The Thatcher Crisis Years

1980s politics blog from TV historian Tony McMahon

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 albumĀ  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.

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