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Originally called Peter Edward Clarke, and hailing from St Helens, Lancashire, UK, becoming better known as Budgie, he's an English drummer, who first recorded with The Slits in 1979. He then went on to be the drummer for influential band Siouxsie & the Banshees from 1979–1996 as well as its side-project The Creatures, 1981–2004. Budgie has also collaborated with other musicians including John Cale and Leonard Eto (formerly of the Kodo Drummers), Juno Reactor, and others.

In 2013, Spin rated him at number 28 in their list of "The 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music". Spin wrote: "Post Punk introduced a lot of amazing drummers, but none more influential than Budgie. With the Banshees, Budgie didn't just play rhythms — he played hooks and leads, brilliant parts that set the songs on fire. His tom-tom-intensive approach, [was] enlightened by his awareness of world music". Spin considers that his "most booming moment" is on "Into the Light", from 1981's Juju: "Budgie drums up a marvel of kinetic syncopation and invention".

Budgie has been hailed in 2013 by peer Stewart Copeland of The Police as one of the 16 most interesting drummers. Copeland described Budgie's playing as "very economical and offbeat". "Budgie didn’t play your standard hi-hat-kick-snare; there were a lot of tom-toms and a big throb". Ari Up of The Slits praised him as "a very sensitive drummer".