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|As you know, Hawkwind intend to release a newly recorded version of 'Spirit Of The Age' as a single. The latest information that we have is that a mid-February 2005 release date is expected. The band would like the single to do as well as possible, and to this end we want to hear from everyone who would be willing to co-ordinate their purchase of the single in order to help it attain a UK chart placing. It's been over 32 years since Hawkwind were on Top Of The Pops and we think it's high time they had the opportunity to get there again!
At this point credit needs to be given to Dave, curator of The Hawkwind Museum, whose brainchild this is. Dave is really the main man in this venture and will no doubt get all the credit when Hawkwind topple Westlife from the Number 1 spot next Feb! Dave also came up with the title of the project and the graphic (left), so now you know who's to blame :-) The entire scheme is fully explained over at the Hawkwind Museum, so I'll do this Museum style and suggest that you check out the details by
|Still with me? What we have in mind is for those willing to particpate to buy their copies of the single from nominated outlets, and for this to be done on a specified date. Some of these outlets will be online UK retailers, which will allow overseas Hawkfans to help in the campaign. Alternatively, we may be able to put overseas fans in touch with UK-based fans who would be willing to buy a copy of the new single on their behalf (with suitable emailed authentication from the overseas fan) - which hereafter is called the Buddy System.
Please note: we're trying to co-ordinate genuine purchases. We are *not* attempting to get extra copies bought for the purpose of affecting the charts. The rules governing the UK singles charts can be viewed on the Official UK Charts website and we intend to stick absolutely by these rules.
There is a lot of work and co-ordination needed for this to happen, and as a first step, we need to hear from fans who are willing to give this a shot. At the low end of the scale, all you need to do is make sure you buy your copy of the new single from a UK source (we already know which outlets, actually) at the prescribed time. Or for those willing to do more, we need lobbying of radio stations, while for the REALLY dedicated, Dave is looking for volunteers to put in a little effort at Hawkwind dates on the December 2004 UK tour...
So if you're willing to help, please email us using the links below. (I'm the "overseas co-ordinator" while Dave is handling emails from the UK and Europe.) We will be getting back in touch to ask a couple more questions (where you're located, etc..) and will take it from there...
|UK / Europe-based Hawkfans: email Dave at the Hawkwind Museum by CLICKING HERE
Non-UK / Europe fans: Email me here
|10th July 2005 - Update
The confirmed release date for the single is 30th August 2005 and thanks to Dave of the Hawkwind Museum website we also have a first look at the single cover design, which is in two different flavours:
|The covers for the full version of the single (above) and the Radio Edit (below). Thanks to Rik of Mission Control for these updated images.There really are going to be 2 different versions of the single on sale and some fans (like me) are going to want to buy both, which I suppose should help the Chart Trek campaign!|
|Despite the *apparent* lack of activity on the Chart Trek front, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes over the last few weeks. Both between myself and Dave, and also on the part of Hawkwind and the record company who are releasing the single, plans are flying hither and yon. It's too soon to know how much of what's been mooted will actually transpire, but I'm very confident that the single is going to come out on the planned date and that there is going to be at least some degree of marketing push behind it!|
|18th July 2005 update: The original designs by John Chase are now not going to be used for the single and so I've replaced them with those seen above. But check out the wallpaper pages...
Right: Hawkwind's UK singles chart form to date!
|Larger-size versions of these flyers can be obtained from the Hawkwind Museum's Album and Single Flyers page. You should also check out the Museum's Single Versions page too. It says there, just like it says everywhere else, that the single release date is August 30th 2005. However I notice the single flyer shown above left says Monday August 29th 2005 is the release date - the reason for this is that official single release dates are normally given as the Monday of the week in which it happens, but in this case that particular Monday is a Bank Holiday. So Tuesday 30th August 2005 remains as the de facto release date!
Meanwhile, the pre-order sales on Amazon.co.uk have been going brilliantly. Hawkwind occupy the top 2 places in the Amazon Hot Pre-Release CD Singles chart, and the top spot in the Amazon Hot 25 Pre-Release Albums chart for the special edition of Take Me To Your Leader, which includes a free DVD. (This page is not about promoting the album but make sure you check that out - only the first 2,000 copies include the free DVD!)
Back To Chart Trek, and there have been plenty of questions on the email lists about the new single release(s) and so, subject to the limitations of my knowledge, here are answers to some Chart Trek FAQ's:
Q1: Where will I buy able to buy the single?
A1: Definitely at Amazon.co.uk and at HMV online. These two are the preferred outlets! The single will
probably also be at other online outlets such as Tower Records UK, Woolworths Online, mvc.co.uk,
101cd.com, streetsonline.co.uk, and recordstore.co.uk
Q2: Will I be able to buy the single at bricks and mortar record shops?
A2: You can *order* it from a record shop but it's unlikely that any high street outlets are going to stock it in
any appreciable quantities.
Q3: I'm outside the UK. Will my purchase from an online outlet count towards UK chart placings?
A3: If you order from Amazon.co.uk, NO, it won't! The reason is that Amazon exclude from their UK
Chart returns any orders that shipped to an address outside the UK. Non-UK buyers should purchase
from HMV Online . And the other online outlets listed above in A1: are all known to contribute their
sales figures to the UK Chart company and don't, as far as I know, exclude orders shipped outside of
Q4: Are the singles actually different versions or just covers?
A4: Different tracklists, different versions of the A-side, and different covers. You can't get any more
different than that! What it means, of course, is that you need *both versions* :-)
Q5: I'd like to pre-order my copies rather than wait for them to go on sale on 30th August. Can I do that?
A5: Yes - see the "Preorder on Amazon" and "Preorder on HMV" links alongside the single covers above.
