Latest News 05/09/2010

The long awaited Impeckable remaster is now on sale. It will have a 12 page booklet and bonus tracks including video promos of Pyramids and Smile Boy Smile. All orders received by 18th September will receive a signed copy.


Bandolier T shirts and sweatshirts are now back in stock.

NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE – You’re all living in Cuckooland

We are pleased to announce that the new Budgie album “You’re All Living In Cuckooland”
has now been  released.

Dead Men Don’t Talk
We’re all Living in Cuckooland
Love is Enough
Tell Me Tell Me

(Don’t want to) Find That Girl
I Don’t Want To Throw You
I’m Compressing The Comb on a Cockerel’s Head

Now available in our Merchandising On Line Shop
Track Listing
Anne Neggen
If I Were Brittania I’d Waive The Rules
You’re Opening Doors
Quacktors And Bureaucats
Sky High Percentage
Heaven Knows Our Name
Black Velvet Stallion
Bonus Tracks –

You’re Opening Doors 2006
Black Velvet Stallion 2006

Recorded by Burke Shelley, Tony Bourge and Steve Williams

BRITTANIA 30th Anniversary T-Shirts and Sweat Shirts now available in the Merchandising Shop

Latest Remaster Release News

CD1 – In Concert Paris Theatre 10:10:1971 : Reading Festival 1980
CD 2 – John Peel Show 1:7:1976 : Friday Rock Show 18:12:1981 : Reading Festival 1982.
See Discography for Track Listing

CD1 – Recorded in Global Village London 1974 (Contains previously unreleased tracks).
CD 2 – Recorded in Los Angeles in 1978
All orders received by midnight September 15 will receive a signed copy by Burke Shelley, Steve Williams and Tony Bourge. Please allow time for delivery as Budgie will be on tour. (See Discography for Track Listings)

Never Turn Your Back On A Friend, In For The Kill and Bandolier are to be released soon. The albums have been digitally remastered from the original master tapes. The 12 page booklets contain quotes from recent interviews with Burke Shelley, Tony Bourge and Ray Phillips and Steve Williams. In addition to the original albums the following bonus tracks have been added.

CRASH COURSE IN BRAIN SURGERY. Originally issued as a single in 1971 but not included on the album. This is a previously unreleased alternative mix to the version that appears on In For The Kill.
NUDE DISINTEGRATING PARACHUTIST WOMAN. The single edited version that appeared as the b side to Crash Course In Brain Surgery.

GUTS, NUDE DISINTGRATING PARACHUTIST WOMAN. Recorded in late summer 2003 by Burke Shelley, Steve Williams and Simon Lees with a mobile studio during rehearsals for the 2003 Autumn Tour.

WHISKEY RIVER. Single edit
STRANDED . Alternate mix.

WHISKEY RIVER. Recorded in late summer 2003 by Burke Shelley, Steve Williams and Simon Lees with a mobile studio during rehearsals for the 2003 Autumn Tour.
ROLLING HOME AGAIN. Recorded by Burke Shelley and Tony Bourge in 2004.

Breadfan – Recorded in late summer 2003 by Burke Shelley, Steve Williams and Simon Lees with a mobile studio during rehearsals for the 2003 Autumn Tour.

Parents – Acoustic, Recorded by Burke Shelley and Tony Bourge in 2004.

Enhanced CD format – Breadfan – Video footage from The Old Grey Whisltle Test 1973( Burke Shelley, Tony Bourge, Ray Phillips).

Zoom Club ( single edit)

In For The Kill, Crash Course In Brain Surgery, Zoom Club – Recorded in late summer 2003 by Burke Shelley, Steve Williams and Simon Lees with a mobile studio during rehearsals for the 2003 Autumn Tour.

Honey, only previously released as a B side to I Ain’t No Mountain.

Breaking All The House Rules, Napoleon Bona Parts 1&2 recorded live at Chatham in 1980 featuring John Thomas on guitar.

Enhanced CD format, Who Do You Want For Your Love, Video footage from The Old Grey Whistle Test 1975 ( Burke Shelley, Tony Bourge & Steve Williams).

Due to tour commitments please allow up to 28 days for delivery.

All CD’s will be available direct from the Budgie website prior to general release. Further details will be posted shortly.

