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  • Nik Turner's Inner City Unit

    Mike (or any-one else), did you ever hear (or indeed work with) Inner City Unit? I know Nik and Fred were back and forward between Hawkwind and ICU from the time they started until they petered out.
    'Hurricane Fighter Plane' sounds as though it belongs to the Entropy Tango set, quite Deep Fixish.

    (If anyone is interested in the link to ICU songs just drop me an email. I'm not sure how Berry feels about these sort of links, they're a bit different to image files.)
    You see, it's... it's no good, Montag. We've all got to be alike. The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal.

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    What a band, eh? All their stuff's online as they got ripped off by some bastard record company. You only need to google for it. I'm not aware of any direct Moorcock connection, but he might surprise us. Bur do you know if "The Imperial Pompadours" is downloadable anywhere?

    I'm off to see 'Space Ritual' tomorrow night in cider-drenched Bristol!
    \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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    • #3
      I like links.

      No links to hate or porn should be made.
      The cat spread its wings and flew high into the air, hovering to keep pace with them as they moved cautiously toward the city. Then, as they climbed over the rubble of what had once been a gateway and began to make their way through piles of weed-grown masonry, the cat flew to the squat building with the yellow dome upon its roof. It flew twice around the dome and then came back to settle on Jhary's shoulder. - The King of the Swords

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      • #4
        Oh well, here goes then: http://www.doremi.co.uk/icu/ :D
        \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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        • #5
          Oh, Mikey you stole my thunder! (Adopts Terry-Thomas voice - 'What an absolute cad!')

          Don't know about 'The Imperial Pompadours.' I found out about ICU from a friend who did a tape for me in the '80's. Finding this site was serendipitous, I was looking for stuff on Robert Calvert. I haven't listened to the live concerts yet.
          Have you heard 'The Box' by RC, Mikey? I came across some sound clips on the same search. Sounds excellent, paranoia embodied, and what an amazing narrators voice he had. I wonder if this available anywhere.
          You see, it's... it's no good, Montag. We've all got to be alike. The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Governor of Rowe Island
            Finding this site was serendipitous, I was looking for stuff on Robert Calvert. I haven't listened to the live concerts yet.
            The Hawkwind numbers don't come out too well, but the version of Test-tube Conceived is great. Plus Diamond Mine and Radio Egypt, two great tracks that never made it onto an album. The live Teen Ballad of Dino is much better than the studio version from Hype. :D

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            • #7
              I thought a lot of Bob's live stuff for Hype, even when we were rehearsing it in the studio, was better than the album. I suspect Bob got nervous and went for 'safe'. Unfortunately, he was already beginning to get a little 'high' (bipolar not drugs) towards the end of making that album. I was always, however, impressed by his professionalism and good working methods. That's why the combination of Calvert and Eno was so successful in my opinion.

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              • #8
                I've now listened to the RC & Maximum Effect gig and enjoyed it immensely. Does anyone know the story behind 'Teen Ballad for Dino'? I know Dino Valenti was a teen balladeer before he joined Quicksilver - could it be?.
                I'd like to hear a succinct description of the type of music that ICU play. It veers from punk to space rock touching all points between. 'Sid's Song' sounds like it's based on a traditional song and also like the stepping off point for The Levellers. 'Rajneesh' has to be one of my all time favourites.
                You see, it's... it's no good, Montag. We've all got to be alike. The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Governor of Rowe Island
                  I've now listened to the RC & Maximum Effect gig and enjoyed it immensely. Does anyone know the story behind 'Teen Ballad for Dino'? I know Dino Valenti was a teen balladeer before he joined Quicksilver - could it be?.
                  I'm not sure. The curiously-named Dino Ferrari (a more sexy Ford Prefect?) was a member of ICU, I think. Oddly enough, he contributes, along with Ron Tree (ex Hawkwind) to Steve "Peregrin" Took's (ex T-Rex) latest effort: http://www.stevetook.mercurymoon.co.uk/horns.html
                  Lots of Hawk-friend connections! :D

                  I'd like to hear a succinct description of the type of music that ICU play. It veers from punk to space rock touching all points between. 'Sid's Song' sounds like it's based on a traditional song and also like the stepping off point for The Levellers. 'Rajneesh' has to be one of my all time favourites.
                  I've heard "punkadelic", but I'm not really sure what that means ;)

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                  • #10
                    Punkadelic! Now why didn't that occur to me? It's a term I'm familiar with.
                    As a massive fan of punk and psychedelic music (I suspect because of the inventiveness of both), I think the ICU cover a lot of the bases touched by all the many varieties of both genres.
                    Above all that, it's good listening and damn good fun, too.
                    You see, it's... it's no good, Montag. We've all got to be alike. The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Governor of Rowe Island
                      Have you heard 'The Box' by RC, Mikey?
                      Never have - a link would be welcome.

                      Saw 'Space Ritual' in Bristol on Friday. Amazing gig! Nik was obviously having such fun. Which is what it's all about! I'm looking forward to the studio album with original material out later this year. :D
                      \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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                      • #12
                        Here you go, Mikey -

                        http://aural-innovations.com/robertc...box/thebox.htm

                        It links to a page which offers a few clips and the complete text. Well worth a listen, but a shame it's not the whole thing.
                        You see, it's... it's no good, Montag. We've all got to be alike. The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal.

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                        • #13
                          Hey Mikey, did you have a listen to 'The Box' yet?
                          You see, it's... it's no good, Montag. We've all got to be alike. The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal.

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                          • #14
                            Yeah, but try downloading from New Anatomy, and you find yet another (yawn) Hawkfamily feud! Ironic that Dave Anderson throws copyright threats around after what he's done to destroy their reputation with Yuri Gagarin, etc.

                            This is ZakT btw, logging in's a problem :oops:

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Governor of Rowe Island
                              Hey Mikey, did you have a listen to 'The Box' yet?
                              Yeah - pretty cool stuff - another manifestation of his offbeat genius! I've got to say I haven't heard the whole of 'The Box' yet, as I got distracted by the rest of the site, which is comprehensive and awesome. Two pages on MM as well! Thanks for steering me towards it. Will report back! :D
                              \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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