Hawkwind

ARTICLE ABOUT Hawkwind FROM SOUNDS, May 10, 1975

I keep noticing that a lot of the articles that I post these days are by either Geoff Barton or Pete Makowski. These two men have, throughout the years, been utterly important in promoting and making known to us all much of the music we are still listening to today. Their contribution to modern music history must not be underestimated and they deserve a place in the history books when the story of modern rock music goes down on paper.
Oh, well… here`s a good one with those guys from Hawkwind!
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Hawkwind: Not a single minded band

Feature by: Geoff Barton

Almost tasteful. A remark that can be taken two ways, to two different extremes: either complimentary, or derogatory.
`Wind are taking it as a compliment, and seem well pleased with their new album which has been called, as I`ve said, `almost tasteful`.
“The album`s called `Warriors At The Edge Of Time`,” remarks drummer Simon King. “Or is it `Warriors On The Edge Of Time`?”.
“I believe it`s just called `Warrior`,” counters co-percussionist Alan Powell.
“No, no, no,” says Simon, “I`m sure it isn`t. I did the layout for the sleeve, after all…”
Typical Hawkwind vagueness and uncertainty – but, given the events surrounding the recording of the album (the title eventually being resolved to `Warriors On The Edge Of Time`), quite forgiveable.
“Yeah, we did it in about a week,” says Simon. “That was totally insane – but at the same time I enjoyed it. We had just one track – Simon House`s – laid down before we went into the recording studios at Rockfield. There, we laid all the backing tracks down in about three and a half days. Then, after we had a couple of days off, we went down to Olympic and added bits here and there, dubbed over vocals and mixed it all. That took about three days, and it was finished.

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“We had to do it in such a short space of time because we`re soon to tour America. Atlantic, our recording company over there, needed an album to coincide with our visit. It was just fortunate that we had the numbers written and that we managed to get it ready. Still, we got it together and now we`re just sitting here waiting to go over to the States.”
The new album, released in Britain within the next few weeks, as the introduction to this piece suggests, features a much more mature and varied band. While not totally devoid of archetypal Hawkwind numbers, at the same time there`s a fine 6/8 track written by Simon House (“Just to prove that we can do some things that aren`t 4/4”) and a mellow acoustic contribution from Dave Brock (a `The Watcher`). `Space Ritual` type narratives also make their return, with Nik Turner and Michael Moorcock handling the spoken parts, and both Alan and Simon contributing the atmospheric backing.
The album is broadly based around sci-fi author and on-off Hawkwind member Michael Moorcock`s character Erekose, the Eternal Champion.
“It links up with a lot of Moorcock`s books,” says Alan. “We`ll probably do some more work with him for the next album. Not a lot, just bits here and there. `Warriors` was originally going to be some sort of concept thing between us and Moorcock, but it never really came together except for a few of the tracks – the poems, and the lyrics for some of the songs.”
Are you looking forward to returning to America?
“I really can`t wait,” replies Simon. “The first time I went I didn`t like it at all, but now that I`ve got to know some people over there I`m really looking forward to it. It`s only going to be a short tour and we`re going to play familiar places, so it should be perfectly all right.”
Will you be playing numbers from the new album on the tour?
“Yeah – but actually it won`t be the first time we`ll have played them live,” Simon says. “We gave them their debut on two British gigs at Yeovil and Dunstable a short while ago – which we kept quiet about. We just wanted to try them out, you know.
“I expect you can remember the saga at the end of our last British tour – we had to blow out a number of the final dates, because everyone was physically and mentally wiped out, retarded. It was unavoidable.
“We`ve only partially recovered now,” he jokes, “but what with doing the album and having to have a break, we`ve only had the chance to do two of the cancelled gigs. We did virtually the whole of the new album on those dates together with a few of the old numbers. It worked really well – we were so enthusiastic about doing new numbers that the old ones sounded fresher as well.”

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BOMBS

Hawkwind have so far been unable to equal `Silver Machine`s` singles chart success. You may remember the band voluntarily withdrew their follow-up single `Urban Guerilla` from the shops just as it was about to break into the charts because of political implications – bombs were being planted all around the country at the time. A noble gesture, but one that in the end proved harmful for the band: the newest single, `Kings Of Speed`, seems to have flopped rather badly.
“Never mind, I didn`t like the number anyway,” admits Simon. “Apparently, we had to do a single to fulfill our record contract, but really we don`t know how to make them. A band like Sweet, for example, can go into a studio and turn out great three minute singles. I`m not a Sweet fan, but give credit where credit`s due, most of their singles work well.
“We`re not singles-minded, we can`t do things in their way. If Sweet had done `Kings Of Speed` then maybe it would have been a hit – but when we laid the number down we felt like, well, we had to do it, so let`s get it out of the way as soon as possible.”
Last time I talked to Simon, he seemed quite enthusiastic about the single. Why the change of heart?

