The subject of Hawkwind
generally has been covered in great detail elsewhere on
the web, especially their albums and more famous personnel (Dave Brock,
Lemmy, Nik Turner and of course Bob Calvert). One person who always seems to
get overlooked, and who's had more influence on Hawkwind and their sound than
anyone, apart from Mr.Brock himself, is Simon
King, their 'power drummer'. Here's a video clip of
Simon in action (1200k), in 1972.
It seems you either love or hate Simon King's drumming
style. Music critics generally hate it as too loud, too flat or too boring.
Others like me are excited by it like no other drummer before or since. The
combination of fast (up to 250bpm in places!), rhythmic and yet organically
sensitive drumming with long fills and rolls that span the kit and finish back
on the beat is something that set up Hawkwind up throughout the 1970s.
Simon-specific pages here:
Simon King's career, with MP3
Accolades from others in the
The Hound Master legend