|> Roger Neville-Neil >|
|< Collaborations with Hawkwind and Far Flung|
> My collaborations with Hawkwind and
Farflung are direct results of my interest
in Calvert's lyrical style.
I had been writing letters commenting and making suggestions to Dave Brock for many years concerning Hawkwind's songs as well as continually obsessing an Bob's lyrics.
I had never seen a live Hawkwind show, didn't have any idea what they were like. lt was all just a big mental picture show in my own head with just the music and lyrics to go by... fuelled by telepresent deprivation.
So I finally decided I had
to see what lt was all about -
- Hawkwind live!
| After dedicating a vacation to the first half of the
1984 Hawkwind UK tour I just started writing lyrics. (If I could pin it
down specifically in time to when it was... ah, yeah... I was christened
over the head with a bottle-- while in the Navy, but I don't recommend
it! Very painful... and you go blank while you're talking sometimes...
forget what you were just doing and saying. Or come out of a peaceful
empty state of mind and find yourself driving to Los Angeles for no apparent
So I'd guess lt was sometime after this happening and hearing from Bob Calvert.)
Writing is sort of like therapy. Since I couldn't afford a psychiatrist
- I'd write to Bob. Describe what I was doing and odd thoughts I was
having. Wrote lyrics, sent some to Hawkwind.
I was told an interesting ANTI-DOTE, Bob showed up at one of
(the name of Calvert's
current back-up band at the time) flats and asked to see the
Xenon Codex Tour Book.
Several weeks after Bob's funeral, Jaime Cortinas (member of The Starfighters) asked me if I had any lyrics available that maybe The Starfighters could do. I knew that Bob had mentioned he wanted a sound for his band like a cross between Motörhead and Kraftwerk... so they collaborated on The Dealers of Death. A lyric I wrote prior to moving to England.
This was first played live at the Robert
Calvert Tribute Concert and occasionally at later Starfighters
While visiting Nik Turner on his 1994 USA tour, I was introduced to Tommy Grenas. We had same common interests and I talked with him about Bob, Hawkwind and some German bands Tommy is into. He's a very nice guy. Friendly, and really into Bob Calvert.
At the second Nik
Turner show I attended - Doug
Buckley (who wrote the lyrics for Hawkwind's "Out of the Shadows")
turned up, so I strolled over and said hello.
A few months later, Tommy sent me a demo tape af the first Farflung album and asked me what I thought of it. I loved it and played it constantly. Told him I thought it was a great album. Eventually he asked if I'd like to collaborate with Farflung - then I got excited! The end result being The Raven That Ate The Moon.
Delving into North American Indian mythology. Melissa Joseph (Calvert's Queen Elizabeth Hall photos) had introduced me to Haida art - and this Trickster figure appeals to me... so the college girlfriend inspires - GREATLY-- even in my haiku poetry!
Just recently Purple Pyramid Records via Cleopatra Records released So Many Minds, So Little Time which has the Raven track on it as well as the original poem I wrote that the song is based on. And of course you've either seen or heard that Farflung backed Nik Turner at the Strange Daze Festival '97 in the USA.
I tend to think of Farflung
as a Hawkwind spin-off
band or the second coming of Space Rock for the next Millennium. So
keep an eye an these guys... they'll take you places you haven't dreamed
Roger Neville-Neil - Oct. '97
- photo by R.N.N.
& Calvert taken by Melissa Joseph -