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“Well at one point I was quite into doing the number, I was quite into getting a few things done. `Kings Of Speed` could have been okay, I suppose, but really it was a case of `too many cooks`. People kept on saying to us that it had to have this, had to have that. In the end the band didn`t want to know. It got released, and it just got overlooked. I wasn`t bothered at all, you know?”
I thought the single did fairly well – it may even still be a breaker.
“Maybe, I don`t know. I wasn`t even aware it had been released for some time. A lot of people say to you that the band could really do with another hit single, and all the rest of it. Well okay, maybe we do. I don`t think we do, but I might be wrong. I probably am.
“After all, Chelsea got relegated and I thought they were going to win the league.”

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I have personally transcribed this from the original paper. Any errors in the text from the original magazine may not have been corrected for the sake of accuracy. If you have a music-related web-page where this fits – please make a link to the article. With credits to the original writer of the article from all of us music fans!
This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Back Street Crawler, Mallard, Leo Sayer, Mud, Jet, Average White Band, Al Green, Ray Charles, Chinn and Chapman, Hawkwind, Slade, Genesis, Dr. Hook, Helen Reddy, Alex Harvey, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Bill Munroe, Kraftwerk, Kinks.
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ARTICLE ABOUT The A-Z of Heavy Metal FROM SOUNDS (Part 4), April 26, 1975

So, as mentioned before, this concludes this series as I don`t have the next number of Sounds which ended with bands up to the letter Z.
I guess the two journalists in question here would correct a couple of things if they had the chance… among them the name of Kiss`s second album and the very strange omission of a band like Led Zeppelin in this article. They may not have been “metal” enough, but then some other bands shouldn`t be here too.
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Rock from `eavy to `umble or
The Sounds A – Z of Heavy Metal

Compiled by Pete Makowski and Geoff Barton

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Hardstuff

A hard rocking unit who recorded two albums on the Purple label (`Bullet Proof` and `Bolex Demtia`) then split. The band consisted of John Cann (guitar), ex-Atomic Rooster bassist John Gustafson and Paul Hammond (drums).

Hawkwind

You know the Hawks. Been together for years, once a people`s band, latterly spaced-out cosmic trippers with a diverting light show. Heavy as an asteroid; loud as a rocket blast; entertaining as a sci-fi novel. Their albums on UA are all readily available: `Hawkwind`, `In Search Of Space` (a classic), `Doremi Fasol Latido`, `Space Ritual` and `Hall Of The Mountain Grill`. Freak hit was `Silver Machine`. Follow-up `Urban Guerilla` was almost a success, too, but got deleted because of political implications. Current effort, `Kings Of Speed`, is the plague of the SOUNDS office.

Heavy Metal Kids

Came shortly after Silverhead and had that same punk rock appeal about them. Headed by mouthpiece Gary Holton they have been progressively building a strong following although their debut album on Atlantic didn`t sell as well as expected. Since then Micky Waller (ex Jeff Beck drummer) has left to form his own band and the band have changed their name to the Kids.

Hendrix

If the Troggs took Chip Taylor`s `Wild Thing` and made it kind of sleazy, Jimi Hendrix took it and gave it a sense of menace – which is why Makowski decides to include Hendrix but exclude the Troggs from this exhaustive list. One presumes. When Hendrix was on he was magnificent – one of the few men who could take the solo guitar and make it sound so good it didn`t need another instrument within a thousand miles. He could also be unbearably tiresome, over-extending licks and riffs until they bled white. But who else could have taken `Star Spangled Banner` and made it work for young America?

Humble Pie

At one time the Pie looked like strong contenders for the rock and roll throne the Stones had been so comfortably sitting on. They had a hard rhythmic style to put them in that league. The band were formed in `68. The combination of Steve Marriott, both from huge groups of that era (the Small Faces and the Herd respectively), sealed the band`s success from the start. Ex Art and Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley and Jerry Shirley completed the line up. Their move to A&M from Immediate in 1970 coincided with a transition in the band`s style, a more aggressive brutal sound. This plus their consistent roadwork led to their imminent success in States and this country (they released three albums during this period `Humble Pie`, `Rock On` and `Live At The Fillmore`). It was obvious that Frampton and Marriott were taking two opposite musical directions and this led with the departure of the former who went to form his own band – Camel, who are still recording on the A&M label. The Pie took on the guitar services of ex Bakerloo, Colosseum man Dave Clempson. The band`s sound became more basic, the `white man soul` vocals of Marriott came to the forefront and they produced one killer of an album titled `Smokin“ in `72. This was followed by three less inspiring efforts (Eat It`, `Thunderbox` and `Streets Rats`) and the band are in the process of splitting.

Hustler

Formerly Flesh, this band first made their mark at the Marquee club where they built up a strong following. The line up then consisted of Steve Haynes (vocals), Micky Lluelyn (guitar), Kenny Lyons (bass), Kenny Daughters (organ) and Tony Beard (drums). They recorded their debut album last year on the Firefly label called `High Street` produced by ex Vinegar Joe guitar player Pete Gage. Since then the band have seen the departure of Beard who has been replaced by ex Tundra man Henry Spinetti.

Hydra

Out of the same camp as the Allmans/Marshall Tucker/Wet Willie, the guitar of Spencer Kirkpatrick and vocalist Wayne Bruce make this band a powerful, up front outfit. A four piece with only one album to their credit but worth watching. A big reputation down South.

