July 27, 2008
One of British rock's most enduring hippie institutions, Hawkwind
formed in 1969 and staked their claim as heroes of the counterculture
by playing a free gig outside the Isle of Wight festival. As famous
for their open-door membership policy as their "space rock" sound,
Hawkwind have 29 alumni, including Cream's drummer, Ginger Baker, and
Lemmy. Only the guitarist and main songwriter, Dave "Dr Technical"
Brock, has survived the band's shake-ups. A live album, Knights of
Space, is out tomorrow.
1 Silver Machine Their big space-boogie hit - No 3 in 1972 - had to
be sung by the bassist, Lemmy, after Robert Calvert was sectioned.
2 Urban Guerrilla Released as a single in 1973, just as the IRA's
mainland bombing campaign began, and promptly banned by the BBC.
3 Kings of Speed A Spectorish production, with lyrics by their
literary mentor, Michael Moorcock.
4 Motorhead The last song Lemmy wrote, in 1974, before leaving to
form the band of the same name.
5 The Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear in Smoke) The band's signature
anthem in the 1970s.
6 Back on the Streets With punk kicking off, they reasserted their
7 Quark, Strangeness and Charm A song about a sexually inept
astronomer, which, unusually, poked fun at the band's cosmic agenda.
8 Master of the Universe By 1983, Brock and co were the last space
hippies still in business.
9 Right to Decide A convincing stab at techno-rock, from the 1992
album Electric Tepee.
10 Love in Space Still out there, live, in 1996.