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Wednesday, February 9, 2000

Warlocks in space

Posted By on Wed, Feb 9, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Up in the sky, it’s a bird. Well, sort of. The original space-rock band’s 30th anniversary is here and, in honor of that momentous occasion, Hawkwind is releasing classic tracks from its auspicious sonic vault. A two-CD set featuring live recordings from 1972, Codename Hawkwind contains truly vital British psychedelia. Disc one displays the all-time best Hawkwind unit, with guitarist Dave Brock sharing vocals with saxophonist Nik Turner and South African-born lyricist Robert Calvert. This ensemble also included synthesizer player Del Detmar, a guy named Dik Mik on "Audio Generator," drummer Simon King and a young man named Lemmy on bass guitar. Performing cosmic favorites such as "Orgone Accumulator," "Sonic Attack" and "Master of the Universe," Hawkwind displays a swirling space sound in all its inane glory. While neither disc includes Lemmy’s notorious signature piece, "Silver Machine," there’s still plenty of aural insanity to go around. With its pre-punk mentality, spoof-metal / space-age pretensions and drug-addled lyrics dealing with all sorts of interstellar mythology, Hawkwind was one of a kind and a hell of a lot more fun than Pink Floyd. While Bob Calvert died of a heart attack in 1988 and Lemmy is busy with Motorhead, Dave Brock’s Hawkwind is still going strong. Interested?


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