For a band who became famous
for having a voluptuous female dancer
called Stacia that used to get her kit
off, Hawkwind haven’t half released a
lot of albums in their thirty one year
career, and yes this poor mutt’s got everyone
of them. They even had a hit single in
1972, when “Silver Machine” reached No
3 in Britain and they all stood motionless
on Top of the Pops.
The line up to Hawkwind
has been so unstable that sometimes, the
line-up on the front of the cover of an
album is different to the one on the back,
because somebody left, or joined, or split
in two, or combusted.
The list of musicians is
endless, but to mention some of the more
incredible are Ian Kiliminster (Lemmy
of Motorhead to you guvnor) Bob Calvert,
Hyw Lloyd Langton, Dave Brock, Nik Turner,
Simon House, Harvey Bainbridge, Dik Mik,
(who was in the band for two whole years
before the others realized he wasn’t a
musician) and unbelievably Ginger Baker,
who must of woken up wondering what happened
to Eric and Jack.
Through all the turmoil
of changes they just kept on going, making
Spinal Tap look serious, creating their
own genre of music called (roll of drums)
“Space Rock”, all the time making bands
like Pink Floyd seem very straight. 31
years after the first Hawkwind gig they
are still going today, I can’t tell you
what the line up is as it will have changed
in the last half an hour, but it doesn’t
matter, as Dave the Dog said if you can’t
headbang all the way through the 11 minutes
and 32 seconds of Brainstorm, then your
ready for a collar and lead.
If you want to see what
I mean about Stacia, get the double C.D.
Space Ritual, I don’t know about Space
Rock, but definitely Space.
Pawed by Mott The Dog
Remastered by Ella Crew