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Iggy Pop

He emulated his heroes – Jagger and the Doors – with unrestrained and exaggerated vigour. A showman supreme, he got a band together in his Ann Arbor home town in `69. Their sheer punk rock enthusiasm made up for their lack of musical skill, but essentially they were a live band and their albums sounded empty save a couple of songs that just happened to work. They recorded two albums on Elektra (`The Stooges` produced by ex Velvet John Cale, and `Funhouse`). Later Bowie produced them (`Raw Power`) an improvement, it was hailed by critics, but Iggy mysteriously disappeared and has had an uneven career since.

Iron Butterfly

Iron Butterfly are, arguably, the most successful, as far as record sales go, of all heavy bands. Their album `In-A-Gadda-Vida` shifted an incredible amount of copies and was just about the Sixties most successful album – it was the first to be awarded a platinum disc and stayed in the US charts for 140 weeks (Butterfly sold, in all, some seven million albums in that decade). They began in San Diego in 1966 and recorded their first album `Iron Butterfly – Heavy` within a year. Six albums were released by the band and all hit the US charts. Their original line up was Erik Braunn guitar, Lee Dorman bass, Ron Bushy drums and Doug Ingle organ and vocals. Later Braunn was replaced by two guitarists, Mike Pinera and Larry Reinhardt. They were basically a heavy blues based outfit with an irritating penchant for electronic gimmickry. Ingle, the band`s leader, had an eerie vocal style which became their trademark. Butterfly have recently reformed with two original members, Braunn and Bushy, and two new members, Phil Kramer bass and vocals, Howard Reitzes keyboards and vocals. They have an album, `Scorching Beauty`, out currently on MCA. It`s marginally better/worse than anything they`ve done before, depending on which way you look at it.

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James Gang

Formed in Cleveland, Ohio the original band consisted of Joe Walsh (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Jimmy Fox (drums) and Dale Peters (bass). The band produced a versatile range of what could be described as tasteful rock and roll. Walsh`s musical ambitions led to his departure and current solo successes after four albums (`Yer Album`, `Rides Again`, `Thirds`, `Live In Concert`). The remaining two employed the talents of Dominic Trojano for two albums (`Strait Shooter` and `Passin` Thru`), then left to record a solo album and is currently with The Guess Who. He was replaced by Denver guitarist Tommy Bolin and they have recorded two albums (`Gang Bang` and `Miami`). Now they`re a good rock band but nowhere near the standards of the original Walsh line-up.

Jo Jo Gunne

They never managed to sustain the success they had with their first single `Run, Run, Run`. The band was formed by two ex Spirit members Jay Ferguson (keyboards) and John Locke (bass). After three albums guitarist Matthew Andes left to be replaced by John Stahaley (formerly Spirit and Stahaley Brothers).

Judas Priest

Birmingham five piece who look like they could step into Sabbath`s shoes judging by the response they`ve been getting on tour. They have an album out on Gull records and are currently working on new product.

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Kiss

Rock and roll meets Hammer films. Kiss have tried to combine glamour, horrorock, showmanship… if there was a drink comparable to their mixture of styles you`d have to have a strong stomach to hold it down. The band consists of Peter Criss (drums), Gene Simmons (guitar), Paul Stanley (guitar), Space Age Frehley (lead guitar) and they`ve recorded three albums (`Kiss`, `Nothing To Lose`, `Dressed To Kill`) on the Casablanca label.

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Love Sculpture

Featuring Dave Edmunds and a bit bemused when their heavying-up of `Sabre Dance` was Number One here in 1967, they were “A local band that was never meant to be” according to their leader. They toured America because it was a good way to get their air fares paid, but split up when they got home. What really put the cap on it was when they found themselves topping the bill over Joe Cocker. They thought the joke had gone far enough.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Seven piece Skynyrd have taken the States by storm over the last couple of years, their first album setting some non-Southern dudes back on their heels. Three guitars lead the Skynyrd attack but from evidence of their last (third) album they`ve taken their foot off the gas a bit.

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Mahogany Rush

When Frank Marino was only fourteen years old, he had a bum trip. When he recovered in hospital he discovered he had suddenly acquired an adeptness for playing the guitar, he could play the solo on Garcias `Viola Blues` note for note even though he never heard it before. Then Hendrix overtook his style.

May Blitz

Headed by ex-Jeff Beck drummer Tony Newman, this band were given a lot of promo but didn`t live up to it. They recorded two albums on the Vertigo label (`May Blitz`, `2nd Of May`) and split.

