Hawkwind were one of the first space rock bands, formed in 1969 and still going strong today. Started out as Group X, later Hawkwind Zoo, before recording under their current name; also known as Hawklords for a brief period in the late 1970s.While their style is at heart a combination of Psychedelic Rock and Progressive Rock with bits of electronic music via Krautrock, they have also been referred to as "proto-punk" because of their occasional Three Chords and the Truth moment and aggressive performances.But you probably know them as "that band Lemmy was in before forming Motorhead".They've had an insane amount of members over the course of their career. Former band member Del Dettmar estimated that by 1994, there had been some thirty-five people who at one point or another had been official members of Hawkwind. Taken from the band's unnofficial history, there are in fact more. Perm any thirty-five you like from:
Andy Anderson, drums;
Dave Anderson, bass;
Harvey Bainbridge, bass, later keyboards and synths.
Ginger Baker, drums. Formerly with supergroup Cream and something of a coup for Hawkwind, he lasted for one tour and two LP's. Allegedly his vast ego was hard to contain, he still wanted supergroup pay and perks, and saw Hawkwind as his band rather than himself as Hawkwind's drummer. Clashed with the autocratic Brock and walked out/was sacked. Allegedly.
Dead End Job: being Hawkwind's drummer. No less than fourteen drummers have taken the stage with Hawkwind over the years.
Drugs Are Good: Most of their output. "Motorhead" is about doing speed. Famously, its author and lead singer Lemmy Kilminster was later thrown out of the band for doing too much of it and took the song with him. "Hashcake 77" is an instrumental which manages to convey the way it feels when doing dope. You can feel righteously stoned just listening to it.
Dungeon Masters Girlfriend: Kris Tait, aka Mrs Dave Brock. Allegedly the Yoko Ono of the group, who alienated long-standing members with her ideas for how the band should develop and change.
New Wave Science Fiction: They were strongly influenced by the experimental New Wave...in SF! Moorcock, in his career as a writer and editor was one of the leaders of the New Wave movement.
Putting the Band Back Together: the ill-fated disaster that was the Hawkestra. Getting every ex-member of the band back on stage with the current line-up for a series of gigs was an inspired idea - on paper. It was never repeated.