|Watch This Space
A survey of Hawkwind singles' and albums' retail values, from Record Collector, March 2009. The prices
quoted are academic at this point (three and half years later) but the rest of the content is rather good...
Few bands have enjoyed or endured the twists and turns of fate that Hawkwind have undergone since their
first appearance under the by-line 'Group X' at All Saint's Hall, Notting Hill in August 1969.
Hailed as the leading freak band of the 1970s Free Festival scene, championed by key players in the Punk
movement, rejected by the Heavy Metal fraternity in a hail of bottles at the Donnington Monsters of Rock
festival in 1982... Inspiration for a swathe of festival bands in the 1980s and name-checked by their Rave
and Trance successors, they've ridden the fickle affections of the music world for forty years.
In their 40tn anniversary year, they can boast as a wide a constituency as ever â€” even if they themselves
are split into rival factions: the on-going line-up of founder member Dave Brock, and Nik Turner's Space
Brock's Hawkwind play a special two night 'happening' at Porchester Hall in Notting Hill Gate on 28th and
29th August, promising 'a few surprises with some very special guests joining us for the birthday
celebrations,' and have announced plans for a new album this year, purported to be a sequel to the classic In
Search of Space.
Turner, meanwhile, is involved with a reformation of Hawkwind's 1978 alter-ego, 'The Hawklords'. Original
Hawklords members Harvey Bainbridge, Steve Swindells and Martin Griffin, along with a swathe of ex-
Hawks (also including Alan Davey, Adrian Shaw, Jerry Richards, Ron Tree, and Bridget Wishart) will
perform a new version of the fabled Space Ritual in tribute to former Hawkwind cover artist Barney Bubbles
at The Roundhouse on 8th March. Both shows are much anticipated by Hawkwind's dedicated following.
Hawkwind rarities continue to command good prices whilst obscure items still surface to get the collectors'
juices following, such as the Israeli Urban Guerilla 7" in this miscellany of Hawkwind collectables selected
from across their long history.
Note: prices are for guidance only and reflect recent sales, which means they may vary from those in the
Rare Record Price Guide. As always, they are for original records / CDs in mint condition.
HURRY ON SUNDOWN 7" (Liberty LBF 15382) Â£250
Hawkwind's premiere single, Dave Brock's busker-toned Hurry On Sundown, was originally recorded on a
demo-session financed by The Viscounts' Don Paul, whom Brock had encountered when Paul was
organising a buskers' tour of Britain starring his protege Don Partridge. Flicknife eventually released the
demo version in 1981 (FLEP100), the Liberty cut is from the Dick Taylor produced first Hawkwind album.
Dave Brock (guitar/keyboards/vocals, 1969-Present): "Andrew Lauder at United Artists suggested that as
Dick Taylor had left the Pretty Things it would be a good idea to get him as our producer. He actually played
with the band a few times and he did aid us. You see, what did he was he contained us! He instructed us...
because we were electronic barbarians! One of his ideas was to use two 12-string guitars on Hurry On
Sundown to 'thicken' the sound. He'd teach us all the things that someone who'd been in the business knows
DR TECHNICAL & THE MACHINES: Zones / Processed 7" (Hawkfan) Â£25
Brian Tawn, who for many years ran Hawkwind Feedback, issued this one-sided 7" single. "I first went to
Doug Smith's office in 1978 to see the mountain of unanswered Hawkwind fan mail. Doug asked me to
answer it and said he would pay whatever costs arose. That led to me doing the Hawkwind Feedback
newsletters and he sent me a cheque to cover my costs from time to time. After a while, I stopped asking
for the money because I saw it as my hobby.
"Dave suggested the single... or it evolved from one of our phone chats. Dave put Zones and Processed on
1/2" tape and sent it to me, I found a pressing plant for it and ordered 1,000 copies. I designed the insert
sheet for the single and got it printed. If memory serves me right I sold it for Â£1 including postage, but it
was fun to do and set the scene for me to do the Hawkfan fanzine LP.
"The pressing plant phoned me to say there were odd noises on the tape before the music started and did I
want them wiped? I phoned Dave and he said the tape couldn't have any such thing, so I told the plant to
press it as it was.
