|Bob on his Frendz
Thanks to Mick Crook for this article, which I believe (based on internal evidence) to have been written
for Frendz, the Notting Hill Gate underground paper, in June or July 1973
advanced equipment at his disposal, and his playing style, as with the rest of the band, is going forward
with the solid practice of working. Lemmy has developed a bass style of his own together with Simon
King, whose relentless sense of timing leaves most rock drummers standing.
Del Dettmar has advanced from roadie to musician with remarkable results on the synthesizer: a very
difficult instrument to master. Dik Mik has split with his audio generator, not for the first time, or the last.
It's more than likely that he'll be back. Again.
The future development of the band, as Nik says, depends very much of the way it evolves out of the
present situation. You take care of the present and the future shapes itself, says Nik. It would seem that
the way Hawkwind is going is towards a tighter stage production, with the help of Science Fiction writer
Michael Moorcock, and a bit from myself in the role of poet.
If you're a working musician you don't often think about
the future, or the past. You live in the eternal present of
playing, and travelling from gig to gig. You leave the
crystal gazing to your manager. That's why he gets his
palm crossed with ten per cent of the silver.
With a futuristic band like Hawkwind you might think
things were a bit different. The imagery of their songs is
connected with Science Fiction. Very often they sound
like visions of what might be coming in the centuries
ahead. But if you ask the members of Hawkwind
individually how thy see the immediate future, it's a
different story again.
Nik Turner, the Saxist of the band, is a little put out about
the future at the moment. He sees things becoming a bit
too commercial. He'd prefer things as they were in the
old days: plenty of free gigs and festivals. The band isn't
doing so many of those these days. Nik has in fact
reached the point of threatening to split from the band if
things don't improve. But don't worry Nik Turner fans.
things are getting better. Doug Smith, Hawkwind's
manager, explains that for the time being, it's a bit
impractical to do free concerts, but as the financial
position improves this will be sorted out.
Musically though, things are progressing fast. Dave
Brock's guitar sound is improving the whole time with
The coming single, "Urban Guerilla", could be taken by
some to be a sign that the band is going to become more
socially aware and even politically orientated. But this is
not really the case. The words of the song, which I
wrote with Dave Brock, are not meant to be taken too
literally. There is quite a bit of irony behind them. It
certainly isn't advocating violence in the streets by any
means. There's a slogan written up on a few walls around
town that says: "Revolution is the Opium of the
intellectuals." Think about that one for a minute.
I would imagine that the next album from Hawkwind is
going to be along the lines of the "Space Ritual". What
you would call a "concept album". But more tightly
organised than the last one. With a stronger story line.
The much discussed trip to America could have quite an
effect on the musical direction of the band. Or possibly
Hawkwind might have an effect on the music scene in
America. Who can say? But whatever happens I doubt if
we'll ever see Hawkwind coming on like the New York
Dolls in make-up and glittery tights. Could you imagine
Dave Brock in a gold lamé jock-strap, girls? Well maybe
you can, but I doubt if his wife would stand for it.