Published on August 15th, 2013 | by Brent Chittenden


Everything is Connected 14 August 2013

By Brent Chittenden

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!

About the Author

Brent Chittenden is a freelance writer with a gift for the geek. Currently a writer with A Journal Of Musical Things and a podcaster with True North Nerds, he’s also written for Comic Book Daily, Explore Music and a dozen other places.

Currently, he is the co-host of the True North Nerds podcast.
You can find out more at www.facebook.com/bcchittenden

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3 Responses to Everything is Connected 14 August 2013

  1. mike pearson says:

    The guy that I used to buy my bicycles from in Gibsons BC, Canada…is Paul Rudolph ( now retired ), the guy that replaced Lemmy in Hawkwind.
    Paul used to tell tales of swinging London, and I kind of half heartedly believed him.

    One night while watching the Lemmy doc on Netflix, he mentioned getting sacked and replaced by Paul….what a shock that was.
    Sorry Paul…shoulda known better

  2. mike pearson says:

    Deep Purple connections
    I'll try and be quick..
    Nick Simper survived a deadly car crash in 1966 to be a founding member of DP
    Jon Lord came in from a band called the Artwoods…oddly enough fronted by a guy named Art Wood.
    Art's brother is Ron Wood of the Stones
    The Artwoods actually had a member called "Keef"
    Back in the day Keef got a job with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes because some guy named Richard Starkey quit to go play with some punters called The Beatles
    Keef Harltley went on to form the Keef Hartley Band and were the 1st British band to play at Woodstock.

  3. mike pearson says:

    I'll try some more Deep Purple connections

    Reaching back….Warren Zevon wrote two songs for the Turtles.
    Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan quit the Turtles gig and joined the Frank Zappa band Mothers of Invention.
    Howard Kaylan penned a story about his 1967 London dinner with Jimi Hendrix and meeting a horrendous John Lennon
    We all know that the Zappa concert and ensuing inferno at Montreux, led to the song Smoke on the Water.
    It's a bit of a stretch, but you get Zevon, Zapping Turtles, a Hendrix experience, a snapping Walrus and smoke on some water

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