But don't forget, if you're outside the UK, purchases made from Amazon.co.uk don't count towards the
UK charts: you need to purchase from HMV Online instead.
Q6: I'm outside of the UK and want my purchase to count towards a UK chart placing. But I also don't
want to miss out on what may be limited quantities of either version of the single. What should I do?
A6: Do what I've done. If you had already hedged your bets by pre-ordering from Amazon.co.uk, cancel
that order and place a new order with HMV Online. They too are allowing pre-orders, which we think
*will* be counted towards UK chart placings, irrespective of .shipping destination.
Q7: If I buy from CD Services, will my purchase count towards the UK Chart placings?
A7: No, it won't. It pains me to say this, because CD Services have been great friends to Hawkwind fans,
but it is better if you buy your copies of the single elsewhere, since CD Services do not make returns to
the UK Chart company. May I suggest buying your copy of the new album, Take Me To Your Leader,
from CD Services instead!
|Full Version Release Information
(added 27th July 2005)
Catalogue Number: HAWKVP55CD2
Spirit Of The Age (Live - featuring Matthew Wright)
Paradox 2005 (studio)
UK residents: Preorder on Amazon
Preorder on HMV
|Radio Edit Version Release Information
(added 27th July 2005)
Catalogue Number: HAWKVP55CD1
Spirit Of The Age (Radio Edit)
Angela Android (live)
Assassins of Allah (live)
Preorder on Amazon
Preorder on HMV
|27th July 2005 update: Gradually, out of Chaos comes Order, and while I don't claim to know everything about what is going on with this single release, I have added further release information above, in cyan, alongside each of the single images. And thanks to Dave over at the Hawkwind Museum, we can also see the flyers for the forthcoming single (below left) and album (below right).|
|25th August 2005 - Update
Told you there was furious activity behind the scenes! The band and the record company have been working on radio promotion and the following appearances have been confirmed. Please note the best info we have right now is that the times given are the actual broadcast times of Hawkwind's promotional appearances on these stations.
Date & Time: Wednesday 24/08/2005, 1.00 - 4.00 pm
Station & Frequency: BBC Radio Humberside, 95.9FM, 1485AM
Presenter: Paul Hartley
Locality: Hull & Grimsby
Listen online: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/localradio.shtml?nhumbs
Date & Time: Sunday 28/08/2005, 10.20 am
Station & Frequency: BCR-fm, 107.4FM
Presenter: Mark Painter
Locality: Bridgwater (Somerset)
Listen online: http://www.bcrfm.co.uk/#
Date & Time: Tuesday 30/08/2005, 10.00am
Station & Frequency: Radio Verulam, 88.8FM
Presenter: Phil Richards
Locality: St. Albans, West Hertfordshire
Listen online: http://www.radio-verulam.co.uk/listen.shtml
Date & Time: Tuesday 30/08/2005, 10.40am
Station & Frequency: Apple FM, Sky Network (Channel 913 on your Sky digibox)
Presenter: Chris Collis
Date & Time: Wednesday 31/08/2005, 8.30pm
Station: Carillion Radio
Presenter: John Sketchley
Date & Time: Friday 02/09/2005, 6.00 pm
Station & Frequency: Delta FM, 97.1FM, 101.6FM, 101.8FM, 102FM
Presenter: Telephone interview with James Sloan
Locality: East Hampshire, Southwest Surrey, Northwest Sussex
Listen online: http://www.deltaradio.co.uk/listen/index.htm
Date & Time: Friday 02/09/2005, 9.30pm
Station & Frequency: CRMK, 89.8FM
Presenter: Mike Barry
Locality: Milton Keynes
Date & Time: Monday 05/09/2005, 8.00pm
Station & Frequency: Maximum FM
Presenter: Graham Clark
|August 26th 2005 Update
***Win Tickets to Hawkwind’s Launch Party for the Spirit Of The Age single***
Thanks to the kindness of Hawkwind management and Voiceprint Records, Starfarer’s Hawkwind Page has 20 launch party invites to give away to, err, 20 lucky Hairy-Arsed Hawkwind Fans. The party takes place at a Central London location between 12 noon & 3pm on Thursday September 1st 2005 and *the competition is only open to those who can actually attend*. (That rules me out, then…)
To enter the competition all you have to do is answer one question, which is given below. But before you answer the question, let’s go through the rules and constraints that apply. Make sure you read all of this.
1. Similar competitions are also being run at the Mission Control, the Hawkwind Museum and The
WrightStuff Fans websites: *please do not enter more than one of these competitions* since doing so
might rob other fans of the chance to attend this event.
2. Transportation to and from Central London is not provided: it will be up to you to get there and back if
3. The launch party is a private function and there will be no admittance without an official invitation
4. Hawkwind will not be performing at the launch party (though they will be attending!)
5. The launch party takes place between 12 noon and 3pm on Thursday 1st September. *If you can’t
attend at this time please do not enter the competition*.
6. The first 10 entrants with correct answers will be offered a maximum of 2 invitations. If any winner
only needs 1 invitation, the spare will be offered to the next entrant with a correct answer.
7. For your entry to the competition to be considered, you must provide your name and address, and
specify whether you need 1 or 2 invitations. Failure to observe this will render your entry invalid!
8. You must get your answer in to me by 6pm UK time, Sunday 28th August 2005.
9. My decision on all matters relating to this competition will be final and no correspondence will be
10. By submitting an email entry to the competition, you confirm your acceptance of these rules and
OK, here’s the question: “The Chart Trek campaign is a fan-based initiative to help get Hawkwind’s new single into the UK charts. Which well-known Hawkwind website was it that first launched the campaign?”
<30/08/05: Sorry, the competition has now closed...winners have been notified by email...>