Budgie are a Welsh rock band from Cardiff, South Glamorgan. They are widely considered as one of the first heavy metal bands and a seminal influence to many acts of that scene.

Budgie formed in 1967 in Cardiff, Wales under the name Hills Contemporary Grass. Their original line-up consisted of Burke Shelley (b. John Burke Shelley, 10 April 1947, Tiger Bay, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales) on vocals and bass, Tony Bourge (b. Anthony James Bourge, 24 November 1948, Tiger Bay, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, South Wales) on guitar and vocals, and Ray Phillips (b. Raymond John Phillips, 1 March 1949, Tiger Bay, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, South Wales) on drums. After performing several gigs in 1968, the band changed their name to Budgie the following year and recorded their first demo then.

Current members are: Burke Shelley - Bass, Vocals; Steve Williams - Drums; Craig Goldy - Guitar

Former members: Tony Bourge - Guitar; Ray Phillips - Drums (1967-1973); Pete Boot; "Big" John Thomas; Simon Lees - Guitar (2003-2007); Rob Kendrick - Guitar; Andy Hart


Average album rating 1971 Budgie  
Average album rating 1972 Squawk  
Average album rating 1973 Never Turn Your Back on a Friend  
Average album rating 1974 In for the Kill  
Average album rating 1975 Bandolier  
Average album rating 1976 If I Were Brittania I'd Waive the Rules  
Average album rating 1978 Impeckable  
Average album rating 1980 Power Supply  
Average album rating 1981 Nightflight  
Average album rating 1982 Deliver Us From Evil  
Average album rating 1997 The Best of Budgie  Compilation
Average album rating 2002 Life in San Antonio  Live
Average album rating 2006 You're All Living in Cuckooland