MC5

`Brothers and sisters! I wanna see your hands up there! Lemme see your hands! I wanna hear some revolution out there brothers! I wanna hear a little revolution! It`s time to move! It`s time to testify! And I wanna know – are you ready to testify? Are you ready? I give a testimonial – the MC5!` So begins one of rock`s heaviest (if not the heaviest) live albums, the Motor City Five`s `Kick Out The Jams`. The band had several albums released over here on both the Elektra and Atlantic labels, but all have long since been deleted. The only MC5 material currently readily (or easily) available is a track on the `Age Of Atlantic` sampler album, `Tonight`. Brief facts: the band originated in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the early/middle Sixties; their trademark: unsubtle, unsophisticated, often barely competent metal which assaulted you (both live and on record even at the most moderate volume) with the force of a fragmentation bomb and the intensity of a dentist`s drill; they were extremely politically orientated, turning up and gigging at many a revolutionary, extremist party rally; Rob Tyner, vocalist, was (and probably still is) the epitome of the perpetually screaming, practically out of tune rock singer. The MC5 once proted Norman Mailer to write a particularly gruesome account of one of their concerts. It`s a fact not too widely known that the jingle for Noel Edmonds` jolly `Kick Out The Jams` spot in his morning show comes from the album of the same name, except that it`s cleverly censored: the MC5 scream, `and right now it`s time to – kick out the jams, mother fuckers!`, while Noel has sensibly toned this down for his listeners and inserted `brothers and sisters` for the offensive final word.

Montrose

American band featuring ex- Edgar Winter sideman and sessionist Ronnie Montrose on blistering guitar. First album, released in 1973, was a rocker from end to end. Curiously, the band (at least on the two occasions I`ve seen them) fail to match up to their recorded sounds in live performance. Original line-up: Ronnie Montrose guitar, Sam Hagar vocals, Bill Church bass, Denny Carmassi drums. Alan Fitzgerald replaced Church for the second album `Paper Money` and Hagar recently left to form his own band, Sammy Wilde And The Dust Cloud. A new vocalist has not yet been announced, though Montrose is still intact.

Mott The Hoople

Mott the Hoople were always a schizophrenic band. Being the brainchild of Guy Stevens, they couldn`t have been anything but – he wanted a group that merged the Rolling Stones with Procol Harum. So their early albums zigzagged from manic, bad tempered thrash to reflective ballads – a quality that wasn`t reflected in the anarchy of their invariably shambolic live gigs. Finally, they gave up and split up. Then Bowie, `Dudes` and success. But Mott had always been a loser band, stumbling from one crisis to the next, and they remained so – once the original line-up split (Mick Ralphs and Verden Allen moving on ultimately to Bad Company and Cheeks) and the permutations of guitarists and keyboardmen started, the rot had set in. They fizzled out with Ian Hunter unable and unwilling to carry on as the group lynchpin any more. His solo career continues with the last Mott guitarist, ex-Spider, Mick Ronson, on another schizoid course; while the Mott remnants are about to record their first album with a new (secret) singer and guitarist. The future is uncertain as ever the past was.

Mountain

If Cream had never existed it`s doubtful that Mountain would have followed. Felix Pappalardi (Cream producer and bassist in his own right) pulled together the talents of Leslie West (guitar), formerly with a band called the Vagrants, Corky Laing (drums) and Steve Knight (keyboards) and broke really big in America but couldn`t repeat the feat in Britain. Felix had a great influence on Cream in the studio and some of these themes were much evident in albums such as `Nantucket Sleighride` and `Flowers Of Evil`. The band split in 1972 and spawned West, Bruce and Laing but reformed following the WB&L collapse only to work sporadically. Best albums vie between `Nantucket` and `Climbing`.

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Nazareth

A dynamic rock and roll four piece (Dan McCafferty, vocals, Manny Charlton, guitar, Pete Agnew, bass, Darryl Sweet, drums) from Dunfermline didn`t take off until the release of their third album `Razamanaz`. This was followed by chart appearances (`Broken Down Angel`, `This Flight Tonight`). Their next two albums (`Loud `n` Proud` and `Rampant`) sold well but their popularity waned in Britain when they concentrated their energies abroad where they are in the big league. The band have returned in powerful form with `Hair Of The Dog` which was produced by Charlton (the previous three were produced by ex-Purple man Roger Glover).

New York Dolls

`Too Much, Too Soon` was an appropriate title for their second album, the Dolls never quite seemed to make it. Visually and musically they were meant to represent New Yawk debauchery, the kid of the street sound. The band – David Johansen (vocals), Johnny Thunders (guitar), Sylvain Sylvain (bass) and Jerry Nolan (drums) – built a large following at Max`s Kansas City which captured the heart of the critics but were limited in their audience appeal (mainly confined to areas that were attracted by glitter rock).

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I have personally transcribed this from the original paper. Any errors in the text from the original magazine may not have been corrected for the sake of accuracy. If you have a music-related web-page where this fits – please make a link to the article. With credits to the original writer of the article from all of us music fans!

This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Frank Zappa, Gladys Knight, Women In Rock, Betty Wright, Steve Harley, Peter Frampton, Labelle, Peter Skellern, Ray Davies, Larry Uttal, Chris Spedding, Anne Murray, Sweet Sensation, Bernard Purdie, Mike Harding, Ronnie Lane, Yes.

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ARTICLE ABOUT Hawkwind FROM SOUNDS, September 23, 1972

This band is quite fascinating because they are so different to all the rest. They really struggle with their new-found success in this interview and you get the impression that they are torn between the need for commerciality and a wish for something more anarchistic.
So here we go with this one – enjoy!

