|1984 Encyclopaedia Hawkwind entry
This seems to be the Hawkwind entry in some sort of rock encyclopaedia that was self-evidently penned late
in 1984. It contains some inaccuracies, including a rather strange line-up - of which I tried and failed to find
a photo. So the one you see here is from the soundcheck at Sheffield University Octagon on 27/11/1984...
Dave Brock - vocals, guitar
Alan Davey - bass
Huw Lloyd Langton - guitar
Clive Deamer - drums
Hawkwind (Liberty LBR 1012)
In Search Of Space (United Artists UAG 29202)
Doremi Fasol Latido (United Artists UAG 29364)
Space Ritual (United Artists UAD 60037)
In The Hall Of The Mountain Grill (United Artists UAG 29672)
Warrior On The Edge Of Time (United Artists UAG 29766)
Roadhawks (Liberty/Fame SA 4130961)
Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music (Charisma CDS 4004)
Masters Of The Universe (Liberty/Fame FA 3008)
Quark, Strangeness And Charm (Charisma CDS 4008)
25 Years On Charisma (CDS 4014)
PXR5 (Charisma CHC 25)
Live '79 (Bronze BRON 527)
Repeat Performance (Charisma BG2)
Levitation (Bronze BRON 530)
Sonic Attack (RCA LP 6004)
Friends And Relations (Flicknife SHARP 101)
Church Of Hawkwind (RCA LP 9004)
Choose Your Masques (RCA LP 6055)
The Text Of Festival (JAMS Records JAMS 29)
Zones Flicknife (SHAPR 014)
Just Hawkwind (Liberty/EMI SLS 1972921)
This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic (Flicknife SHARP 02)
One of the longest running sagas in British rock, Hawkwind's roots lie in the ostensibly alternative society
that enjoyed a strong base around London's Notting Hill Gate at the end of the sixties. Hippies, acid and
good vibes (man) set the scene from which they sprang.
Their first appearance was a jam session as Group X with Dave Brock (ex Famous Cure. Dharma Blues
Band and Busker), Mick Slattery (Famous Cure), Nik Turner (a Famous Cure roadie), Terry Ollis, Dikmik
and John Harrison. The improvisational success of the jam led to their deciding to stick together, renaming
themselves Hawkwind Zoo, subsequently abbreviating the name to Hawkwind when they signed to United
Artists in November in 1969.
Their willingness to play free virtually anywhere for any cause with which they sympathised inspired a hard
core of fanatical support. One noted appearance was when they played outside the fence at the 1970 Isle Of
Wight festival as a protest against the high admission fee. Shortly afterwards their debut album 'Hawkwind'
appeared. Their ever-fluid line-up had already seen the departure of guitarist Mick Slattery, to be replaced by
Huw Lloyd-Langton. Langton soon left and was not replaced, whilst bassist John Harrison also quit to be
replaced by Thomas Crimble from Skin Alley. He was replaced in May 1971 by Ian Kilmister from The
Rocking Vicars, soon to become known simply as Lemmy.
Augmented by a psychedelic light show and a curvaceous dancer called Stacia, Hawkwind continued to play
throughout the country. They also featured poet Bob Calvert who finally joined the band on a permanent
basis in 1972 following the chart success of their 'In Search Of Space' album at the end of 1971. Simon
King also replaced Terry Ollis during this period.
An appearance at the 'Greasy Tuckers Ball' led to two tracks appearing on the album of the show, and two
more subsequently emerged on the 'Glastonbury Fayre' compilation. One was remixed as a single with
Lemmy on vocals and remains the band's most noted success to date, 'Silver Machine'.
In November 1972 Hawkwind took the Space Ritual show on the road across Britain and Europe to support
their new album 'Doremi Fasol Latido', and following its success 'Space Ritual' emerged in May 1973.
Dikmik and Calvert left and were not replaced for the US Space Ritual tour which began in November, was
broken off for British dates, and then taken up again in March 1973 with Simon House (ex High Tide and
Third Ear Band) guesting on keyboards, before officially replacing Del Dettmar in the stage line-up. Dettmar
continued to play from the mixing desk, a position from which he had been moved two years previously
during one of Dikmik's absences. Calvert's solo album, 'Captain Lockheed And The Starfighters', emerged
in May 1974 with most of Hawkwind playing on it, shortly after which Dettmar emigrated to Canada and
Alan Powell was recruited as a second drummer to augment Simon King.
In September that year 'In The Hall Of The Mountain Grill' emerged, followed by an American tour
temporarily halted when their equipment was impounded by tax authorities, following which they toured
1975 brought 'Warriors On The Edge Of Time' plus an album from longtime associate Michael Moorcock
'The New Worlds Fair' which featured several Hawkwind members. On their next US tour Lemmy was
fired after a drugs bust by Canadian border officials. He was replaced by Paul Rudolph of The Pink Fairies,
and returned to England to form Motorhead.
