Budgie – Breadfan

Thanks to Pete Fisher for suggesting this.

Pete Fisher… throwback to 1973, and a trio I was lucky to catch live a couple of times on Hastings Pier and quite a few others will remember…about seven years later I became a big fan of Rush, and Budgie’s bassist Burke Shelley bears some resemblance to Rush’s Geddy Lee, both in voice and appearance…the riff here reminded me of Motörhead, and again Budgie’s guitarist Tony Bourge made me think of Phil Campbell, who also happens to be Welsh…

Alan Esdaile… wonderful, many happy memories of seeing Budgie and still can’t understand why they were never a bigger and more successful band.

Pete Fisher… the vagaries of the music biz, lack of support from their management/label?? just checked Wikipedia, and they went on gigging right up to 2010, with only Burke Shelley left from the original line-up…he’s had to stop due to illness.

Paine Electrics Top 10 – End May 1971.


Alan Esdaile… Love R. Dean Taylor.

Sheila Maile… Best years of my life young n’ carefree(63 now and knackered)

Andy Qunta… Even though we played Jig-a-Jig with Factory around that time (and still now), I didn’t remember that it was in the Top Ten! I probably didn’t follow the charts too closely then. Fascinating to read now though!

Gary Kinch… Seem to remember jig a jig being on the Fiesta jukebox or maybe in the Anchor. I put loads of money in both. Good days.

Jim Breeds… Surprised to note that I have 5 of those 45s. I must have been flush that week/month. FYI, Nos. 2, 4, 5, 6, 9.

Alan Pepper… Yes I must admit was buying singles then too ! Numbers 3 5 and 10 Double Barrell reminds me of the funfair on the Oval I am the Magnificent !


The Musical Starlings in The Deck memories rooms Hastings Pier by Phil Gill

musical starlings

This is perfect, well done to Phil Gill.

Robert Searle… Really nice Phil

Allyson Breeds… They flew back yesterday 🙂 I had never been on the pier until the shareholders AGM last year, Madness yesterday were the first band I had seen. That quote still made me tearful yesterday!

Jo Turner…  Indeed they did fly back yesterday. Beautiful.

Alan Esdaile… makes me tearful as well Allyson. Reminds me of special friends I have lost.

Nigel Sherwood… Wonderful words !

Peter Fairless… Perfect

Tony Davis… Nice sentiments Phil, really brought a lump to my throat. So great to see a phoenix rise from the ashes and have live music on our pier again. I say bring it on!!!!!!

Andy Gunton… Nice words Phil. I didn’t see any starlings flying back last night, but the musical notes sure made a very welcome reappearance.

Dave Nattress… Love it Phil – Great stuff – spot on too! After a history of so many bands and so much great music on the pier – another great era has just begun and hopefully many more notes will come back soon.

Jeanette Jones… Poetry in motion.

Mick O’Dowd… Great stuff Phil.

Yvonne Cleland… Nice writing, Phil.

Perri Ann Haste… Lovely words

Chris Leek…   I agree Tony it’s been far too long. Very proud to be a Hastonian just now…people power just love it.

Caz Simpson… Wonderful

Peter Thomson… Classic Phil. That will stay with me as long as all those notes…

Liane Carroll… Beautiful musing by Phil Gill about Hastings Pier. Lovely x x x x x

Iain Cobby… Nice one Phil; my mother and father worked on the pier for many years, spent my teenage years there, saw may bands and was fortunate to play there. The Phoenix rises…………