Published on August 15th, 2013 | by Brent Chittenden3
Everything is Connected 14 August 2013
Welcome to Everything is Connected where we aren’t sleeping til Hammersmith, Brooklyn or Melnibone until we connect all the musical dots to all of the pop culture lines. This week we start with the man of hard rock and end up somewhere a little different.
Lemmy Kilmister is probably best known for fronting Motorhead and for very good reason. They are probably one of the most influential hard rock bands ever but before there was Motorhead, Lemmy was in a band called Hawkwind.
Hawkwind have been classified as “space rock” a mix of acid rock and hard rock. It was pretty interesting stuff a lot of it was a head of it’s time. Much like the author who gave them their name.
Michael Moorcock is one of the best science fiction and fantasy writers to come out England. His work was grittier then Tolkien’s for instance and his gone on to influence a ton of writers like Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore. Hawkwind took their name from one of his characters which lead to Moorcock collaborating with the band on a few songs. And they weren’t the only ones.
Blue Oyster Cult worked with Moorcock on three different tracks including a song called Black Blade. The band is often considered a missing link of sorts between heavy metal and hard rock as many of their songs can easily fit in both categories. Take the song Godzilla for instance. AA ton of metal bands have covered it but so has The Smashing Pumpkins.
The Smashing Pumpkins, no matter what you might think of them, were a band that always paid tribute to the bands that influenced them. Their sets usually had one or two covers like Godzilla or Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide.
This week’s chain of connections goes:
Lemmy – Hawkwind – Moorcock – Blue Oyster Cult – Smashing Pumpkins
Do you have a chain of connections you’d like to share? Please feel free to post it in the comment section and we’ll share it next week!