|Album Sleeve Notes, Part 1
Some of this information was first posted on Frank Weil's Golden Void site, which is no more.
"Well I've been busking for about ten years on
and off (still doing it) made a couple of albums
(Blues Anthology).....in fact I don't really do
much except play music."
DAVE BROCK... vocals, six and twelve string
guitars, harmonica and percussion.
"My background is jazz and dance bands, I
became interested in electronic music about two
years ago, met Dave Brock and found that we
had mutual interests".
JOHN A. HARRISON... bass guitar
"Been trying to get the bread together for my
own equipment for as long as I can remember
(still am), worked as a salesman and on building
sites for a while, then was offered a job with
equipment, but Hawkwind is the first really
interesting musical scene I've been on".
HUW LLOYD .... lead guitar
"My first job was working in a scrap yard, with ample opportunity for totting. I kept it together for
two years then decided that it was too much, gave it up, then after looning for a year I finally got
some drums together and played with Dave and John, and then Hawkwind happened".
TERRY OLLIS.... drums
"I just dig freaking about on Saxophones. If I could play guitar I'd dig that too. I've bummed around
quite a bit on and off the music scene and now with Hawkwind things are even better. (Groove,
NICK TURNER.... Alto sax, vocals, and percussion
"I suppose I've been a wanderer most of my life, and I knew most of the band from different times in
my past. I was just about to hit the road for India when I joined, I've got practically no musical
knowledge but I figure if you let it become your whole trip, where your involvement is total, you can
do anything you like and do it well. Love and Peace"
"This is the beginning. By now we will be past this album. We started out trying to freak people
(trippers). Now we are trying to levitate their minds, in a nice way, without acid, with ultimately a
complete audio-visual thing. Using a complex of electronics, lights and environmental experiences."
Blood greetings O brother, from our great Space
Mother. The Saga of Doremi Fasol Latido is a
collection of ritualistic space chants, battle
hymns, and stellar songs of praise as used by the
family clan of Hawkwind on their epic journey to
the fabled land of Thorasin. The saga tells of
how, back in Mentet 1972, during the terrible age
of the machine logic god, Eye See Eye, the lords
of the Hawk having fought a desperate but losing
guerilla battle against the Bad Vibe squads for
several years, called together all their musicnauts,
heavy metal kids, thanes, witch sorceresses,
groupies, and tributed allies for a final stand. At
this famous meeting (the glorious 27th) in the
wooded grove of Ladbroke, the assembled forces
swore unswerving fealty to the Hawklords fight
against the tyranny of the corrupt forces for law
and evil. But their situation was hopeless.
Surrounded and outnumbered, it will be remembered how the circle of elders, realising the clan's
situation ordered a great magic ceremony of the Ilbrahim where they called for volunteers to make one
last desperate bid and seek help externally from the legendary world of Thorasin. This legend spoke of a
place of wisdom and peace but it was beyond the astral seas where few men, if any, had travelled. Up
stepped brave Baron Brock (vocals, lead guitar, 12 string guitar), Captain Nik (vocals, sax, and flute)
and Lemmy the Lurch (vocals, bass and 6 string guitar) Up stepped Dik and Mik (generators and hot
electronics) the dwarf leader, Del (synthesiser) and the hound master Simon (drums). And those loyal
followers who pledged their word that grim day were the one legged Graham and the faithful men at
arms Bob, Steve, and Dave the Mix. Trusted swordsmen Higgy and John the Bog. Up stood Liquid Len
and the Lensmen with Alan, Dave, Mike and John. And from the exotic jungles of Actonium came
Doug, the fair Jilly, Paul, Auntie Dunkley, Barney, Film and Geraldo. And from the distant shingled
worlds came Captain Calvert and his strapping cohort Stacia. They swore to go renegade and that night
at the height of the full moon, the merry band emerged for the last time from their feudal forest, and
braving fate set course in their silver ships into the unknown. Remember, O reader, that this was in the
days before space guild supremacy, space highways have now become legendary and quite rightly,
found a way into all incubation halls, hydroponic gardens and even culto/psychic galleries, but never
before has the complete saga been published as a unit. The sound scope was made at Rockfield Studios,
Monmouth, Wales under the master supervision of Brothers Kinsley, Pat and Ralph, and produced by
Hawkwind. Thank you Anton of Olympic. The language remains in its native Terran.