When we got the record, we realised the 'noises' were in fact the Zones track. When the pressing plant
closed I got the plates for Hawkfan from them, but they couldn't find the plate for the single."
HASSAN-I-SAHBA Italian 7" (Charisma 6079 470 / Italian 7" Promo Charisma 6079 470.1) Â£150
Alan Davey (bass, 1984-96, 2000-07): "It's got that whole Arabic feel to it, the scales around it are Arabic,
so instantly I liked it. The lyric content is very strong, Simon King's drumming and the bass of Adrian Shaw
are spot on, and Simon House on that track has to be providing one of the best ever 'rock violin'
performances. The main reason that track sticks out is because of Simon's violin playing, it brought the
whole song to life and is definitely the icing on that cake."
Paul Rudolph (bass, 1975-76, co-author of Hassan-i-Sahba with Robert Calvert): "Most of the publishing
royalties I receive are from Hassan-i-Sahba, it was a classic piece; Bob Calvert's writings were fun and
memorable and he had a great delivery, rest his soul."
SILVER MACHINE Japanese 7" red vinyl (Liberty LLR-10133) Â£400
Richard Chadwick (drummer, 1988 - Present): "A childhood friend, Jim Solar, who would grow up to form
a punk band, played me Master Of The Universe, this druggy music that pounded on without changing key;
I'd never heard anything like it but thought it was quite good. 1 liked the electronics mixed up with the
"I was still at school when I heard Hawkwind playing a live gig on Radio One, off the back of Silver
Machine; I remember being quite transfixed because it seemed like two strands of the Music of the Spheres
at the same time, one cranial and the other guttural. A driving rhythm section but with esoteric electronics
"A few weeks later I went and saw them live for the first time. Everybody was sat down listening to the
music! My parents were interested in classical, so I was aware of other types of music, but it
seemed totally strange chat for this very simple music that was easy to dance to, everybody sat."
ELECTRIC TEPEE 2LP, limited to 5000 numbered copies (Essential Records ESSLP181) Â£35
Swordfish (Magic Mushroom Band): "Hawkwind were revered because of what they'd laid down. The way
they wrapped the whole thing up really, the culture and everything. But I think, to this day, Hawkwind kind
of stuck where they were and didn't move on into that next phase. They embraced it a bit, maybe for
commercial or spiritual reasons but that phase was a bit alien because it involved dance beats and they had a
different kind of mantra. But it's that Electric Tepee thing.
"When we were at the 'Return To Source' all-nighters at Brixton Academy and they put the flat floors in
with no stage and just three tepees of bands and DJs... this was Electric Tepee and Dave Brock should have
been there to witness the
legacy. OK, this is psychedelic trance music but it's the same thing really."
Richard Chadwick: "You can sum up the Electric Tepee idea as a kind of tribal enclosure within which a lot
of modern things are going on. It's that paradox, looking like something really old but containing something
very new. Barbarians with technology."
LOVE IN SPACE Emergency Broadcast System 2LP / CD (EBSLP120, CD EBSCD20) Â£50
Collectable on vinyl, even more sought-after on CD, this highly regarded recording of the 1995 alien-
abduction themed Alien 4 tour, with the then core membership of Brock, Davey and Chadwick joined by
new front man Ron Tree, is a rarity on both formats.
Alan Davey: "That tour was hilarious, Ron had us in stitches all the time! At the first gig he was desperate
for some stage props and was going around all these skips pulling out old hair-driers from the 1950s and
using them. It was such good fun having him around. He was right on form; a pleasure to work with. On
the intro, Abducted, he set the mood of the show right away and that set the tone for the whole gig."
SONIC ATTACK 7" Cloth Bag Promo (United Artists) Â£400
The most famous, and most bootlegged, Hawkwind collectable, taken from the Space Ritual album and
featuring Robert Calvert reciting Mike Moorcock's 'Public Information Film' rant. Moorcock himself had
preformed Sonic Attack during his first appearance with the band, under the Westway at Portobello Green,
filling in for Calvert who was enduring one of his regular bouts of mental illness.
