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Hawkwind
United Kingdom

Years: 1969 - present
Styles: Art Rock, Classic Rock, Experimental Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Progressive Rock, Proto punk, Psychedelic Rock, Space Rock

Founder

Dave Brock - 12 string acoustic guitar, 12 string guitar, Acoustic guitar , Audio Generator, Drums, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Lead guitar, Lead vocal, Organ, Percussion, Synthesizer, Vocals
Mick Slattery - Guitar (in band: 1969)
John Harrison - Bass Guitar (in band: 1969 - 1970)
Dik Mik - Audio Generator, Keyboards, Synthesizer (in band: 1969 - 1971; 1971 - 1973)
Terry Ollis - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1969 - 1972)
Nik Turner - Alto saxophone, Audio Generator, Flute, Oboe, Percussion, Saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Tenor saxophone, Vocals (in band: 1969 - 1976; 1982 - 1984)

Members

Huw Lloyd-Langton - Guitar, Lead guitar, Vocals (in band: 1969 - 1971; 1979 - 1988)
Thomas Crimble - Bass Guitar (in band: 1970 - 1971)
Dave Anderson - Acoustic guitar , Bass Guitar, Guitar (in band: 1971 - 1972)
Del Dettmar - Kalimba, Keyboards, Synthesizer (in band: 1971 - 1974)
Robert Calvert - Acoustic guitar , Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1972 - 1973; 1975 - 1979)
Lemmy Kilmister - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1972 - 1975)
Simon King - Congas, Drums, Percussion (in band: 1972 - 1979; 1979 - 1980)
Simon House - Keyboards, Mellotron, Moog synthesizer, Piano, Sitar, Synthesizer, VC3 Synthesizer, Violin (in band: 1973 - 1978; 1989 - 1991)
Alan Powell - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1974 - 1976)
Paul Rudolph - Bass Guitar, Guitar (in band: 1975 - 1977)
Michael Moorcock - Vocals (in band: 1975; 1981)
Adrian Shaw - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1977 - 1978)
Paul Hayles - Keyboards, Synthesizer (in band: 1978)
Steve Swindells - Keyboards, Synthesizer (in band: 1978 - 1979)
Harvey Bainbridge - Backing vocals, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals (in band: 1978 - 1979; 1979 - 1991)
Martin Griffin - Drums (in band: 1978 - 1979; 1981 - 1983)
Tim Blake - Keyboards, Synthesizer, Theremin, Vocals (in band: 1979 – 1980; 2000 - 2002; 2008 – present)
Ginger Baker - Drums (in band: 1980 - 1981)
Keith Hale - Keyboards, Synthesizer (in band: 1980 - 1981)
Andy Anderson - Drums (in band: 1983)
Robert Heaton - Drums (in band: 1983)
Rik Martinez - Drums (in band: 1983)
Dead Fred - Keyboards, Violin (in band: 1983 - 1984; 2012 – present)
Clive Deamer - Drums (in band: 1983 - 1985)
Alan Davey - Backing vocals, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals (in band: 1984 - 1996; 2000 - 2007)
Danny Thompson Jr - Drums, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1985- 1988)
Richard Chadwick - Drums, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1988 – present)
Bridget Wishart - Vocals (in band: 1990 - 1991)
Ron Tree - Audio Generator, Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1995 - 2001)
Jerry Richards - Guitar, Keyboards (in band: 1996 - 2001)
Captain Rizz - Vocals (in band: 1997 - 2000)
Jez Huggett - Flute, Saxophone (in band: 2000 - 2001; 2005 - 2007)
Arthur Brown - Vocals (in band: 2001 - 2003)
Jason Stuart - Keyboards, Synthesizer (in band: 2005 - 2008)
Mr Dibs - Bass Guitar, Cello, Guitar, Vocals (in band: 2007 – present)
Niall Hone - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals (in band: 2008 – present)
Jon Sevink - Violin (in band: 2009)

Biography

RockBoar.com Picture     Dave Brock and Mick Slattery had been in the London-based psychedelic band Famous Cure, and a meeting with bassist John Harrison revealed a mutual interest in electronic music which led the trio to embark upon a new musical venture together. Seventeen-year-old drummer Terry Ollis replied to an advert in a music weekly, while Nik Turner and Michael 'Dik Mik' Davies, old acquaintances of Brock, offered help with transport and gear, but were soon pulled into the band.