This album, a 1998 compilation of German origin,
is subtitled "Best of Singles A's and B's from 1970
to 1980". The sleeves notes were written by Chris
Welch, one of the major rock journalists of the
1970's and an extensive contributor to Melody
A swirl of eerie electronic effects, a hypnotic
ethereal theme and a roar of blazing guitars
launched one of the most famous themes in the
annals of sci-fi rock when it landed from outer
space in 1972. Even today 'Silver Machine'
epitomises the unique Hawkwind sound, so fondly
remembered and cherished by fans around the
world. The group whose work we celebrate on
this essential CD collection have often been called
"the ultimate underground band". However, their
best-known hit helped introduce them to a much
wider public and ensured a permanent place in rock history. this song and the others you are about to
hear come from the first ten years of an extraordinary career that has spanned three decades.
When Hawkwind arrived at the start of the Seventies, they seemed destined to soar like a shooting star
over the skies, then fade from view as they burned up in the heat of their own internal friction. Yet
despite many changes, the band remains very active with founding member Dave Brock still at the helm.
In recent years their music has leaned more towards the new rave culture, but they are best known for
the cosmic trippy space rock once epitomised by 'Silver Machine'. While Hawkwind never aspired to
the height of success enjoyed by their predecessors Pink Floyd, in their heyday they were no strangers
to the charts. Many musicians and writers have been involved with the Hawkwind phenomenon since it
began life on the London hippie scene in 1969. But the spirit of the band has always rested with their
leader, Dave Brock.
The guitarist and singer was previously in a group called Famous Cure with guitarist Mick Slattery in
1967. During a tour of Holland they bumped into saxophone player Nik Turner who would become a
Hawkwind regular. Dave also played in the Dharma Blues Band, but by 1969 Brock was reduced to
busking -playing in the streets- to earn a living. He was determined, however, to form a regular outfit
with his mates, which became known as Group X. In July 1969 they played their first gig at All Saints
Hall, Notting Hill Gate, London, a performance that led to a management deal and a contract with United
Artists Records. They changed their name to Hawkwind Zoo, which swiftly became abbreviated to
Hawkwind. With their trippy music, lifestyle and attitudes, the group became heroes of the underground
scene. They played mainly community gigs, benefit concerts and free festivals. One of their most
celebrated apperances was at the Isle Of Wight Festival in 1970, when they played outside the gates.
Jimi Hendrix came to see them perform, though he didn't sit in. THAT would have been too far out!
The band had roots in the blues, but developed their acid rock style featuring hard driving arrangements
with plenty of guitar solos and effects, accompanied by a light show, smoke, and more importantly as
far as the fans were concerned, topless dancing by the legendary Stacia. Hawkwind's first line-up
included Dave Brock (guitar, vocals), Dik Mik (electronics), Mick Slattery (guitar), John Harrison
(bass), Nik Turner (saxophone) and Terry Ollis (drums). However, before the band could record their
first album, 'Hawkwind' (Liberty), Slattery quit the group and was temporarily replaced by Huw Lloyd
Langton. John Harrison also left the band shortly after the album was finished, charged with being "too
straight" for the hard living hippies. Lloyd Langton left the group not long after the Isle of Wight gig,
and Brock assumed lead guitar duties. Del Dettmar, the band's sound mixer, joined as synthesizer player
in May 1971, replacing Dik Mik, Later on, Dettmar and Dik Mik played together in the band, which by
then included Stacia and bassist Dave Anderson. Exeter-born Stacia gave her first performance with
the band at Glastonbury Fayre in June 1971.
Then in August 1971 came one of their most celebrated sidemen, vocalist and bass guitarist Lemmy.
Real name Ian Kilminster, he had previously worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix. Lemmy was a great
character and a 'speed' freak who brought a lot of energy and ideas to the band. However, in May 1975
during a US tour, he was arrested on drugs charges and subsequently fired. Dave Brock has since said
that firing Lemmy was "my biggest regret". Lemmy, however, recovered from the blow to form his
own highly successful band Motorhead and become one of the most celebrated figures in the heavy
While gigs were an integral part of the Hawkwind life style, they also managed to spend plenty of
productive time in the studio and would release more than twenty albums in the years ahead. the first,
'Hawkwind', was produced by Pretty Things guitarist Dick Taylor and rleased in August 1970. At the
same time they issued their debut single 'Hurry On Sundown' which is included on this CD.
