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and Paul Rudolph (r.)
were, resp. ARE two
of the quintessential members of
THE FAIRIES [all b/w picss of the Fairies by Phil Franks, copyright included!] were one of the major band of the underground scene unfolding in London in the late 60's / early 70's. They developed out of the former band of another psychedelic celebrity: Mick Farren and The Deviants / The Social Deviants.
Twink's involvement with Calvert was only on a minor scale - he banged the 'Funeral Drum' on Catch a Falling Starfighter, the brilliant closing track of Calvert's first solo-album Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters.
But they met quite often before this occassion as The
Pink Fairies were also very closely related to HAWKWIND.
Twink often used to be Hawkwind's
stand-in drummer, when their own one, Terry Ollis,
was - yet again - too stoned to even sit on his stool...
was one of the main and most important collaborators of Robert
Calvert throughout most of the 70's.
Rudolph on the
Paul Rudolph was
also a mutual friend of Robert Calvert and BRIAN
ENO, who also played synths on Captain
"It was very
interesting working with Bob & Brian
Eno (on Lucky Leif and
the Longships) -- two very artistic people on the sound front.
We travel through the 30's in Chicago when prohibition was in place and
Volstead was the city mayor
-- through to moonshiners
brewing up illegal whiskey to the surfers on the west coast of California:
to one of the album's highlights: 'Barbara-Anne'
"A lot of the ideas Bob and I got together and then gelled things together in the studio with Eno. Once Bob started thinking of America a whole style opened up and we would just ride his thoughts. Really, i can say that it was one of the most spontaneous projects I've been involved with." ..(...get more memories of Paul)
Leif is certainly
one of the most creative and many-faced albums from that period - commercially,
however, the album failed.
Meanwhile things were going pretty well for HAWKWIND, but following an ill-fated tradition, their current US-tour was under a bad spell... - their current bass-player, the legendery Lemmy was busted at the Canadian border for having some quite harmless white powder in his pockets, that the officials mistook for cocaine.
In a not-too-nicely manner the rest of the band decided to finally sack their notorious speed-eating bassist and continue the tour with a friend of theirs who luckily had a valid working permit: PAUL RUDOLPH.
Shortly after HAWKWIND's return from this tour Calvert's and Rudolph's path's crossed again - as Calvert, after a guest appearence with Hawkwind at the Reading Festival, decided to rejoin the band.
With Calvert being back in the band Hawkwind's most creative and innovative period began.
And yet again it were Calvert and Rudolph who set one of the first landmarks for the new direction of the band's development when they wrote Back on the Streets, the new line-up's first single-release. The song introduced quite a dramatic change to the style and overall sound of one of the psychedelic bands: sharp rhythms, distinctive verse and chorus changes - in short: a definitive fore-runner of the New Wave sound and songstructure.
But the band at that point consisted of seven members - with everyone contriubting song-material, the following album Astounding Sounds; Amazing Music became quite a mixed assemblage of songs - in style and quality.
The strongest material was written by Calvert and Dave Brock - delievering a.o. the Hawkwind classic STEPPENWOLF. They soon developed into the main songwriting team and "captains of the motherboard...with some 'fatal' consequences for 3 (!) of the members.
find an extract from a HAWKWIND GIG REVIEW (at
Cardiff Castle, 1976).
"Three or four brandies later, Hawkwind take the stage. A soupcon of amphetamine from a passing hippie enables your loyal correspondent to remain vertical and pay strict attention.
This is what you might
call the new model Hawkwind, and one that I've never seen before. Lemmy
has of course gone and been replaced by ex-Pink Fairy
There's no doubt the new model is a good deal more sophisticated than any of the previous combinations. One of the band's major advantages was always its unstoppable rhythm unit. Now, with drummers Simon King and Allan Powell, plus Paul Rudolph on bass, it is, to use a well worked cliche, shit hot. (...)
One of the high
spots of the set comes when House takes over the bass, and Rudolph
actually plays some guitar. There have been times when I've heard
Paul Rudolph stretch out and demonstrate, beyond
a shadow of a doubt, the he is one of the best guitar players in the Hendrix
tradition that we have around today. Unfortunately that's when he stretches
Visually Hawkwind are
still the mutations you know and love:
So, under Calvert's
direction, the shows became a
major rock-theatrical event and the band was - at least live
- in better shape than ever.
Despite these highlights and the success of the tour, Brock and Calvert agreed on a 'stalinistic purge' to get the band on their musical course. Successively Nik Turner Allan Powell (the 2nd drummer) and Paul Rudolph were shown the door.
Powell and Rudolph then formed the short lived band Kicks - after that...sorry, I lost track of his musical activities .... until recently!
One sunny day a few
months ago I found an e-mail of Mr. Rudolph
in the virtual postbox. Not only he has his own FRASER
SOUND HOMEPAGE running - he also catched up again with his old
I strongly recommend you go there now, to read the entire memories of
PAUL FRASER RUDOLPH on his work with Bob Calvert.
Phil, being the generous guy that he is, supplied me with these two exclusive Pink Fairies pics that you can see here - see many others like 'em in full, uncompressed beauty on Phil's evergrowing site - (and do MIND THE COPYRIGHT!).
And do not miss his hilarious memories of his times spent with the legendary Pink Fairies
Just appeared on the web and hosted by Paul Rudolph himself - this is also the place where you can directly order the new PINK FAIRIES records - OR write to:
TWINK RECORDS, 17 Gladstone Road, Essex CO1 2EA, UK