    Pretty Things guitarist Dick Taylor was brought in to produce the 1970 debut album "Hawkwind". Although it was not a commercial success, it did bring them to the attention of the UK underground scene finding them playing free concerts, benefit gigs, and festivals. Their use of drugs, however, led to the departure of Harrison, who did not imbibe, to be replaced briefly by Thomas Crimble.

     Their follow up album, 1971's "In Search of Space", brought greater commercial success, and also saw the band's image and philosophy take shape, courtesy of graphic artist Barney Bubbles and underground press writer Robert Calvert, as depicted in the accompanying Hawklog booklet which would further be developed into the "Space Ritual" stage show.

     The addition of bassist Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister and drummer Simon King propelled the band to greater heights. A live album of the concert Greasy Truckers Party was released, and after re-recording the vocal, a single "Silver Machine" was also released, reaching number 3 in the UK charts. This generated sufficient funds for the subsequent album "Doremi Fasol Latido" Space Ritual tour.

     Dik Mik departed during 1973 and Calvert ended his association with the band to concentrate on solo projects. Dettmar also indicated that he was to leave the band, so Simon House was recruited as keyboardist and violinist playing live shows, a North America tour and recording the 1974 album "Hall of the Mountain Grill". Dettmar left after a European tour and emigrated to Canada, whilst Alan Powell deputised for an incapacitated King on that European tour, but remained giving the band two drummers.

     At the beginning of 1975, the Hawkwind recorded the album "Warrior on the Edge of Time" in collaboration with Michael Moorcock. However, during a North America tour in May, Lemmy was caught in possession of amphetamine crossing the border from the USA into Canada. The border police mistook the powder for cocaine and he was jailed, forcing the band to cancel some shows. Fed up with his erratic behaviour, the band fired the bass player replacing him with their long-standing friend and former Pink Fairies guitarist Paul Rudolph. Lemmy then teamed up with another Pink Fairies guitarist, Larry Wallis, to form Motörhead, named after the last song he had written for Hawkwind.

     1976's "Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music" is the first album of this era and highlights both Calvert's well-crafted lyrics written with stage performance in mind and a greater proficiency and scope in the music. But on the eve of recording the follow-up "Back on the Streets" single, Turner was sacked for his erratic live playing and Powell was deemed surplus to requirements. After a tour to promote the single and during rehearsals for the next album, Rudolph was also sacked for allegedly trying to steer the band into a musical direction at odds with Calvert and Brock's vision.

     Adrian "Ade" Shaw, who as bass player for Magic Muscle had supported Hawkwind on the Space Ritual tour, came in for the 1977 album "Quark, Strangeness and Charm". The band continued to enjoy moderate commercial success, but Calvert's mental illness often caused problems. A manic phase saw the band abandon a European tour in France, while a depression phase during a 1978 North American tour convinced Brock to disband the group. In between these two tours, the band had recorded the album "PXR5" in January 1978, but its release was delayed until 1979.

     In late 1979, Hawkwind reformed with Brock, Bainbridge and King being joined by Huw Lloyd-Langton (who had played on the debut album) and Tim Blake (formerly of Gong), embarking upon a UK tour despite not having a record deal or any product to promote. Some shows were recorded and a deal was made with Bronze Records, resulting in the "Live Seventy Nine" album, quickly followed by the studio album "Levitation". However, during the recording of "Levitation" King quit and Ginger Baker was drafted in for the sessions, but he chose to stay with the band for the tour, during which Tim Blake left to be replaced by Keith Hale.

     In 1981 Baker and Hale left after their insistence that Bainbridge should be sacked was ignored, and Brock and Bainbridge elected to handle synthesizers and sequencers themselves, with drummer Griffin from the Hawklords rejoining. Three albums, which again saw Michael Moorcock contributing lyrics and vocals, were recorded for RCA/Active: "Sonic Attack", the electronic "Church of Hawkwind" and "Choose Your Masques".

     Hawkwind's association with Moorcock climaxed in their most ambitious project, "The Chronicle of the Black Sword", based loosely around the Elric series of books and theatrically staged with Tony Crerar as the central character. Moorcock contributed lyrics, but only performed some spoken pieces on some live dates.

    In 1991 Bainbridge, House and Wishart departed and the band continued as a three piece relying heavily on synthesizers and sequencers to create a wall-of-sound. The 1992 album "Electric Tepee" combined hard rock and light ambient pieces, while "It is the Business of the Future to be Dangerous" is almost devoid of the rock leanings. "The Business Trip" is a record of the previous album's tour, but rockier as would be expected from a live outing. The "White Zone" album was released under the alias Psychedelic Warriors to distance itself entirely from the rock expectancy of Hawkwind.

