As ever, original space
rockers Hawkwind go where nobody has gone before, not because of any
particular enterprise, but perhaps because they don’t care if everybody else
just thinks they are off their collective rockers.
This is a science
fiction concept album in support of the oppressed people of the planet
earth. (Does this sound a little pretentious to you? Well it is, but I’m
sure that the boys have got their collective hearts in the right place).
The music starts off
with the arrival of the flying saucer to abduct our hero away, to find out
why the human race is so hell-bent on self destruction. This of course makes
for total confusion amongst the aliens, leading us into a wondrous journey
through the music of Hawkwind.
The earthling attempts
to return to earth without blowing everybody’s minds, and what a journey it
is. After the rejection of all things alien we are whisked into “Blue Skin”
territory where the multiple layers of vocals, synths, keyboards, and wave
sequencers, sooth our worried brows before being propelled forward for more
adventures, including the hilarity of a song called “Beam Me Up” (surely
self-explanatory), and a meeting with the urban space dustbin man Sputnik
Stan (well presumably it’s a job that somebody will have to do in the
future, good tips in space at Christmas I hope).
We’re finally bought
back to a festival where the first band on the stage are Hawkwind, so the
album finishes with the first 3 songs of Hawkwind’s live set from 1996,
leaving you with the final song “Are You Losing Your Mind”, which couldn’t
be more apt, and has brought you full circle.
Confused yet? You
should be and if you’re not you’ve obviously lost the plot and picked it up
at the wrong spot.
This was a magnificent
return to form by Hawkwind and is the first studio album to feature Ron Tree
on vocals and in true Hawkwind fashion he virtually takes over, dominating
most of the songs. He was fired by Captain Dave Brock the following year,
but such is the life of a Hawklord. Bring back Nik Turner I say.
If you want to go into
cosmic interstellar overdrive and you’re never sure whether to wag your tail
or nod your head, then this is the album for you.
Mott the Dog rating: 4
Dave Brock - guitar,
vocals, keyboards, synths, FX
Alan Davey - bass
guitar, vocals, synths, wave sequencing, FX
Richard Chadwick -
Ron Tree - vocals
Alein (I am)
Reject Your Human
Beam Me Up
Are You Losing Your