Doodles in the margin from an artist living and working in the Scottish Borders.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Music on Monday: In The Grip of Bird Fancier's Lung

Cardiff's finest, Budgie. They had that analogue, valve-driven early-1970s texture to their music, but tunes such as Breadfan, Crash Course in Brain Surgery, both covered by irritating beard-wearers Metallica, and In the Grip of a Tyrefitter's Hand (they did good titles) sound years ahead of their time.

Lead singer, bassist, and Geddy Lee prototype Burke Shelley is very unwell at the moment, having had emergency surgery after falling ill in November last year, so all the best to him.

I particularly enjoy this footage because at one time -scrawny build, overmuch hair, inappropriately large glasses - that's what I used to look like. Apart from the singing voice, the songwriting ability and the musical talent, it's uncanny.

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