AN ALIEN’S GUIDE TO HAWKWIND
A DVD/TV documentary treatment -
STARFIELD. MUSIC: ‘BLUE SHIFT’
CAPTION: IT IS THE BUSINESS OF THE FUTURE TO BE DANGEROUS
ALIEN SPACECRAFT ENTERS SHOT.
INT. ALIEN’S AT CONSOLE. ALARM SOUNDS. ALIEN SYMBOLS ARE PICTED ON VIEWER (translated as subtitles): Unidentified signal. Artificial. Origin unknown.
MUSIC: ‘SILVER MACHINE’ - THE ALIENS COCK THEIR HEADS, SEEMINGLY PERPLEXED BY THE SOUNDS.
ALIEN 1: (alien sounds translated as subtitles) Pict it.
WE ZOOM INTO ALIEN’S BLACK EYE, WHERE REFLECTIONS OF VIEWER SHOW HAWKWIND PERFORMING SILVER MACHINE (lyrics appear as subtitles – as though translated for the aliens).
I, I just took a ride
In a silver machine, and I’m still feeling mean
Do you want a ride, see yourself going by
The other side of the sky, I got a silver machine
It flies sideways through time
It’s an electric line to your zodiac sign
I got a silver machine
It flies out of a dream, it’s antiseptically clean
You gotta know where I’ve been
Do you alright to see yourself going by
The other side of the sky, I’m in a silver machine
I said I just took a ride in a silver machine
And I’m still feeling mean
I’ve got a silver machine
ALIEN 2: What is it?
ALIEN 1: Curious. Silver machine… sideways through time…
ALIEN 2: Light Speed
ALIEN 1: Lock on. Run it through the net.
ALIEN ACTIVATES VIEWER. CAPTIONS AND VO ANNOUNCE:
NET: Welcome to the Galactic Net. And may we take this opportunity to remind you your subscription is overdue. Interface available.
ALIEN 1: Identify signal.
VIEWER DISPLAYS MYRIAD IMAGES AND WAVEFORMS AS SEARCH MODE COMMENCES.
NET: Signal originates from outskirts of Galaxy 9. Planet Earth. Dominant life-forms are carbon based bi-pedals. Limited sensory capacity within narrow band of…
ALIEN 1: We know of this place. What is the silver machine?
NET: The silver machine is Hawkwind.
ALIEN 1: Define Hawkwind.
NET: Hawkwind is… a supernatural deity of native North American tribe. A fish and chip shop in Dagenham, Essex. A mythical spacecraft constructed by tribe of musicnauts.
ALIEN HIGHLIGHTS ENTRY 3.
ALIEN 1: Demonstrate.
HAWKLOG GRAPHICS APPEAR. MUSIC: ‘NIGHT OF THE HAWKS[REPLACE]’.
LOG MENU FEATURES POSSIBLE FOLLOWING ‘ENTRIES’:
‘ORIGINS - CREW - SIGHTINGS – PERFORMANCE CAPABILITIES – MISSION STATEMENT – DESTINATION – THE CULT OF THE HAWK’
ALIEN SELECTS ‘ORIGINS’
NET: Origins of Hawkwind somewhat confusing. Hawkwind somewhat confusing.
IMAGES OF INTERVIEWEES WITH ON-SCREEN INFO.
NET: Dave Brock. Status: Chief Musicnaut. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player. Hawknames: Baron Brock, Dr Technical.
INTERVIEWS POSSIBLY AGAINST BLUE-SCREEN.
DAVE BROCK relates origins of group formation against the background of the late 60’s hippie community in Ladbroke Grove. BROCK AND NIK TURNER - What were they trying to achieve?
(From sleeve notes of first album):
“levitating people’s minds in a nice way, without acid, with a complete audio – visual thing using a complex of electronics, lights and environmental experiences…”
POSS MUSIC EXCERPT FROM ‘LEVITATION’:
‘In the darkness I will shine, cast not shadows nor define
I walk on water, float on air, there is no other to compare
I have this fascination, no cause for deviation, its called Levitation.’
MUSIC: HURRY ON SUNDOWN (poss.’using rare 1970 Roundhouse footage):
‘Well hurry on sundown, see what tomorrow brings
Hurry on sundown see what tomorrow brings
Well it may bring war or any old thing
I’ll look into your minds eye and see what you can see
Theres hundreds of people like you and me
Oh hurry on sundown.’
JOHN PEEL WITH CAPTION: ‘EYEWITNESS TO EARLY SIGHTING’ Relates first impressions of band (the GROUP X) at first 10 minute gig at All-Saints Hall, Notting Hill.
ALIEN 2: Group X? Where did name Hawkwind come from? Responses from BROCK, NIK TURNER, DOUG SMITH (long time manager),
ALIEN 1: Yes but what about the craft?
NET: One of the earliest legends concerning the starship Hawkwind was contained within the recording IN SEARCH OF SPACE. The supplementary Hawklog suggests the craft was discovered by CAPTAIN R.N. CALVERT.
