Before I alter course and depart the outer limits of planet Hawkwind's populous orbit, I thought I'd raise the memory of another eighties' space project: the accompanying piece to Inner City Unit's The President's Tapes: the 1985 e.p. Blood and Bone.
Made with much gusto and energy, this e.p. confirmed Nik Turner's affiliation to the post-punk sound, especially evident on the covers 'Brand New Cadillac' (a kind of thug-punk-jazz number) and 'Little Black Egg' (an acid-tinged piece of tomfoolery even more bizarre than the Nightingales' original nugget).
'Blood and Bone' and 'Paint Your Windows White' are fairly typical quality I.C.U. fare, but 'Hurricane Fighter Plane' could easily have been lifted from Bob Calvert's Captain Loockheed and the Starfighters - wrong side of course! - and if it wasn't written by Calvert (I am without info), it must have been inspired by him, what with its lust for flight and flying machines.
Calvert was active at this time and soon took a couple of Turner's I.C.U. cohorts back on the road, leaving Nik to return, once more, to the welcoming arms of Dr. Technical, allowing the good ship Hawkwind to get back on track and course and carry on with their [seemingly] never-ending trip.
If you like this, Nik's Punkadelic is available still; very reasonably priced
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Inner City Unit - Blood and Bone (1985)
Blood and Bone
Hurricane Fighter Plane
Brand New Cadillac
Paint Your Windows White
Little Black Egg
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