Boy, when you talk
Bob Calvert you talk
genius on the edge - as frequently truly innovative creative people are.
Arthur Brown was on
the first Calvert solo project Captain
Lockheed - and a lot of other people: Keith Moon - Vivian
Stanshall - Me - Simon King... - and I can tell you that it was sometimes
controlled craziness that frequently developed a lot of the final sound.
used to work a lot with Bob at my place in London and get the basic
changes and arrangements to try to jive with his 2-string guitar
playing. Bob would spend a lot of time planning and rehearsing and
still always be open enough to ride the cosmic surf of the moment
and let his music have a certain feel and flow that was Bob.
was great to work with and loved stuff with a
good marching beat. We spent a fair bit of time pre-recording
(demos and what have you). We (Hawkwind)
had rented a small castle in Wales which had an attached barn which
we set up our equipment in. So, everything's set up and I hang a
microphone from the ceiling and plug it into my Revox tape recorder.
We go for dinner
and then the locals served up hot Psylicibin mushroom tea -- well
-- about an hour later things are getting pretty bloody cosmic and
we all ended up in the practice room jamming. Very spacey with Bob
& Nik Turner
doing chants and howls.
What a trip!!
It was very interesting working with Bob & Brian
Eno (on Lucky
Leif and the Longships) -- two very artistic people on the sound
front. (see below)
Leif and the Longships started with the idea of making a concept-type
album about vikings -- then bob decided to continue with the idea
that as the vikings discovered america they encountered different
american things, travelling around the country, exploring.
as bob's imagination ran wild --and thankfully it did-- we got some
twists going on at what point in time things were actually at!!
we travel through
the thirties 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
-- 'i guess you could call
us barbarians -- bar-bary-annes' -- fashioned after the beach
boys song "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.
it was cool with michael
moorcock playing banjo on some stuff.
really, i can say that it was one of the most spontaneous projects
i've been involved with and the picture of him on your spirit
of the page truly captures the spirit of the country gentleman
and the space pilots. one of his favourite costumes was the one
on your page with the flying
goggles, which were worn with leather
jodphurs and knee-high leather jack boots. thanks and keep up
the spirit" ----------------