Relations between Hawkwind, their management and record label were deteriorating, and by the spring of
1976 they were looking after their own affairs and signing with Charisma Shortly afterwards United Artists,
their previous label, released the 'Roadhawks' compilation. Their Charisma debut, 'Astounding Sounds,
Amazing Music' followed in August. The band toured with another stage spectacular, the 'Atomhenge'
show, but friction led to the dismissal of Nik Turner, Paul Rudolph and Alan Powell. Turner went on to
form Sphynx and then The Inner City Unit. whilst Rudolph and Powell put together Kicks before Rudolph
emigrated to Vancouver to join Del Dettmar's band Melodic Energy Commission.
With changes in the musical and social climate of Britain seriously affecting the band's appeal, more musical
discipline was clearly called for. Shortly after another United Artists compilation 'Masters Of The Universe'
was released in January 1977, Hawkwind announced a new line-up of Dave Brock, Bob Calvert (back in the
fold), Simon King, Simon House and Adrian Shaw, which recorded 'Quark, Strangeness And Charm' that
summer and toured with Lemmy's Motorhead supporting.
Early in 1978 Hawkwind embarked on another tour of America where Simon House was invited to join
David Bowie's band and quit to be replaced at short notice by Paul Hayles. Dave Brock disbanded
Hawkwind immediately after the tour then immediately put together Hawklords with Bob Calvert, Harvey
Bainbridge, Martin Griffin and Steve Swindells. This line-up took over the Charisma deal and recorded '25
Years On', which was followed in May 1979 by 'PXR5' which was recorded in late 1977 and early 1978 by
the last Hawkwind line-up.
The band continued to tour Britain and Europe, but felt in the process that they should revert to the original
name and in September 1979 Hawkwind duly re-emerged. Calvert quit again, and Griffin and Swindells
were replaced by former member Huw Lloyd-Langton and ex-Gong player Tim Blake. Swindells, who had
played with String Driven Thing and Pilot before joining Hawklords, had also released a solo album on RCA
'Messages', and following his departure another solo effort entitled 'Fresh Blood' appeared on Atco, also
featuring Huw Lloyd-Langton and Simon King.
By 1980 Hawkwind was something apart from the central core of rock, more a token of past attitudes than
anything else. United Artists released their first album for the third time at the beginning of the year, but the
hard core of support they still enjoyed won them a new deal with Bronze Records who released 'Live 79'
that year, recorded on the tour that had closed the year before. It was promptly followed up with
'Levitation', Simon King having left the band to be replaced by none other than Ginger Baker. The album
made the top twenty and United Artists re-released a batch of old Hawkwind albums to capitalise on the new
wave of success, with Charisma releasing a compilation 'Repeat Performance'. Nevertheless they soon
found themselves without a label again, although the independent Flicknife Records released an EP of live
tracks and old Hawkwind Zoo demos. Tim Blake had left the band by now, replaced temporarily by Twink
and then former Blood Donor Keith Hale, and in June 1981 drummer Martin Griffin was drafted into the
line-up when Hale left with Ginger Baker to form Ginger's Nuts. It was with these members that Hawkwind
recorded their first album for RCA, 'Sonic Attack', which emerged later that year and was followed by
another successful British tour, Despite their outmoded ideals and unique approach to rock music,
Hawkwind still enjoyed a strong base of support as all the old hippies crept out of the woodwork to reflect
upon their past.
'Church Of Hawkwind' was rapidly begun, finally emerging in May 1982. The band made a stab at the HM
market by touring Europe supporting Krokus and then appeared at the Castle Donington Festival, but the
HM fans were not particularly impressed. Old Hawkwind fans remained faithful however, and the ensuing
'Choose Your Masques' which included the first reappearance of Nik Turner after his return to the fold
again charted. Martin Griffin appeared on the ensuing tour as a favour, having already left the band to
concentrate on production work. His place was subsequently taken by Andy Anderson who had previously
played with Steve Hillage.
During their period with RCA Hawkwind had also released a collection of old material on Flicknife called
'Friends And Relations', and it was to Flicknife that they turned when RCA dropped them. 'The Text Of
Festival' emerged on JAMS Records in 1983 followed by Flicknife's 'Zones', a compilation of tracks from
various line-ups of the band. Huw Lloyd-Langton also took the opportunity to record a solo album for the
label and put together a band to support it in between commitments to Hawkwind.
Late in 1984 Flicknife released another album This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic' recorded live at the
Stonehenge Festival, at which they have become something of an annual fixture. The band's lineup will
doubtless remain fluid; even band leader Dave Brock has taken time out to record his own solo album
('Earthed To The Ground', another Flicknife release). The latest official changes were the departure of
bassist Harvey Bainbridge to be replaced by Alan Davey, formerly of The Gunslingers, and the replacement
of drummer Andy Anderson by Clive Deamer.