Brief comments on Bob Calvert (now deceased) from BROCK, TURNER, LEMMY, MIKE MOORCOCK, DOUG SMITH, JOHN PEEL.
Why did the band become seemingly obsessed with science fiction and cosmology?
Dave Brock relates meeting Bob Calvert (a science fiction poet who was writing for ‘underground’ publications such as Frendz) and his early influence on the band.
Calvert introduced band to Michael Moorcock’s novel THE BLACK CORRIDOR, a bleak story of one man’s delusions on board a spacecraft which contains the frozen bodies of his family and friends. This paranoiac novel was the inspiration for seminal albums DOREMI FASOL LATIDO and SPACE RITUAL.
MUSIC: ‘SPACE IS DEEP’
‘Space is deep and it’s so endless, when you’re lost its so relentless
It is so big, it is so small, why does man try to act so tall
Is this the reason deep in our minds
It does not feel it does not die, space is neither truth nor lies
Into the void we have to travel, to find the clue which will unravel
Is this the reason deep in our minds
The secrets lie with our tomorrow, in each of us is a hidden sorrow
The path does inward through the night, beyond the realms of ancient light
Is this the reason deep in our minds’
FANTASY FICTION AUTHOR MICHAEL MOORCOCK on encountering Hawkwind. “When I first saw them they seemed like barbarians who’d got hold of a load of electrical gear”
What was it about Hawkwind that so impressed the prolific fantasy author that he became an integral contributor? Moorcock’s first contribution was the narrated SONIC ATTACK first performed at a free gig under the M40 Westway flyover.
‘In case of sonic attack on your district, follow these rules
If you are making love it is imperative to bring all bodies to orgasm simultaneously
Do not waste time blocking your ears
Do not waste time seeking a sound-proof shelter
Try to get as far away from the sonic source as possible
Do not panic
Do not panic
In the case of sonic attack survival means
Every man for himself
Statistically more people survive if they think only of themselves
Do not attempt to rescue friends, relatives, loved ones
You have only a few seconds to escape
Use those seconds sensibly or you will inevitably die
Think only of yourself
Think only of yourself
Do not panic’
ALIEN 2: Are they dangerous?
ALINE 1: Are they for real?
NET: In human vernacular, Hawkwind are considered by some to be ‘spaced out’.
ALIEN 1: Spaced out?
NET: An abstract concept. During their formative period, numerous members of the ever-changing crew experimented with so-called mind-expanding hallucinogenic drugs.
ALIEN 1: Why?
NET: Don’t ask me
Anecdotes – numerous band members were frequently too stoned to play and had to be replaced by roadies, who sometimes joined the band on a permanent basis, leading to an extraordinarily fluid and chaotic line-up.
MUSIC: ‘NEEDLE GUN’
‘So you’re alive I thought you was done
I’m gonna bring you down with my needle gun
Feel my pin- prick tattoo your spine
Give it a minute your life’s entwined with mine
It’s gonna make you run
Needle needle, needle needle gun
Hear my laughter in your head
It’s a pity it’s a shame nothing’s been said
It’s a vaccination joy with the ultimate death toy
It’s gonna make you run
Needle needle evil needle gun’
The extra attention form the police led to many busts and the bands penchant for a wild array of benefit gigs (including one for LSD guru Timothy Leary) rapidly earned the band a reputation as potential subversives.
Anecdotes – concern by local councils of effects of lightshow on audiences – URBAN GUERRILLA single withdrawn when it coincided with IRA bomb attacks – PXR5 album cover showing an incorrectly wired house plug.
‘COURT CLEARED AT HIPPIE FLOWER POWER TRIAL
An ‘electronic beat group’ did not glorify drug taking or violence, a consultant psychologist said at the
The Case was held up for several minutes when a father collapsed in court after hearing his daughter confession of ‘intimate relationships’ at the Winterland Ballroom that night. A shocked Mr. Howe, prosecuting, said, “You are wicked people to come here and implant lustful and perverted desires to our children”.
A spokesman for the group, describing himself as a musician, wearing a multi-coloured jacket and shoulder-length hair replied “This is a ridiculous fantasy. It is a victimization of the worst sort. You are a sick person with a sick mind”. Judge Day-Lewis cleared the court after repeated laughter and interruptions from the public gallery. The case continues.’
ALIEN 1: Who was in control?
NET: Good question.
DOUG SMITH on the difficulties of managing Hawkwind – especially their anachronistic (for a rock band) disregard for commercial opportunities and penchant for free and benefit gigs.
DAVE BROCK AND OTHERS’ observations. What were they against? And what were they for?
MUSIC: ‘RIGHT TO DECIDE’
‘I’m a digital citizen all safe in my room
And I’ve got my video to relive the gloom
My mind’s on a circuit with the news on a screen
Life’s a no-go area it’s so obscene
You can’t do this
You can’t do that
You can’t go forward and you can’t go back
I’m a plugged in person I’m a TV fan
But there’s so many things I don’t understand
Why do you want to steal on TV it’s not real
It’s a viewing game’
ALIEN 1: This attitude is shared by all crew members?
ALIEN 2: Not necessarily. There have been many Hawklords.