Michael Moorcock (Vocals, Hawkwind Guest 1971-85,2001): "I was exhausted when 1 did that first gig,
because I had been with Bob, trying to calm him down, and Dave thought my trembling legs was nerves. It
wasn't, I've never known stage fright, though I was always anxious to get my numbers in at the right
moment and needed to be certain of where the numbers fell, since I wasn't always familiar with the band's
set, coming in as I did as a 'substitute' for Bob. After that, I performed with the band on and off for quite a
while, tending to do gigs where I could perform and then go home to my own bed. I saw Sonic Attack as
the distinctly urban sound of the band."
KINGS OF SPEED 7" French (UP35808), German (UA 35825A), Japanese (LLR- 10602), Portugese,
Spanish, UK range Â£30-Â£150
With lyrics by Mike Moorcock and music by Dave Brock, Kings of Speed appeared on Warrior on the Edge
of Time, Hawkwind's 1975 Moorcock-inspired concept album and featured name-checks for his characters
Jerry Cornelius and Bishop Beasley. Multiple covers exist, the black and white psychedelic cover ("Far
Out!") appearing in Spain and the UK, the hard to find 'running man' cover being issued in Germany.
Michael Moorcock: "Kings of Speed was originally written, with a different melody, for [Moorcock's] New
Worlds Fair, but I dropped it and added a bluesy number because 1 felt we needed something like that on the
record. Hawkwind appeared in the Final Programme movie [an adaptation of Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius
novels] at my instigation but you only see them in the trailer, though you can see them, and me, in the DVD
version where I walk in front of the nightclub stage and exchange a word with Jerry. We had a lot ot
prestige amongst punks. I liked much of the Beatles, Who and Hendrix and it seemed to me that the punks
were putting all that back, but I didn't think the Pistols were that amazing. Maybe I'd heard too much stuff
like it around Netting Hill. The haircuts were different, but not the music." The original demo version of
Kings of Speed recently surfaced and appears on Esoteric's 2008 reissue of New Worlds Fair.
THE PSYCHEDELIC WARLORDS (Disappear in Smoke) / It's So Easy (New Zealand, United Artists
Alan Davey: "1 always thought It's So Easy was fantastic, the bass and drums on that track are absolutely
superb, Simon King's rhythm and swing, his drum rolls, are as stunning as any lead guitar. He's my
favourite drummer, no drummer has ever got me off like he has and here he is exceptional. Lemmy locked
in with it really well, so the bass is great, and Simon House's mellotron makes it one of those perfect tracks,
yet it never seems to get played."
SILVER MACHINE 7" (Angolan, Fantasy LYS221) Â£400
Silver Machine was originally recorded at the Greasy Truckers Party at the Roundhouse on 13 February,
1972, captured by future Stiff Records entrepreneur Dave Robinson, then overdubbed at Morgan Studios
with Lemmy's vocals replacing Calvert's.
Dave Robinson: "The guy who organised the Greasy Truckers decided he'd bring some movies to be shown
on the back wall of the Roundhouse, they were all very pornographic and caused great interest! The gig was
sold out and it was really good, all the bands (Hawkwind, Brinsley Schwarz, Man) had their own
followings... Hawkwind were off their faces and off the planet. We discovered Silver Machine when Vie
Maile and I were mixing down the recordings. Hawkwind's stuff was completely chaotic, unless you were
on the right drugs it didn't sound like anything much. But this one stood out, had a rhythm, a bite and a bit
"I remember telling Dave Brock; 'There's one track here that sounds quite good, you might get it on radio.' It
was commercial; I mean there was no part of Hawkwind that you were going to hear on radio at the time,
even John Peel didn't play Hawkwind. They got the multi-track, used it as the basis and added to it, that was
how the record was made."
PSI POWER / DEATH TRAP Spanish 7" Charisma Â£100
One of the hardest to locate Hawkwind singles, actually issued under the 'Hawklords' by-line, is this Spanish
release, the name by which the band recorded the album 25 Years On (later simply reissued as Hawklords}.