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In search of Hawkwind

Interview by Steve Peacock

So how did you feel when that friendly bunch of freaks, the ones you always liked to go and see when you got really out of it, are at number two in the singles chart? “Was I tripping or did I really see Hawkwind on Top Of The Pops?” someone wrote to us, and a lot of people were similarly astonished.

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But not Dave Brock. “It didn`t surprise us man, we knew it was going to be a hit.”
How? “Well, we just did; we know what we`re doing, see. At least, I knew it would get to number five or seven, but I was surprised when it got to number two.”
Outside the farmhouse the sun`s shining, down the lane in a converted cowshed someone`s overdubbing a track on the album they`re recording, in the rest of the house people are sleeping and falling about, and Dave Brock has reluctantly given up the idea of catching a pony and going riding to talk to “The man who gave Hawkwind a bad review at bickershaw”.
As we talk, the room begins to fill up with other people from Hawkwind and the people who surround them, all joining in, the interview getting more and more confused. Some of the things I attribute to Dave may have been said by someone else, but trying to sort out a tape of about ten different voices, all mumbling at once ain`t easy.
It`s Thursday, and they`ve been down at Rockfield since Monday, recording since Tuesday afternoon. “We`ve got enough down for two albums in fact, because it`s so nice down here. All the basic stuff`s done; we recorded bass, guitar, drums and vocals together, so it`s as live as it can be, and then we put on the other things afterwards. There`s just some sax and vocal to do now.”
Pretty fast for two albums. “Well, it`s easy for us to do – we don`t have any hang-ups. If you record in town you`ve got all that going on as well, and you have to go into the studio at a certain time, but down here it`s the country and you can just loon around and have a good time, it`s a nice farm, nice people who`re where we are, no difference, and we can relax.

CRAZY

“We just let the tapes run and play like we do when we`re playing live; do a three-hour track and then cut it up into pieces, use one piece as a complete section, and join it up to another piece with a synthesiser link or something. It doesn`t matter to us about doing tracks to a certain length or anything, we just do it.
“It`s improvised, but it`s together in the first place, that`s why we do it the way we do because the three of us know what we`re doing, so we put that down and then if the others don`t know it they can listen to what we`ve done, get some ideas, and lay their bits down afterwards.”
The thing about Hawkwind is that you feel they are, and always have been, the kind of crazy band that they`d like to go and see themselves if they were going out for a good time. You can imagine any one of them turning up in the audience of a Hawkwind gig and really getting off. They grew out of the street community of Notting Hill Gate, and despite all that`s happened, they still feel part of that community.

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“See, what we`d eventually like to get together would be the kind of scene they originally had at the Roundhouse and places, where wherever we go to play there`d be this big thing, like a market place, so everyone in the area who`s into selling things could have a stall, and you`d have a complete environment, music, lights, food, stalls, art exhibitions, whatever people wanted. That`s what was supposed to happen with the Roundhouse things and others, but then people started to realise they could make vast sums of money out of it, so it didn`t.
“We`ve been through so many bad scenes with benefits too, so now if we do a benefit we run it ourselves, like we run most of our gigs, so we know exactly where the money goes. And then we get accused of selling out or something because we won`t do all the benefits we`re asked to do, but people don`t think about all the bad scenes you`ve been through with people milking money out of you.”
Strangely, the question of bread keeps cropping up when you`re talking with Hawkwind; not, I hasten to add, because they`re obsessed with country mansions and fast cars, but because they need a lot just to keep going, to help projects they believe in, and to equip themselves so they can create the right environment for their gigs. They resent strongly any implication that they`re involved with the music business: we were talking about the way they`d grown out of one community and, by becoming more successful and popular over the country, must have got involved more in the business.
“Ah, that`s where you`re wrong; we`re not involved in the music business at all. We`re still doing exactly the same things, seeing the same people, still living round the Gate, our friends are still the same people they always were. There`s so much shit involved in the music business that none of us want to be involved at all; we`re on the fringes, like having a record contract, but only as long as we can do what we want to do.”
Fine words, but a lot of bands say those kind of things and find it impossible to act them out. Was it possible?

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STARVED

“Surely it is. Everywhere we go we can create our own environment, and people can come and get turned on by what we stand for and by what we do. Most of the places we play, we hire the halls, and run the gig ourselves, and the thing we usually get is local councils and commissionaires and people putting a block on us doing things, like getting that market scene together or having a light show. They want us to have the hall lights up all the time and things, but that only causes bad scenes. What they don`t realise is that people will co-operate with us, because we`re into the same things they`re into but they resent them trying to impose their authority.
“Lots of bands could do the same things as us, but very few people want to – they start off saying they want to but they somehow, er, go astray. You just know how to get it together and set up the right situation.”
How had they managed to get to that point? “We starved, that`s how. You just keep on going and going until you`re skint, and then you start thinking you`ll give it up as a bad job, but you don`t and you keep going because eventually you know it`ll all slot into place and something will get together. You just keep steering the ship, and I think if we keep steering it in the direction we`re going we could do some really nice things, revolutionise a few things, without a doubt.”
The next big project will be the long-awaited Space Opera tour, due on the road in November. “It`s coming along slowly, but there`s so much work, really a lot, and you just don`t realise how much there is until you start. Our normal number of people on the road is 16, but with this we`ll need 24, and they all have things to do and they`ve all got to be paid. When I see it all written down, I tend to freak out, because apart from all that we`ve got to get it all together musically too.

