Culture Vulture...

StevePXR5 at AOL.COM StevePXR5 at AOL.COM
Fri Sep 9 02:26:32 EDT 2005


The flip side
One of the most fascinating  aspects of human nature is our unceasing desire
to be entertained. At work we  turn on the radio and sporadically enjoy some
sonic jewel. (Culture Vulture's  current guilty pleasure is the pop hit
"Breathe," by God-knows-who.) At home we  bask in the light of whichever television
program suits our fancy or lose  ourselves in the complexities of a good novel
or zone out to our favorite music.  When TV, books and home comforts don't
suffice we may while away an hour or two  puttering in the garden or walking the
dog before we toddle off to the local  pub, or head to the cinema, or take in
a play.
And, if we are Hawkwind fans, we wait eons for our favorite band to come out
with a new studio album. Which they are on the verge of doing. The
36-year-old  band that invented space rock--the psychedelic wedding of audio
oscillators,  proto-punk rhythm guitar bashing, and socially conscious, science-fiction
lyrics--will release Take Me to Your Leader on Sept. 13. A promo CD
consisting of snippets of several of the new songs interspersed with an  interview of
Hawkwind mastermind Dave Brock was recently shipped out to hardcore  Hawkfans
and Culture Vulture was privileged enough to receive one. Captain Brock  sounds
like a good-humored craftsman who appreciates the fans who have supported
his ongoing pursuit of a singular vision.
If you appreciate science-fiction, progressive social consciousness and the
electronic evolution of rock 'n' roll to check out Hawkwind. They ain't always
 pretty, but they're always worth hearing.

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