NET SELECTS CREW ENTRY. MUSIC: ‘WARRIORS’. ALBUM COVER OF ‘WARRIOR ON THE EDGE OF TIME’. THE LONE HORSEMAN IS ANIMATED. HE TROTS TO THE EDGE OF THE PRECIPICE AS TRACK PLAYS, IMAGES OF EVERY BAND MEMBER ARE MIXED THROUGH. :
‘We are the warriors on the edge of time
We are humanity’s scythe, to sweep this way and that and cut the enemy down as reeds
We are the spade to dig up the roots wherever they have grown
We are humanity’s fire, to burn the waste to the finest ash
We are the wind, which will blow the ash away, thought it had never existed
We will destroy the enemy
But first we must know the enemy, and the enemies of the devils who hide in our minds
And make us less than happy
They make us less than happy
We are the warriors on the edge of time
The victims of the savage truth
We are the lost
We are the last
We are the undying
We are the warriors on the edge of time’
What effect did so many different musicians have on the bands musical development?
ALIEN 1: What happened to them?
ALIEN 2: Ejection?
NET: Emergency evacuation from craft in distress.
PERFORMANCE CAPABILITY ENTRY SELECTED. MUSIC: ‘COCKPIT CHECK/EJECTION’
‘Ground control: Ready for last minute cockpit check
GC: Largactil… five milligrams
GC: Valium… ten milligrams
GC: Heloperidol… five milligrams
GC: The little white ones… w w w for white
P: OK, check
GC: Phenobarbitone, five milligrams
GC: Disipel… five milligrams
GC: Glass of water
Together: Our father… which art in heaven… hallowed be… mea culpa, mean culpa, mea culpa…maxima
There’s only one course of action left for me to take
I’ve tried every switch selection that might control this state
I think for my protection I’d better make it straight
Better tell base
That I think it’s a case
Explode into space
Protect my face
ALIEN 1: Their ship has been in distress?
NET: No craft is infallible. It appears that during the time-frame of the late 1970’s, the ship was decommissioned.
BROCK and others on the period of hiatus which followed the release of ‘ASTOUNDING SOUNDS/AMAZING MUSIC’, and culminated with the short-lived period as the ‘HAWKLORDS’. What went wrong?
ALIEN 1: How has the ship survived?
NET: The Cult of the Hawk.
SELECT ENTRY THE CULT OF THE HAWK
Brock and others on Hawkwind fans. What kind of people are they?
ALAN DAVEY on how he joined the band – a former fan who bought a bass guitar just to learn Hawkwind songs – kept sending tapes to the band and was eventually invited to join for their last ever gig at Stonehenge in 1984.
BRIAN TAWN What do Hawkwind mean to their fans and how do they categorize/ sum up the appeal of their music?
MUSIC: ‘HASSAN I SABBAH’
‘Hashish hashin, hashish hashin
Black September, Black September
Death unto all infidels in oil
Guide us o thou genie of the smoke
Lead us to a thousand and one nights
In the perfumed garden of delights’
What do Hawkwind mean to Hawkwind?
ALIEN 1: Have they accomplished their mission?
‘Son of man thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house
Which has eyes to see and sees not…
And has ears to hear, and hears not…
Give up illusions about ideas of order,
Accepted nothing of inherited norm.
Spread joy and revolution.
It is the business of the future to be dangerous.’
MUSIC: ‘BORN TO GO’
‘We were born to go, we’re never turning back
We were born to go, and leave a burning track
We were born to go, and leave no star unturned
We were born to grow, we were born to learn
We’re breaking out of the shell, we’re breaking free
Turn electrical dreams into reality
We were born to blaze a new clear way through space
A way out of the maze, that held the human race
We were born to go as far as we can find
We were born to blow, blow the human mind’
Q. How have the ideals changed?
ALIEN 1:The ship then, it is not real?
NET:That depends upon your concept of reality. The ship is fuelled by mankind’s most powerful weapon.
ALIEN 2:Nuclear fission?
ALIEN 1: What is the weapon?
MUSIC: ‘ALIEN (I AM)’ OR ‘ABDUCTION’
ALIEN 1: They have dreamed of our kind?
NET: They are searching now.
ALIEN 1: What is their destination?
Interviewees on where next?
MUSIC: ‘WELCOME TO THE FUTURE’
NET: That concludes the Hawkwind log.
ALIEN 1: There is no more?
NET: There is always more.
ALIEN 1: Follow that ship.
ON THE VIEWER WE SEE A SILVER SPHERE WITH THE ‘DOREMI FASOL LATIDO LOGO’ AS ITS INSIGNIA. THE SPHERE BEGINS TO ACCELERATE INTO THE VOID, FORGING A PATH THROUGH COUNTLESS TRANSLUCENT ALBUM COVERS, WHICH HURTLE TOWARDS US LIKE STAR-GATES.
THE ALIEN SHIP FOLLOWS AND DISAPPEARS INTO INFINITY. CAPTION IS SUPERED ON THE STARFIELD:
IT IS THE BUSINESS OF THE FUTURE TO BE DANGEROUS.