STRANGE

“If we can get it done in time, all the speakers we`ve got at the moment will be done away with and replaced with new ones, all ridiculous shapes and sizes. We`re going to have them all directional, with lights inside them, and have a 360 degrees sound system, like the Pink Floyd use.”
Meanwhile the strangeness continues because however much they try to carry on as if nothing had happened, things are different for Hawkwind now. It shows on gigs, where the pulling power of a band with a hit single means they can`t play the small places they used to, and even when they play the big places, they sell out.
“It`s a bit of a drag because all the heads who used to come and see us usually turn up late, because they`re completely out of it, and of course now they can`t get in. It`s good in a way too, because the average age of our audience has dropped to 14 or 15 or something, and they probably get turned on to new things when they come to one of our gigs, see things a bit differently maybe, but we get really pissed off about the people who can`t get in.”

RIOTS?

If they`d seen what was going to happen with the single, so clearly didn`t they see that problem coming as well? “Well, no. Not as much as it has. I mean there`ve been some really bad scenes, riots almost. Like when we played at Croydon, that was really silly – 1,500 people got turned away, and the alley where they got in was packed with people and they started freaking out, hitting each other, chicks with broken noses and cars getting turned over – really bad, you know?
“And there`s not much you can do about it except play in bigger and bigger places, but that`s all right if we keep the prices down and make sure we can create our own scene there.”
And will they be releasing another single?
“No.”
Never?
“Ah. Well not yet, not `till the time is right again. Not ever yet.”

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This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: John Kay (Steppenwolf), Sandy Denny, Head, Hands and Feet, Maggie Bell, Ten Years After, Manassas, Frank Zappa, Rick Nelson, Barry Dransfield, Andy Brown, Carly Simon.

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ARTICLE ABOUT Lemmy (Hawkwind) FROM NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS, February 8, 1975

This is quite special – to read an interview with Lemmy before he started his own band. Only a few months later he would be fired from Hawkwind and we all know what happened thereafter. Rarely does a member from a band go out and start a bigger band than the one that he/she was originally with, but Lemmy did it. He and…Joan Jett? Who else? Anyone?

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“Knock knock!”
“Who`s there?”
“Lemmy”
“Lemmy who?”
“Lemmy in or I`ll kick yer door down!”

A Feature Profile on H. Wind`s Spaceman Bassman, supported by occasional out-of-context quotes provided by the Interviewee

By Tony Tyler
Pic: Pennie Smith
Harley-Davidson: Lemmy`s mate

Lemmy`s real name is Ian Kilmister but “Lemmy” sounds a good deal heavier. And if you remember the BBC`s “Journey Into Space”, you might just recall that the original Big L was the sidekick of one Jet Morgan, urbane spaceman for the airwaves of fifties Britain.
Now Jet Morgan`s Lemmy was a sort of 21st Century Tonto, the Sancho Panza of the Spaceways. He was a cheerful syncophant and a boy wonder at fixing meteorite patches. However, unlike his earlier namesake, Lemmy the Bass sports no visual anonymity to mask his image. For Lemmy, Image is just about everything he`s got (and I`m assuming he`s finished paying for his bass).
This single-minded concentration on a particular Image has produced some curious side-effects in Lemmy, not the least of which is his natural friendliness. Mind you, he`ll probably kill me for calling him “friendly,” because the way Lemmy sees the world, overt sympathy goes badly against the Image and is therefore unacceptable. But we`ll get to all that later.

No, there`s not been much about the music of H. Wind so far. In fact, there isn`t going to be. In fact, I`m leading up to an examination of the premise on which `Wind touts its sounds, and of the illusions under which I believe they labour – if their seemingly-menacing-but-actually-soft-as-old-roaches bassist is any guide to the rest of the group. To tell the truth, H. Wind`s music is not really my bowl of ginseng, although its remote progenitors did once have an effect upon by youthful cerebrellum, and the real reason for The Lemmy Interview is because…uh…because I`ve known him for years; and so when his name cropped up in the Great Publicity Roundup recently (not unconnected with a then-concurrent tour of Our Damaged Isle), I volunteered for the gig.
Because I felt I`d Probably Get Him to Open Up, that`s why.
And anyway, the idea of actually interviewing Lemmy seemed at once so grotesque and so appropriate that it just had to be done.

