Dave Brock and Robert Calvert put the hawk-ship in the garage, working instead with local Devon group named Ark, Harvey Bainbridge, Martin Griffin, and Steve Swindells. No worries, Hawkwind in all but name.
Combining a driving rhythm, early electronics and sci-fi imagery, Hawkwind lay claim to being the ultimate space rock band. Coming from the underground scene in London's Ladbroke Grove, their success during the 70s - every album charted in the UK - was made the old fashioned way, through touring; if ever a band could lay the claim, Hawkwind were indeed a band for "the people". Despite constant lineup changes, their forte was live gigs (often playing for free), yet they managed a bonafide hit single with 1972's "Silver Machine", featuring future Motorhead Lemmy on vocals.