Harvey Bainbridge (bass/keyboards 1978-1991, 1999-2000): "Somewhere in my collection I've got a 12" DJ
version of Psi Power, Billboard in the USA were very complimentary about the Hawklords album,
'Hawkwind like you've never heard them before', and it was a total change in terms of production. I think
Billboard labelled it under 'Adult-oriented rock' and in fact it was quite 'grown-up' stuff.
"I recently played with Martin Griffin and Steve Swindells from the Hawklords, at the Robert Calvert Tribute
gig in Herne Bay (September, 2008), it was lovely to perform with them again after all these years."
HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN GRILL DJ Promo 7" (United Artists SP-109) Â£100
This American promotional release features four tracks from the 1974 LP Hall of the Mountain Grill,
including the piano and violin title track, the proto-grunge Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear in Smoke), the
instrumental Wind of Change and the idyllic fantasy of D-Rider.
Nik Turner (saxophonist, 1969-76, 82-84): "I had the idea for D-Rider during rehearsals at Clearwater
Castle, sitting in the woods meditating amongst the bluebells and playing my oboe. It seemed a nice idea for
a song, people riding around on dragons before the Earth had properly formed. 'My momma knows just
where we are, it's fairly ambiguous, is this Mother Earth or our own Mothers?
"There's a reference to Stonehenge, 'the ring has formed out of the stone and I'm writing about the
tetragrammaton, which is taken to be the sacred sound of God, the sound of Jesus's name. There's a lot of
magic and metaphysics in Hebrew; at the time I was reading a lot of books on magic and incantations â€” in
a positive way."
DECIDE YOUR FUTURE EP 12" (4 Real - 4R2T) Â£10
Released to promote Electric Tepee and featuring the album's radio-friendly number Right To Decide (it
should have been a hit!), this era of Hawkwind was a trio, their most slimmed down, with Brock ably
supported by Alan Davey and Richard Chadwick.
Richard Chadwick: "Bridget (Wishart) and Harvey (Bainbridge) had left and we needed to work out tactics
to deal with that. There wasn't time to bring in anybody else, and anyway, nobody really popped up as being
suitable, so we just thought, let's get on with it. What that meant was that each member had to become
more polyphonic... each man had to make more noise! The way we did it was using MIDI, which gave us
the ability to maintain that wall-of-sound, the trademark of our band."
HAWKWIND 1997 (HAWKUP999, CD) Â£50
Compiled by Jerry Richards (guitarist, 1996-2001) from recordings made on Hawkwind's winter 1997 tour,
this CD was sold to 'Hawkwind Passport' holders only and is now unavailable.
Jerry Richards: "It was a bit of a tough time for the band. We'd lost touch a bit with management as Doug
Smith, rightly and properly, was dealing with Chumbawamba who were just about to have a number one
single and album in twenty-one countries. I made sure every show (on the 1997 tour) was recorded at the
desk, then trawled through thirty-odd gigs to find the best performances of each track, compiled at least a
couple of versions of each and went through them with Richard and Ron.
"There were to be absolutely no overdubs, it had to be live, had to be what it said on the label. I like the
exuberance of it; one of tracks, Phetamine Street, we only played once. Ron, Richard and I were backstage,
Dave wasn't there, and we said, 'right, let's pull a surprise and do something we haven't done before', so
about two songs into the set, "one, two, three, four" and launched into Phetamine Street. Dave was beside
himself but coped with it really well and I think he secretly liked it because it was out of left field and he
didn't know it was coming. That's what he's made his name on over the last forty years and he's as happy
as anyone to do it."
URBAN GUERILLA 7", Israel (United Artists, UP35566) Â£150
The Israeli version of Urban Guerilla turned up on E-Bay during the writing of this feature, noting that the
title track on the label lists as 'Urban Gorilla' (must have escaped from the city zoo!) and that the Hebrew
print on the cover contains the band-name and song titles.
