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Topic: Tony Bourge

O.K. - Hands up who's scratchin' their heads wondering who Tony Bourge is, or where they've heard the name before.

Yeah, the riff-meister from Welsh rockers Budgie has re-surfaced. here's the news blog:-

"Ex-Budgie guitarist Tony Bourge has a new album out – 35 years after leaving the Welsh band and 27 years after his last recorded output with heavy rockers Tredegar.

In May 1973 Bourge unleashed the riff to Budgie’s Breadfan – later covered by Metallica – on an unsuspecting world. Forty years on, the riff master has a new 20-track album named Crank It Up – released under the moniker of Anthony Bourge.

The album contains a wide variety of styles, from riff-based rockers reminiscent of the metal Bourge forged with Budgie, to songs and instrumentals steeped in the blues, to ethereal pop numbers.

The album’s Shw Mae Mama is a dark, heavy blues song – with a Welsh language chorus that translates as “How are you Mama?”

“Mother Earth has a hole in her head but she’s not dead, and neither is Budgie,” Bourge says, referring to both the song’s subject and the influential Welsh rock band’s legacy.

East Bound is an instrumental inspired by a painting one of Bourge’s sons did before he left for China. “There was a large dragon’s tail and two birds flying over the sea, heading east towards a very large setting sun. Strangely enough, the red sun and the dragon’s tail seemed very Welsh,” Bourge says.

Artists such as Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains, Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age and Kim Thayil of Soundgarden list Tony Bourge as an influence.

Crank It Up is available from online music stores.

The current line-up of Budgie – featuring Craig Goldy on guitar – appears to be on hold. In 2010 bassist/vocalist Burke Shelley was hospitalised after suffering an an aortic aneurysm while on tour in Poland. He returned to Britain to recover but now finds it hard to sing and play bass simultaneously."

All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........

Re: Tony Bourge

You mean Anthony Bourge ? smile What a great band Budgie were - bought all their albums and singles from day one. And who can forget some of their song titles ?

Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman
Hot as a docker's armpit
You're the biggest thing since powdered milk
In the grip of a tyre fitter's hand
Crash course in brain surgery (1st single but 4th album)
If swallowed do not induce vomiting

Time to give the vinyl a spin.................

Re: Tony Bourge

Tony Bourge was a huge influence on me when I started playing guitar... His work with Budgie was outstanding!