January 22, 2008

I Heart Hawkwind

I wrote Hawkwind off for a long time as a sissy hippie-jam band without even hearing them, mostly because of Neil's references to them on The Young Ones. But after learning they were formed out of elements from three of my favorite groups (The Pretty Things, Amon Duul 2, and Motorhead) I picked up a couple albums from their finest era, also captured here on film. I mean c'mon, don't you want to be a part of this scene? The gut-churning noise, the interpretive dancers, the liquid light show, the dystopian sci-fi sound effects... If these guys were around today, they'd kick Marilyn Manson's mall-rocking ass. And check out the young Lemmy on vocals - a couple years later, he was kicked out of the band for taking too many drugs (that's like the nazi party kicking someone out for being too german). Their catalog is huge, and much of it is redundant. And like KISS, their live albums are much better than their studio material. Try Space Ritual, a 2-disc concert recording from 1973.

1 comment:

Lance Ehlers said...

Hawkwind is a lot like Tangerine Dream: the line-up shifts every month, and you have to do your research, otherwise you will spend a lot of time and money only to wind up with a collection of awful music you will never want to listen to.