Budgie
Never Turn Your Back on a Friend


4.0
excellent

Review

by Whale and Wasp USER (4 Reviews)
July 25th, 2006 | 194 replies


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist


Listening to Metallica's Garage Days Inc, I found myself wondering what all the original versions of their covers sounded like. In my quest, I have come upon the band Budgie, which originally made Breadfan and Crash Course in Brain Surgery.

This particular album, released in 1973, seems to be Budgie's most recognized album. It's got Breadfan on it, after all!

Which leads me into talking about the first track, Breadfan.

1) Breadfan
It starts out snarling, upbeat, and energetic in the intro/verse/chorus. The singing struck me as very strange, but its something you get used to. The song is quite catchy. In the middle it slows down into the acoustic, melancholy sounding bridge (which is COMPLETELY different from the Metallica version). Then the rest of the song goes back into the relentless hard rock riffing and singing. IMO this is the best sounding track off the album. 5/5

2) Baby Please Don't Go
Overall a bluesy, shuffling song. Has some good guitar licks and bass riffs. The singing is a bit weird and cheesy, but in a way fits. The riffs change from verse to chorus to solo, etc. Good song; nothing amzingly special about it though. 4/5

3) You Know I'll Always Love You
A soft, short ballad-like track. Awesome melodies and singing. The lyrics are deep and reflective. Would be a 5, but it's a bit strange and cheesy in moments, so i give it a 4.5/5.

4) You're The Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk
Starts off with a cool drum solo for the first 1:47, and then goes into catchy hard-rocking. There are some tempo changes, and it seems to get more and more visious as it goes on. Has some good guitar soloing. Drags on a bit though. 4/5

5) In The Grip Of A Tyrefitters Hand
Has a cool funk-rockish thing going on and serious singing going on (it sort of sounds like this had influenced later metal bands to come). The solos and transitions are great except for the riff after the verse which is kind of awkward sounding. Over all, a cool song. 4/5

6) Riding My Nightmare
Is in the same style of You Know I'll Always Love You. Once again good melodies and singing. Not a whole lot of variety but its a nice shot ballad. 4.5/5

7) Parents
This and Breadfan are the most well known tracks off this album. Its a 10 minute serious reflection on the person's chilhood years and his parents (sounds kind of cynical and criticizing). Has good sad sounding riffs and verses and a cool wailing solo. Sometimes drags on. 4/5


Pros:
+ Catchy rockin' riffs and licks :P
+ Nice wailing solos
+ Ballads
+ Breadfan!

Cons:
- Drags on at times
- Gets a bit repetitve as well

Perplexing
" The singer's voice is a bit weird and unusual. It sounds like a lady, though its a guy....but it is unique i suppose.


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Whale and Wasp
July 26th 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you for the crits

Megadeth
November 30th 2010


935 Comments


m/

KILL
December 22nd 2010


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

rock

Terrifyer
December 29th 2010


3403 Comments


awesome

KILL
December 29th 2010


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

real metal

Terrifyer
December 29th 2010


3403 Comments


not as good as nwobhm though

too welsh

KILL
December 29th 2010


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hans likes this

FadeToBlack
December 29th 2010


11044 Comments


he was a teenager when this came out

KILL
December 29th 2010


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea lol did you see his comments on none so vile omg

ffs
December 29th 2010


5331 Comments


i would never turn my back on a friend fuck u for thinking i would

KILL
December 29th 2010


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

come on dude watch the language burke would be pissed

AngelofDeath
Emeritus
December 29th 2010


16223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea lol did you see his comments on none so vile omg




Haha, yeah. Pretty priceless. This band rules. m/

KILL
January 1st 2011


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

rocking to this right now whos with me

rockandmetaljunkie
April 8th 2011


7760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm so glad i discover Budgie.

One of the most underated bands indeed.

NTYBOAF is an essential album for every fan of British Hard/Heavy Rock music.

BallsToTheWall
April 8th 2011


49576 Comments


Album title is bro code for loyalty. WALK.......RESPECT....

Digging: Jakuzi - Hata Pay?

KILL
April 16th 2011


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

parents



suck

KILL
April 16th 2011


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wheres hans

KILL
April 16th 2011


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn would be awesome hangin with lips talking about the old days touring with saxon

FenderUk
June 21st 2011


97 Comments


parents is such a great song

BigHans
June 21st 2011


29580 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never heard this whole thing gonna jam it right now



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