If further proof were needed as to a drummers ability to change the sound and direction of a band then the erstwhile Peter Clarke’s transformation of not one but 2 bands must settle the argument once and for all. On ‘Cut’ Budgie was able to temper The Slits’ more avant-garde sensibilities while simultaneously injecting a subtlety and sensitivity which is notably missing from their earlier Peel sessions. While he was able to adopt a more powerhouse approach for Siouxsie and the Banshees his contributions were nonetheless equally erudite and entirely appropriate. His lead drums are so central to a track like ‘Spellbound’ that it’s hard to imagine the song not being written around them.
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