Dave Brock: "A lot of our songs had words aimed at young people to read and think about what was going
on. But you think of some of the countries we'd been to, like in France there was quite an anarchistic crowd
that broke into the venue where we were, police firing tear-gas canisters, the gig having to be abandoned,
awful scenes...it's not always just jolly fun on stage. But if you put yourself up on the pedestal and talk
about rights, or whatever, then people see you as the flag carrier."
ASTOUNDING SOUNDS, AMAZING MUSIC LP , Japan (Charisma) Â£75
The Hawkwind album that most divides opinion, Astounding Soundsâ€™ stature has grown over the years
since its release in 1976 to positive music press and negative fan reaction, and is an early part of the current
reissue programme. It was Hawkwind's first studio album to feature Bob Calvert as principal vocalist.
Nik Turner: "Everybody in the band felt empowered, just about everybody contributed a track. Robert had
really creative ideas, Kerb Crawler, Reefer Madness and Steppenwolf, or he'd contribute names for other
people's tracks, like Alan Powell's City of Lagoons. But it was a composite album."
Bridget Wishart (vocals, 1989-91): "We brought Reefer Madness back, because it's a damn good song. Fast,
rocky, and excellent for jamming on. In America (1990) we added a reggae jam that I wrote called Your
Secret's Safe With Me, and then we'd storm back in with the Reefer Madness chorus to finish with. Reefer
Madness is one of my favourite songs to sing live, I recently sang it with Nik's Space Ritual band. With
Hawkwind, I dressed as a man, wore the suit, bow tie, white gloves and bowler hat with moustache and
beard, as a personal tribute to Bob."
HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN GRILL / ROADHAWKS twin cassettes, New Zealand (Liberty TCTP22) Â
Ignore the traditional 'wrong line-up' cover, this one featuring the Astounding Sounds incarnation, this
double tape is a highly scarce item. Both Hall of the Mountain Grill and the compilation Roadhawks hail from
the 1970s EMI-era, though this collection surfaced in the 1980s. Roadhawks (collectable in its UK vinyl
edition if it comes with its originally included poster - and because it's the only EMI release never co appear
on CD) was (he first time that Silver Machine appeared on LP in Britain.
Jerry Richards: "Silver Machine is probably the best, most fabulous, rock and roll number there's ever been
from a British band; wonderful English tribal music, the creation of a genre. An outstanding number, about a
load of nonsense, really, that Bob Calvert dreamed up. It's so beautifully child-like, I think that's its broad
appeal, and it's so grindingly powerful. These are the things that I look for, simple tribalistic, heartfelt,
heartbeat, type things, and that's what Hawkwind created. That's still the case today - long may it continue.
More power to your elbow, Mr. Brock!"
HAWLORDS - 25 YEARS 12" black vinyl, 12" grey vinyl (Charisma CB332 12) Â£15
Harvey Bainbridge: "Barney Bubbles designed the stage show for the Hawklords tour; he had this notion of
something akin to a Fritz Lang movie, with the band all in grey and everyone appearing like drones. He built
this really impressive stage-set full of scaffolding and the idea was that of workers being like robots,
working in the system for '25 Years'."
QUARK, STRANGENESS & CHARM / THE IRON DREAM 7" (European Charisma 6073 399) Â£40
Much of the 1977 Quark, Strangeness & Charm album featured new bassist Adrian Shaw overdubbing bass
lines already laid down in the initial sessions for the album by Paul Rudolph, one of the exceptions being the
title track itself.
Adrian Shaw (bass, 1977-78): "From what I remember, Quark... was a song brought to us almost fully
formed by Bob Calvert. I seem to recall him showing it to us musically, with him playing guitar. Being three
chords it just about came within his scope, Bob being a rudimentary guitarist at best!"
WARRIOR ON THE EDGE OF TIME (United Artists LP, UAG29766) Â£20 / CD (Dojo DOJOCD84) Â
The Holy Grail, not of collectors (though the original edition in a fold-out shield cover and decorated inner-
sleeve is of interest and the CD reissues from the early 90s fetch high prices), but of Hawkfans themselves
due to it's current, long-standing, unavailability. Elsewhere in our feature Mark Powell of Atomhenge
-Ian Abrahams (who said 'Special thanks to Alfred Koessl...')