Swift resume: my first-ever view of Ian Kilmister was way back in `67 and I came with a friend to, er, score. As I recall, Lemmy wasn`t holding any real quantity but we skinned up anyway; and so my first recollections of the lad involve incense, exotic cheroots, the Beck “Truth” LP and Lemmy (who even then had a decidedly unhealthy complexion) turning green as he copped the Beck licks on a battered Strat, a joint like a 105mm cannon traversing from side to side of his trap.
Those were the days of the Rockin` Vicars, I guess – a saga that`ll have to wait.
At all events, one collided with one spasmodically over the next few years until Lemmy announced that he was joining a band called Hawkwind.
Hawkwind? Are they like Quintessence?
Three years passed. H. Wind began to acquire a kind of buzz that, back in `66, would have netted them some real kudos. As it was they got Stacia; and lights; and they got Underground Credibility, which says a lot for the state of U.C. in `70 or so. The music? Four hours in 4/4 with an occasional trot into 8/8 (“Because it`s there”) and little else, apart from farts from Putney synthesizers. But they began to attract Followers, notably SF novelist Michael Moorcock, the Dennis Wheatley of our Time. (Whom `Wind still take to, by the way.) Bleary-eyed, redded-out infants nodded cataleptically to the True Inheritors of Hapshash. Coloured Coat and all. And Lemmy played on.

Underground papers wrote features. One I remember was by a fresh-faced ingenue called Nick Kent and appeared in Frendz. It was of course well-written…but it was naive (and it`s been a long time since anyone used that adjective about Nicky the K.)
Other music papers wrote features. They had to, really. In `70/71 the Undergrounds were running rings around the weeklies (NME included) for depth and breadth of commitment etc – all good grassroots Wind territory. Mind you, the weeklies` articles tended towards Coy Chronologues of Chemicals Consumed, or pieces on How Hawkwind Got Busted In Guildford For The Ninety-Eight Time Last Tuesday – and NME`s Aaron Zilch Was There etc. But there actually wasn`t much to write about…hippies…dope…a few lights…tits…there was no middle ground, and The Wind were dead lucky not to be totally savaged when `72/`73 dawned and the current of critical sympathy began to run against counter-cultural dinosaurs and simplistic political theorising.
But really, all Hawkwind actually ever did was play some instruments (more or less as they`d planned to), fall about a bit and generally come off a lot less unpleasant than, say – oh, sod these perjorative asides. They got the Vote. Or enough of it.
Also, the rhythm section improved.

Ok, so that`s Hawkwind`s progress more or less encapsulated, minus that odd hit single and the gradual climb up the ladder of solvency. What about Lemmy?
Now our interview went on for a very long time, and during that session we talked a lot, mostly about politics/economics/etcetera, i.e. Lemmy`s ideas on the aforementioned. And in all that tape there seemed to be very little that broke new territory. And we hardly talked about music at all.
What actually emerged was a sort of study of one particular individual, a musician, who (I believe) actually holds opinions almost the opposite of those he believes he holds, whose philosophy of life is based on easy-to-assimilate ideograms which he knows will stay in his brain despite what else he pours in on top; and whose desperate pursuit of a tough-guy image is simultaneously comic and oddly moving.
Nonetheless, let`s kick off with a heavy quote, the kind that reveals plenty about Lemmy the Guy. Quite frankly, I couldn`t give a hoot about Lemmy the Bassist. Who needs music when your interviewee comes out with things like…

“My father was a vicar – a padre in the RAF. I last saw him on Fulham Broadway when I was 26.
“That was also the first time I`d seen him.”
Huh?
“He`d sworn to `love, honour and obey` – and when the child was a few months old, off he goes. And that`s it for 26 years!
“Now that`s the lowest kind of shit.
“Then he wrote to my mother saying `What can I do for the boy?` – pangs of remorse! Anyway, we arranged to meet – went for a  meal and talked”.
And?
“What could he do for me, he asked. Sure, he wanted to help, but only on his own terms…college…a course or something -he`d have paid, he said.
“I said `Give me five thousand pounds and get out of my life`.
“He said `What for?` I told him: to start a group. He said `No`. I walked out of the restaurant there and then. Haven`t seen him since.
“If I do I`ll break his back.”

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The point of that harrowing little tale is to perhaps draw an arrow in the direction of where Lemmy`s street-outlaw “toughness” comes from.
Yet, Lemmy, can`t you forgive the poor fart? I mean, a vicar? He must be in a much worse state.
And Lemmy duly withdraws the back-breaking “threat”, but there`s no real identification with the plight of the rockin` vicar so far as I can see. No, the padre has blown it el permanento so far as his son is concerned. And I`m not in Lemmy`s place, so I can`t argue.
Anyway, Lemmy made it, didn`t he? In music, that is. So he must have been right to walk out on his old man.
Now don`t go getting the idea that Lemmy is some kind of patho, all bitter and twisted on account of his runaway pa. On the contrary, as I`ve said above, he`s unconsciously nicer than he would probably prefer to be, quite a decent fella in fact, not stingy with his stash if you take my meaning. And he likes a nice chat does Lemmy.
Now here`s where the other worry sets in, the bit about him – and presumably, his colleagues in Britain`s Longest-lived Underground Band – not thinking his ideas through. He contradicts himself, just at the very instance when he needs to do the opposite, and though he`s an unselfconscious rapper, too often his phrases go round in circles.