Their more successful second LP, 'In Search Of Space' (October 1971) was to be their first Top
Twenty chart album. But the greatest excitement came when Hawkwind gained an unexpected smash
hit single with 'Silver Machine', which got to Number 3 in the UK charts in July 1972. The song was
co-written by Dave Brock and Robert Calvert and sung by Lemmy. Calvert was an extraordinary
character who would have considerable impact on Hawkwind's career. A South African born poet, he
came to London where he met Dave Brock in 1970. He also knew Michael Moorcock, the eminent
science fiction writer closely connected with the band, who helped organise some of their gigs. Robert
wrote imaginative lyrics and later wrote a play about Jimi Hendrix and a book about the music business
called 'Hype'. He had been the band's resident poet before joining as a full member at the beginning of
November 1972 also saw the release of the band's third album, 'Doremi Fasol Latido' (United Artists),
and at the same time, the underground group found themselves performing 'Silver Machine' on BBC
TV's 'Top Of The Pops'. The follow-up single, 'Urban Guerrilla', was actually a more exciting piece,
which had overtones of the Rolling Stones and even seemed to presage punk rock with its spiky
delivery. However, due to the political climate caused by a terrorist bombing campaign in London, the
single had to be withdrawn after reaching number 39 in the chart. It was a blow, and Hawkwind never
had another commercial hit, apart from the occasions when 'Silver Machine' re-entered the charts.
Calvert left the band in 1973 before Hawkwind's first US tour, intending to record his solo album
'Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters' (1974) but rejoined in 1975 as lead singer.
Other important figures came and went with alarming speed. Huw Lloyd Langton, who had replaced
Mick Slattery to record the first album, left in September 1970 but eventually returned in the Eighties.
Another Hawkwind recruit was Harvey Bainbridge (vocals, bass and synths) who co-wrote much of
their later material. Simon King was one of the regular drummers, and he also played in the subsequent
The group, meanwhile, continued to release a flood of albums, including the double set 'Space Ritual'
(1973) which got to number 9 in the UK album chart, and 'Hall Of The Mountain Grill' (1974). This was
named in honour of a working man's cafe in the Portobello Road where Dave Brock dined and which
was also frequented by Marc Bolan and David Bowie in their hippie days. Next came 'Warrior On The
Edge Of Time' (1975) followed by 'Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music' (1976) and 'Quark Strangeness
& Charm' (1977). The title track of the latter album reflected, to an extent, Calvert's fascination with
new discoveries in particle physics. At least it made a good hook phrase!
In 1977, founding member Nik Turner left the group, fired due to excessive saxophone soloing on stage
(!), but Dave Brock continued working with Robert Calvert who fronted the band during the the 1978
season. In June 1978 Hawkwind were renamed the Hawklords, for contractual reasons, and toured with
a line-up that included Calvert, Bainbridge, King and Brock.
In 1979, Hawkwind rose again and the band would face the new challenge of the Eighties, taking on
board such musicians as Tim Blake (synthesizer) and, in an unexpected move, ex-Cream drummer
Ginger Baker. Sadly, Robert Calvert, who had left the band again in '79, suffered several emotional
breakdowns and subsequently died of a heart attack in 1988. The band issued some 16 albums in the
Eighties and many more CD's in the next decade. They include 'Levitation' (1980), 'Sonic Attack'
(1981), 'Friends and Relations' (1982) and 'Choose Your Masques' (1982), by which time the line-up
included Brock, Bainbridge, Lloyd Langton and Martin Griffin (drums). 'Space Bandits' was released in
1990 as the band empathised with the renewed interest in space rock and techno developments, and
embarked in 1992 on a successful US tour. Often in and out of fashion, Hawkwind managed to retain a
hard-core following and were cheerfully embraced by the rave culture. Led by Dave Brock, the chief
Space Bandit, they embarked on a major new tour in 1997 with scheduled visits to Spain, Australia, New
Zealand and the US.
Long may Hawkwind reign! After 25 years of psychedelic rock, the band's classic recordings,
epitomised by such titles as 'Kings Of Speed', 'Lord Of Light' and 'Forge Of Vulcan' can still blow you
away. They are just some of the highlights of a CD that beams up the Hawkwind message from the
distant depths of space and time!
This album is a tribute to Bob Calvert, poet,
writer, musician extraordinaire. Bob is no longer
with us (he died of a heart attack) but his spirit
lives on in numerous recordings, these being
some of the best - you can feel the energy
generating from the grooves.
Hawkwind, and here the Hawklords, are one of
the most underrated bands in the world. Their
influence on the music scene is apparent still in
many bands to this day. Dave Brock still leads
Hawkwind ever onward and his spacey guitar
playing can be heard to its full advantage here
with Bob, megaphone at the ready, storming into
the universe. So tune in and take off!
-John Lewis, Music World