There’s a time to live and a time to die, and as you get older, you realise if its your time – then its your time, and if its not – its not.
Of course you still don’t really know which is which, so this wisdom is pretty useless!
I’m hovering over buying this triple CD by Hawkwind, its not that cheap to buy, but I’ve been in the market for some more Hawkwind for quite a few years, and I think this one could be the answer.
So, you may be asking, who what why in the name of all thats unholly is Hawkwind? Well, they are of course a rock group, and will be in their 50th year in 2019 – wow! They didn’t really come onto my radar till 1986, when I went to the Reading Rock festival, specifically to see the Stranglers, but Hawkwind were headlining. This I felt was a bit of a crime, (I thought the Stranglers should have been top of the bill, after all, they had more hits, and were basically, better!) So anyhow, I watched the Stranglers, and it was really really something, the old numbers were hard rocking, and the newer ones came over very well within the set – I remember the moment they played “Always the Sun” the sun had just about set and the waves of Hugh’s guitar seemed to waft into my bonce causing something beautiful to occur.
After that, Hawkwind came on, suddenly the crowd trebled in size, there was dancing and merriment, but I found it all rather irritating! What was the point of all this? Brains which could be filled with richness were instead turning to mush! Oh, some of it was interesting, at one point I was going to leave, as I walked through the crowd, towards the back of the field and the numbers were finally thinning out, I thought, no, this is silly, watch some more – I did, and it did get better, but I still wondered how 30,000 people (or whatever it was) could be so wrong!
This is from the actual one I was at – it later came out as a record – this segment has some lovely riffing on it – I’m in that crowd, with “the hump” cos its not Stranglers 🙂
Well, years passed, I’d still got my Stranglers records, (I still have them now), so what of Hawkwind? Well, lets see now, I was 22 in 1986, and by I think 98’ I’d done my degree so I must have begun that in 94’ at which point I’d have been 30 – Quite a lot had happened in that space between 22 – 30, I’d had about another 6 or 8 jobs, lived in about 6 different places, and finally somehow become a bit of an unemployed hobo dropout.
Someone from the utube comments “If cannabis doesn’t cause brain damage, how come they all listen to Hawkwind?” Haha, I thought that was funny!
The 3CD collection I’m going for has Ginger Baker playing drums on it, oddly perhaps, I don’t really associate GB with drugs, tho his drug use has been historically prolific, his playing is actually something rather special. I would go so far as to say he was the best drummer they ever had, tho not necessarily the best for the band, I think he may well have injected something new into them! LOL (I don’t mean that the way it sounds) GB in a documentary said he took heroin in order to learn new ways of drumming – I don’t think I’d go that far to improve my art, not even when I was young and crazy!
This is Hawkwind with Ginger Baker on drums
Everyone has to die someday, we all know that right? I mean, if I was to go to a party, I’d make sure I didn’t die there, common sense right? But for some people, thats the last thing they worry about – life’s a lottery! Some would say you go through all your life and you never met Jesus? Well, why would I?
This song just popped into my mind! 😀