Tempting Fate / Music

  • Machinae Supremacy, Need For Steve, opening speech:
    We'll give you complete creative control.
  • Robert Calvert, late on/off vocalist/lyricist of Hawkwind, made his solo debut in 1974 with Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters. [1] The album is a satirical account of the 1961 West German Lockheed Bribery Scandal involving then-defence-minister Franz Josef Strauss (portrayed by a rabid Vivian Stanshall, of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band); pushing towards the brink of resurrecting German Air Superiority, Strauss is enticed by an offer of an American Con Artist, who sells the titular F-104 Starfighter Plane in bulk, as well as refitting them as the "F-104G" (for Germany, as Strauss energetically points out). The problem is that in Real Life, the F-104 was a fighter infamous for its safety record, quickly becoming known as Der Witwenmacher (The Widowmaker), with at least 30% of the planes having crashed. The real kicker comes with the titular Captain Lockheed, basically a drugged-up test pilot with Swaggering Bravado to Match. Once the press unravels the whole charade, Strauss and the entire defence board resign.