Song Lyric Sunday: Space – ‘Master Of The Universe’

Back in the late sixties there were lots of space-rock bands in the UK, most of them now mercifully all but forgotten. For me, though, there were two stand-outs: Pink Floyd, of course, but also Hawkwind. As pretty well everybody surely knows, Floyd developed away from their original hard(ish) rock roots to their characteristic expansive,…

My Music Lexicon: H is for Hendrix (and Hawkwind)

Absolutely no problem at all finding something for H in my music lexicon: the incomparable Jimi. Anyone even half-seriously interested in rock music could almost have been forgiven for becoming blasé about guitarists before Jimi came along, breaking through in the UK before his native USA really caught on to him. By late 1966 there…

Silver Dream Machine: Dawn Chorus 3

“Earworm: What song is stuck in your head..these days? Why does it speak to you?” The latest instalment of ‘365 Days of Writing Prompts’ provides a handy excuse for another in my occasional ‘Dawn Chorus’ posts. This is turning out to be a rather eclectic series, because following on from the improbable ‘Lambeth Walk’ and…