted by Steelheart on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 13:56pm

This band kicks ass, they need to be in the hall asap.

Posted by Tony Long on Sunday, 12.28.08 @ 18:39pm

This band is amazing and they have had such a huge influence on most of the hard rock/ heavy metal bands that came after themVan Halen, Soundgarden, Metallica, and Iron Maiden have covered some of thier songs. I really wish more people in America knew about them and listened to some of thier awesome songs like "Breadfan", "Rocking Man", "In for the Kill", "Parents", etc. I feel the only reason the poll is so low in thier favor is because almost no one knows about them, which is a shame. Tony Bourge is easily the greatest unsung guitarist and Burke Shelly's amazing high vocals and bass playing are that of legend. Their first five albums were all classics. I can only hope that some day they can get some radio play and the respect they deserve. Until then I will keep trying to convince people that Budgie are one of the greatest hard rock/ heavy metal bands of all time.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 04.22.09 @ 13:40pm

If you want to hear some of the best hard rock/ heavy metal songs you really have to listen to some of Budgie's songs. Here's a few more great songs by list bands( and the songs I listed up top like "Breadfan", "Parents", etc. are still good songs too): "Homicidal Sudicidal", "Whiskey River", "Hot as a Docker's Armpit", "In the Grip of Tyrefitter's Hand", "Baby Please Don't Go"( Joe Williams cover), "Crash Course in Brain Surgery", "I ain't no Mountain", "Stranded", and "Young is the World". The band might have had weird song titles, but they all amazing and it would be good if some of you guys check them out on youtube or any other site you use. Thanks.

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 04.27.09 @ 18:18pm


I just found out the Red Hot Chili Peppers must have been fans of Budgie because that riff in their song "Around the World"(1999) sounds nearly identical to Budgie's "Breadfan"(1973).

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 06.22.09 @ 12:38pm

Maybe RHCP first heard the (more famous?) Metallica version:

Flea is a big Metallica fan.

Posted by mel on Monday, 06.22.09 @ 17:01pm

Maybe, but the riff still came from "Breadfan". I'm a huge Metallica fan, I'm happy they got inducted, and I'm gald they turned alot of people on to this band, but the cover just isn't as good as the original(still good though).

Metallica also covered Budgie's "Crash Course in Brain Surgery", Soundgarden covered "Homicidal Suicidal", Iron Maiden covered "I Can't See My Feelings", and Van Halen used to perform "In for the Kill" live. Also, I have seen thrash bands like Anvil admit to being huge Budgie fans.

They are just a super influencial band.

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 06.22.09 @ 17:33pm

Also, they formed in 1967 which means they pre-dated Sabbath, Zeppelin, and Purple. Albeit those bands released albums before Budgie, they came first. Some critics have even linked them to being one of the major influences of the NWoBHM and the later arrival of thrash metal.

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 06.22.09 @ 17:49pm

Had heard of them early but didn't really hear them until I moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area in the early 80's. They received some airplay on KZEW (Rock/Classic Rock) in Dallas every once in a while...thought they were different at the time, but as time went on I heard their sound more & more from other bands...obviously an influence.

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 06.22.09 @ 18:10pm

Here's "Breadfan" with the original line-up in 1973, I believe...


Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 06.22.09 @ 18:18pm

Well I'm glad to know I'm not the only person who has heard of these guys.

It is the original lineup and for anyone watching the video for the first time let me say this, "NO THIS BAND IS NOT RUSH AND BURKE SHELLY IS NOT A WOMAN!"

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 06.22.09 @ 18:23pm

Also they clearly influenced early Def Leapard Getcha your rocks off as a riff similar to crash course in brain surgery, covered by Metallica. They also toured with Ozzy in the late 70's early 80's as well as Judas Priest and Whitesnake and headlined the Reading festival in the UK a few times. Dio lead guitarist and songwriter Craig Goldy recently offered his services while Ronnie James Dio was completing commitments with Heaven & Hell tour. It's amazing they not mentioned in the same light as Cream, Sabbath, Maiden and all. In greatest rock riffs of all time countdowns on tv they almost never mentioned it'd be great to see songs like Breadfan, Wildfire, I turned to Stone and Homicidal Suicidal up there with Metallica's One, Roses Sweet Child of Mine and the rest.

Posted by Gwentvalleyboy on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 05:33am

Another song from the NWoBHM era clearly influenced by Budgie was Diamond head's "Am I Evil?"(which Metallica also covered). Listen to the last 30 seconds of thier song "Hot as a Docker's Armpit"(got to love that for a song title) and you will see what I mean.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 09.16.09 @ 14:42pm

Have read most of the comments and totally agree with them, I first discoverd them in 1971, have got all there albums, managed to see them twice,1 Glasgow uni 1971 and 2 Aberdeen Lemon Tree 2006 both fantastic concerts, they defo should be inducted as they influenced so many metal bands after them, also has anyone noticed that their songs do not include swearing, drugs,sex,ect, an acheivment in its self for a metal band,hopefully oneday they will get the recognition they deserve.

Posted by Harscot on Sunday, 02.23.14 @ 08:47am

I'm originally from the USA and I was listening to Budgie 30 years ago. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Napoleon Bona Parts 1 and 2. Those are some of my favorite tracks. Budgie has to be one of the most underrated band ever.

Posted by Don Spam on Tuesday, 06.3.14 @ 18:30pm

Are you people asleep, or what?! This band meets ALL the requirements for memorialization! Longevity, influence, following, originality, and just plain old ass kickin' pulse poundin' rock n roll drive!!
Nominate, Before they're dead and gone!!! (Burke damn near blew his heart out for the fans!)

Posted by bigfat daddy on Monday, 08.15.16 @ 22:42pm

Budgie is awesome, they deserve to be in the Rock Hall. However, Dio, Thin Lizzy, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, and Rainbow are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. 2pac Shakur is being inducted in 2017; that should tell you all you need to know about the Rock Hall :-(

Posted by Bob on Sunday, 04.9.17 @ 16:14pm

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