run barely lasted a year, but proved significant in convincing founder-guitarist
to give his parent band one more shot. The initial impetus grew from
six-week support stint in the U.S. between February and April 1978.
reportedly found the exercise so dispiriting that he sold his guitar just minutes after the final gig in California.
to reconsider. To avoid the contractual and legal snares of using the
which formed during the summer of 1978. The lineup included former
Hoping for a Jefferson Airplane-
-style transition between the two names, the Hawklords
embarked on a 25-date autumn 1978 U.K. tour to push their 25 Years On
album and "Psi Power"/"Death Trap" single. The classic Hawkwind
sound still shone through the new material -- albeit with a rawer edge that also attracted younger, punk-era fans bemused by the band's reputation as unrepentant '60s-era holdovers. "Psi Power's" classic lyric about an unwilling recipient of extrasensory ability became the most enduring Hawklords
song, at least for a while (it opens the 1984 live album This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic
). But efforts to establish the new band grew complicated after the third reissue of Hawkwind's
classic space rock anthem "Silver Machine," which reached number 34 on the U.K. charts.
ever-fractious alliance didn't survive intact for long, either; in January 1979, Calvert
left to pursue his on-again, off-again solo career. Griffin
also departed, enabling Simon King
to retake the position that he'd held in both bands between 1975 and 1978.
Now pared down to a compact quartet, the Hawklords
suffered a further blow when Swindells
defected, too, leaving Brock
to carry the flag for a few more aimless months. Almost on cue, Charisma issued the PXR5
album in May 1979 -- which had been recorded by the last Hawkwind
lineup, but shelved due to the confusion surrounding the parent band's future.
The inevitable happened when Brock
reverted to using Hawkwind's
name by the summer of 1979, which only made sense -- since several of the same people had played in both bands, anyway. With King
back in the fold, guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton
keyboardist Tim Blake
joined the resurrected Hawkwind
in time for the year's first gig at Leeds' so-called Futurama Festival. Brief as it was, the Hawklords'
run became an exhibit of "business as usual" -- even if the principal players took an unusually circular route to get there.