Copernicus had those Renaissance ladies Crazy about his telescope.
Hawkwind does sci-fi pop. The title track, Quark, Strangeness and Charm is actually professor Brian Cox’s, the metrosexual Magnus Pike, favourite Hawkwind track. I actually just made that up, it is The Iron Dream.
Even though Nik Turnerless, it is still a good album, and quite commercial. My favourite track by far on this album is the wonderful multi-layered Hassan-i Sabbah. A political song of sorts about the Middle East through the eyes of Opium, I guess they just wanted to experiment with different hallucinogens.
Hidden gem; The forge of Vulcan
While sitting watching TV last night I heard again some inappropriate TV ad music, Hawkwind selling cars? What will those imaginative ad execs. think of next? Maybe they could use Crass’s How does it Feel to Be the Mother of A Thousand Dead to advertise HSBC, or Billy Bragg’s Ideology to advertise Geordie Shore. Anyway I dug this out after seeing the ad, my favourite 1970s space rockers.
Master of the Universe is great, whether accompanied by a man diving through car doors or not, I could see why they wanted to use it, with a bass riff that, well, I suppose comes from space. I often wonder how they were influenced to write about space, it is not like any of them ever worked for NASA.
Micro review; Krautrock from Surrey
Stand-out track; You Should’t Do That, 15 glories minutes aural head charge. I often wondered if surgeons listened to Hawkwind while they were working. Imagine coming round from the anaesthetic to hear the fade out of this, I would be deeply concerned.