They say that those who don't know their history, are doomed to repeat it. So, today, we plan to save a few souls by telling you all about a great and much liked chapter of Flicknife's History.
In the early 80's we released the first album of what would grow to be an ongoing and much loved musical omnibus: 'Hawkwind, Friends & Relations' known to those in the know, or those that wish to pretend to such, as HFAR. The idea was simple: release an album with a couple of tracks from Hawkwind, mostly archive stuff or out of stock singles, and then add in a nice mix of bands and artists that were in some way connected to the band, or extended Hawkwind Family. By doing this, our hope was that the new bands could profit a bit, via connection to the Hawkwind name, and Hawkfans would get some tracks from their favourite band that they might not already own and discover new ones from like-minded bands.. Everybody was happy!
It was always intended to be a trilogy: Volume 2's sleeve artwork was found via a competition and by Volume 3, Dave Brock was onboard and supplied the artwork. In the end, there were seven HFAR albums released, all compiled by Frenchy himself. The last release, due to some cracks in the fanbase, was rebranded as 'Hawklords, Friends & Relations: A New Dawn – 30th Anniversary volume'. This is still HFAR technically, as Hawkwind had used the name "Hawklords" during a brief period, in the mid/late 70s. Volume 1 came out in March, 1982, and this last volume was released in 2012, a full three decades later, hence the snappy title.
Now, I don't know about you, but I think such a storied collection deserves a Spotify playlist, don't you?
So here it is, in all its Hawky Glory on Spotify
We'll continue to add to this playlist, as time goes by. Feel free to make additions of your own, as well, as long as they're Spacerock and preferably have some connection to the Hawk Family!
And now, a nice bit of news and not Hawk related! We'll shortly be releasing a new single, by JJ McCabe. Arriving in mid-September, it's a new version of 'Carry On' that first appeared on his album 'Presenting...' and a new track, titled 'Higher'. In my humble opinion, this is the best JJ has done so far, because it's truly him. No exec is bugging him to change his sound and the only production work was done by none other than the Flicklord himself, Frenchy (which goes to show, ANYONE can do it). So the sound and vision stay true to what JJ wanted. In the meantime, if you missed it first time around, why not pick up 'Presenting…' here.
And while you're there, don't forget to have a little poke around, and see what else takes your fancy. There's some gold in them there hills!
But anyway, that's enough from me! Hope you enjoyed this little history lesson, and the attached Playlist! Keep rocking out, Space Adventurers.
Catch you on the flipside.
Taheg Gloder and the Flicknife Kru.
So, apparently there’s some site called Spotify, where you can stream music. Fun idea, right? Well, we thought we’d jump on this idea while it was still new and fresh. So, only a brief 10 years after it opened, we’ve made a few Playlists to share with you, our favourite fans!
Want to know what's better than finding a new track, that you really love?
Finding a hidden gem, that you nearly missed!
In the name of digging up some hidden gems, we decided to highlight a few of our releases that flew under the radar a little. All critical successes, but didn't find the traction we felt they deserved.
Shining light into the dark corners of the Flicknife Vaults, here's a selection of absolute crackers that you probably don't have in your music collection... but you really should!
Lastwind 'Return Of A Sonic Assassin' Paul Hayles (ex- Hawkwind/Sonic Assassins) new combo Lastwind's first CD was well received by the press: 'What an album! From the moment the first track settles in its trance ambient groove, you know things bode well' - Rich Deakin, Shindig! But it never really found its niche in the markets. Which is a real shame, because it's a solid album, probably one of the best we've ever done! It's an album which ticks every box for a Space Rock fan, while challenging the genre and bringing its own fresh style. And if you enjoy this, ya know... they've got a new album out soon. Check out Return Of A Sonic Assassin here.
Got some great stuff for you today: Three new releases, and a freakin book!
First up, We have Lastwind and their new album 'High On Life' (SHARPCD19108). Lastwind are the new outfit from former Hawkwind member Paul Hayes, so you know these guys are the real deal! And if it’s a history lesson you’re after, why not check out Paul’s new book? "Sonic Assassin - a life". And before you ask, no! This is not a book about Paul’s journey to murder a fast blue hedgehog. It’s a gritty, all access, no holds barred tale of Paul’s time in Hawkwind, and so much more. But don’t take our word for it, why not check out the official blurb: 'Paul Hayles biography is a fast moving story deeply embedded in the music and entertainment business. With some very famous friends, bands and tours, Paul takes us through what it was like working with the greats and living to tell the tale. Paul never wanted to be in a cult rock band like Hawkwind and yet there he was, setting out on a journey that would take him away from his young family and make his wildest dreams come true. Paul knew Lemmy Kilmister from way back: both had auditioned for the same band before Hawkwind came together...'
It’s that time of year again when we all gather together with our families to cower inside, terrified of the all-seeing, all-knowing eye of the Crimson One, K’rizz Kringgl, better known as Satan Claus. But as you huddle together for safety, take a moment to gaze back with us, at the year we survived and think of the events that made it so memorable...
There were many good times!
Wills and the Willing released the excellent 'Villa' which made it to #14 on the Music Week Commercial Pop Charts. A well-earned ranking for a great track! Check their new track 'Mercy's Door' with Moya Brennan, the voice of Clannad.
Check it on Amazon or iTunes.
You’ll notice this blog is a little late (it’s actually so late for September, it’s basically early for October), there are two main reasons for this.
This month, we figured we'd embrace one of the necessary evils of modern business. That's right, I'm talking about the dreaded "Social Media" *ominous thunder*.
Social media, in theory, is a BRILLIANT tool for small companies and artists from all over the world to connect, share their resources and bring their music to the world. I'm sure we all have stories of bands and labels that have met over Facebook or Twitter, and gone on to dominate the world. Even *shudder* Justin Boober, or whatever he's called, got his start on YouTube. In Theory, Social media is a wonderful way for people in countries all over the world to reach out and tell artists they've never met how much they LOVE their music. In practice though, it's more often used by people all over the world to call each other names and troll.
But you miss 100% of the chances you don't take. So OF COURSE Flicknife are all over social media, and I figured I'd take this opportunity to catch you guys up, on our plethora of platforms, so you can stay up to date with all our news and other nonsense!
Guess who's back, back again? Flicknife's back, buy our tracks! Yup, we're back this month with a couple of instant classics, that are just begging to grace your earholes with our signature style. So why not have a glance at these new offerings, and see which ones you want?
it's both of them.
You want both of them...
Here at Flicknife Records, we've always embraced new technology, especially once it's been around a while and we're sure it's not going to implode! As such, a while back we created a YouTube channel, to showcase our excellent bands and the legendary tracks they produce.
We then totally forgot to put any songs on, because while we DO embrace emergent technology we also tend to get distracted by shiny things... oooh, shiny shiny!
But all that has changed now, and we will be updating the channel regularly with a selection of our finest tracks for your listening pleasure, feel free to subscribe!
While we're on the subject of digital music, don't forget our digital releases! It's the quickest (and easiest) way to get the tracks from OUR bands to YOUR ears!
Welcome back from the festive season. Hope the hangovers have worn off by now and your 2018 is going well. We've not been slacking here at the Flicknife Lair and BOY, do we have some amazing releases coming soon for you!