NEW Budgie Merchandise Available from our on-line  Merchandising Shop,
Power Supply T Shirts, Sweat Shirts and Never Turn your Back on a Friend 30th Anniversary T Shirts, Sweat Shirts.

Work on this new Official Budgie Web Site is ongoing and will be the primary source of information on the band.

Please read below if you are looking to have a link from this site

We have been receiving many requests to link to other sites from the Budgie Official Site, this has brought us to the decision to take off the links section and replace it with a gig review section, where we will gladly post the odd show review from yourselves. The decision was taken because we cannot accommodate everyone and all links are not suitable, we do not wish to offend or upset anyone so if there is no links page then no one will be offended.

May / June 2007

Well Poland was a hoot! Ask our stage manager Glyn Mills who fell in love at first taste with a particular brand of Polish cherry vodka. He probably still has the hangover. We were well looked after by promoter Piotr Grudzinsky, who also happens to play guitar for Polish band Riverside who are lucky enough to have just landed the European support slot for Dream Theatre. Check them out on We arrived at Poznan knackered after a cheapy flight ordeal aboard Wiz airlines and grabbed a couple of hours kip at the hotel before being whisked off to a small club called Johnny Rockers for what we thought was an informal  meet and greet with a bunch of Polish Budgie fans. How naive! Informal is simply not the Polish way and we were seated, on stage, at a strategically placed table, supplied with a mic and an interpreter and, with a Polish tv camera pointed at us, found ourselves in the middle of a Q&A session that started off a little strained (as you would naturally expect if you don’t do this sort of thing every day) but after a couple of beers everyone relaxed and it turned out to be a very enjoyable evening. It also became obvious that Budgie are not only popular with older Poles, who may have been there on the infamous 1982 tour, but also with much younger rock fans. Many of them, understandably, have had the batten passed down from their parents but it seems there is still huge demand amongst the young for classic rock bands.


The first show at Poznan was typical of most first nights! Problems with monitors on stage and hiccups with the unfamiliar back line. Add to that a massive communication breakdown with the Polish crew, the obligatory nerves (yes we do still get nervous especially on the first night) and the addition of Parents and Tell Me Tell Me to the set, and you have a potential recipe for disaster! That’s where the experience gleaned from hundreds of years on the road comes in handy and if there’s one thing we all have bags of it’s the ability to (in the words of the escaped penguins in the animated “Madagasca” movie) smile and wave boys! Smile and wave! Now that’s the gig from our standpoint! The 1200 or so Poles who had parted with their hard earned Zloties had a blast. From the word go they were leaping about waving their arms in the air and singing along to every song. They knew the lyrics better than Burke (cough!) and it was inspiring to say the least. After the show we were swamped by a horde of fans who had waited an hour or so to get autographs and photo’s.


Warsaw was another sellout show and again all hell broke loose as soon as Simon played the first notes of Panzer Division setting the pace for the next 90 minutes or so. The band had settled down and the show for us was much better though there were still problems with the on stage sound. Parents was accompanied by at least a 1000 strong vocal backing and, had the audience not already been standing, would have undoubtedly received a standing ovation. The songs off the new album all went down well as did the older material but the loudest applause, apart from the already mentioned Parents, came when the Breadfan riff started.


The last show at Krakow boasted a slightly smaller, but no less enthusiastic, audience of around 600 and was probably the best gig from the bands point of view with a good all round sound and a fantastic reception. From the outset this bunch were going to have a good time and so were we. The new album is well liked and the tracks played live, Dead Men, Justice, Tell Me and Falling went down a storm though, once again, the oldies were what these Budgie fans were waiting for and In For The Kill rocked the place to the rafters.


It was all over too soon and after a day (Sunday) sightseeing in the late Pope John Paul’s home town we were squashed into a Brian Air sardine can and subjected to two hours of Butlins style cash grabbing torture inflicted by an over-enthusiastic oestrogen charged male air steward trying to sell us everything from raffle tickets ( Did he really think I was that stupid? Where would they hide the star prize Mini on board a plane? Ha!) to rail tickets and overpriced cheap duty free. Well what do you expect on a flight that probably cost less than a ticket to one of our shows. A worthless trip home at the end of a priceless couple of days in Polski. When can we go back?