    A general criticism of techno music at that time was its facelessness and lack of personality, which the band were coming to feel also plagued them. Ron Tree had known the band on the festival circuit and offered his services as a frontman, and the band duly employed him for the album "Alien 4" and its accompanying tour which resulted in the album "Love in Space" and video "Love in Space".

     In 1996, unhappy with the musical direction of the band, bassist Davey left, His bass playing role was reluctantly picked up by singer Tree and the band were joined full-time by lead guitarist Jerry Richards for the albums "Distant Horizons" and "In Your Area". Rasta chanter Captain Rizz also joined the band for guest spots during live shows.

    In 2005 the long anticipated new album "Take Me to Your Leader" was released. Recorded by the core band of Brock/Davey/Chadwick, contributors included new keyboardist Jason Stuart, Arthur Brown, tabloid writer and TV personality Matthew Wright, Simon House and Jez Huggett. This was followed in 2006 by the CD/DVD "Take Me to Your Future".

    December 2006 saw the official departure of Alan Davey, who left to perform and record with two new bands: Gunslinger and Thunor. He was replaced by Mr Dibs, a long-standing member of the road crew. The band performed at their annual Hawkfest festival and headlined the US festival Nearfest.  At the end of 2007, Tim Blake once again joined the band filling the lead role playing keyboards and theremin. The band played 5 Christmas dates, the London show being released as an audio CD and video DVD under the title "Knights of Space".

    On 21 June 2010, Hawkwind released a studio album entitled "Blood of the Earth" on Eastworld Records. During and since the "Blood of the Earth" support tours, Hone's primary on-stage responsibility shifted to bass, while Mr. Dibs moved to a more traditional lead singer/front man role.

    April 2012 saw the release of a new album, "Onward", again on Eastworld.


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Albums

Hawkwind (Aug 14, 1970)
In Search of Space (Oct 8, 1971)
Doremi Fasol Latido (Nov 24, 1972)
Hall of the Mountain Grill (Sep 6, 1974)
Warrior on the Edge of Time (May 9, 1975)
Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music (Aug 27, 1976)
Quark, Strangeness and Charm (Jul 17, 1977)
PXR5 (Jun 15, 1979)
Levitation (Oct 27, 1980)
Sonic Attack (Oct 18, 1981)
Church of Hawkwind (May 14, 1982)
Choose Your Masques (Oct 29, 1982)
The Chronicle of the Black Sword (Nov 11, 1985)
The Xenon Codex (Apr 25, 1988)
Space Bandits (Sep 24, 1990)
Electric Tepee (May 11, 1992)
It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous (Oct 23, 1993)
Alien 4 (Oct 30, 1995)
Distant Horizons (Nov 3, 1997)
In Your Area (Jan 5, 1999)
Spacebrock (Oct 21, 2000)
Take Me to Your Leader (Sep 12, 2005)
Take Me to Your Future (Sep 4, 2006)
Blood of the Earth (Jun 21, 2010)
Onward (Apr 13, 2012)
Spacehawks (Oct 28, 2013)

Singles & EPs

Hurry On Sundown (1969)
Hurry On Sundown / Mirror Of Illusion (Jul 31, 1970)
Silver Machine (Jun 9, 1972)
Urban Guerrilla (Jun 22, 1973)
Hurry On Sundown (Nov, 1973)
The Psychedelic Warlords (Aug 2, 1974)
Kings Of Speed (Mar 14, 1975)
Kerb Crawler (Jul 16, 1976)
Back On The Streets (Jan, 1977)
Quark, Strangeness And Charm (Jul, 1977)
Shot Down In The Night (Jun, 1980)
Who's Gonna Win The War? (Nov, 1980)
Motorhead (Jul, 1981)
Angels Of Death (Oct, 1981)
Silver Machine (Aug, 1982)
Motorway City (Oct, 1983)
Night Of The Hawks (Mar, 1984)
Needle Gun (Oct, 1985)
Zarozinia (Apr, 1986)
Silver Machine (Jul, 1986)
Motorhead (Aug, 1986)
Silver Machine (1991)
Kings Of Speed (Apr 20, 2013)
Urban Guerilla (Apr 20, 2013)

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