The late, the great Robert Calvert – formerly of Hawkwind and planet Earth – being interviewed here in 1982. I saw him do a solo gig around that time in a small theatre off St Martin’s Lane. He was playing the songs from a concept album he’d released called Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters.
One of his songs involved Calvert being dressed as a Viking in front of a pic of a longboat with a stars and stripes sail singing Bar-Bar-Barbarian to the tune of Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys. You had to be there. The cops raided the concert half way through to cart off a load of dope smokers – a typical occurrence of the time.
Calvert was lead sing of Hawkwind, a band that has defied age and fashion to keep going for decades.