What`s that got to do with the music? Plenty, I should say.
Yet he can still get to the point when he wants to (which is, as you`ll have observed, when there`s a chip on the leather shoulder.) “I got well pissed off at that piece in Melody Maker. The guy wrote in these…sounds, like `uh` and `um` that I`m supposed to make when I`m talking. Just to make me sound gormless. I don`t talk that way”. Nor does he, but he`s newly-enough come to fame (well, sort of fame) to be rather naive about journalists and journalistic techniques. In fact, for a while he was all set to have me submit this article to him for “approval” or even “a quick look”. The word “censorship” would of course quite genuinely horrify him.
Are you still with us? I mean, you might have pissed off to read the LP reviews. That`s it, be a good little consumer…meantime, my friend Lemmy and I will give you a few choice extracts from the H. Wind Lifestyle Rulebook.
Lemmy: “The main thing this generation is learning is how to be a good criminal!”

Windmanager Doug Smith: “Now hang on–”
Lemmy: “–By hangin` on to us, by lockin` us up, by fining us whatever they like for walking through the streets dressed the way we wanna look…”
Smith: “Now it`s not as bad as–”
Lemmy: “–Lockin` us up–”
Smith: “Listen Lemmy, what those kids out there” (he means Windfans) “are doing is one thing only: surviving. In a society based upon someone else`s economic planning.”
Yeah, it`s a bit like Dave Spart and his older sister Clara, but Smith, older, suaver, more cultivated and commanding and somehow not too overbearing (certainly he`s well thought-of by many folks I know) is less extreme, more reasoned, far less sloganised. And in debating the subject of economic exploitation, Smith wins – because not only has he thought about it, he does it. Every day.

It turns out that the Wind-wealth is handles thusly: each week Smith prunes off enough to float the next week and pay the wages, and the rest gets ploughed straight back in. Times are hard, and there was that enormous and spectacular Tax Bust in the States recently which could only happen to Hawkwind, when you think of it. (So carried away is Lemmy with the frankness in the room that he`s actually on the point of telling me how much his weekly wages are before Smith forestalls him.)
Let`s face it: Hawkwind are still on the road, still fielding a road crew, still giving Lemmy his wages every week so that he can go straight out and – I promised not to say. So the system works as far as they`re concerned. Outlaws?
Anyway, suffice it to say that during the three-way rap we ran the entire gamut of Cradle Thinktankery, with Lemmy`s passionate naivetes gently and almost endlessly being corrected by the careful Smith. I get the impression that Lemmy believes in Peoples` Capitalism – and can`t make it work, no way, not for him or anybody else. Whereas Smith can articulate it – and most obviously makes it work – but doesn`t hold it as an ideology, no matter what he protests.
But Lemmy`s not really interested in cash, just in what it will buy, like any other reasonably sane person. And what it buys Lemmy is a superb black leather-gubbins a la mode, with Camden Passage Nazi regalia dangling from his neck. To him, this is his Lincoln Green – the garb of the Street Outlaw.

What is an outlaw, Lemmy?
Is an Outlaw posing on a borrowed Harley for an NME front cover? (In fact, after that issue, in another part of which we mentioned that Lem`d been seen gazing hungrily into the window of the Take 6 boutique, we received a postcard from France: “Ta for the front page but watch it with the Take 6. This is a shit country. Lemmy”. But he sent it; hardly the gesture of an Ulrike Meinhof, or a Patty Hearst, hein?)
No, for Lemmy an Outlaw is still largely a Romantic Figure – and you can tell RFs by the way they dress most of all. Hence the leathers and the Iron Cross and the long lank hair, and the prized relationship with Hells Angels.
“See this?” “This” is a grimy, much-patched card, proclaiming Lemmy an Honorary Member of such-and-such a Chapter. Lemmy says, yes, he can ride a motorcycle, he just doesn`t happen to own one right now. Not yet anyway. In the meantime, he`s got all the accessories, including the cultivated air of hoodlum menace which is about as valid or as necessary as that sported by various members of Sha Na Na. Just like those guys, he doesn`t need all that jive.

But I don`t think Lemmy`ll ever be convinced. His pose, though discernable to other as such, is completely real to him. His emotional commitment to a stylistic chimaera is 100 per cent complete. And I got to say he seems no less cheerful than anybody else I know, so maybe he`s hit on something without realising it.
As I rise to leave the Urban Guerilla apologetically starts rooting through a filing cabinet. He`s looking for…a photograph! Of himself! But he can`t find it.
A week later it arrives. It`s a pic of Lemmy on a huge, huge motorcycle. You know, the one he borrowed from a friend.

Some succeeded and others never did.

Some succeeded and others never did.

I have personally transcribed this from the original paper and you are free to use it as you like. If you use it on your own webpages – please credit me or put up a link to my blog.

This number of New Musical Express also contains articles/interviews with these people: Elliot Cahn (Sha Na Na), John Cale, Nick Drake, Eric Clapton, Sly Stone, Bo Diddley, Supertramp, Chick Corea.

The original music paper this article came from (pictured at the top) is for sale!

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