For over 40 years, while personnel and music styles and labels have changed repeatedly, Hawkwind has continued to perform and make albums — 27 studio albums and 10 live. Many make the UK top-50.
It’s been two years since their outstanding appearance at Woodstock, and famed producer Glyn Johns is at the helm. Two of the tracks that become widely popular are Baba O’Riley live studio (UK#55, often confused with Teenage Wasteland, originally 30 minutes long) and Won’t Get Fooled Again (UK#9,US#15) .
The ‘Baba’ backing track includes Pete Townshend playing a Lowrey Berkshire TBO-1 organ. Other synthesizers which make their Who debut on the album include the VCS3 and ARP 2600. In 2004 Rolling Stone ranks Who’s Next #28 in its Top 500 albums
The sometimes competent label — which introduces the world to punk and New Wave acts like The Damned, Wreckless Eric, Elvis Costello, and Ian Dury — closes shop in 1985, but is reborn in 2007. Highly recommended: the 4-CD Box Set (which is actually, quite stiff!).
Killer R&B film The Commitments is released.
One of the best music dramedy films EVAR (dittos for the soundtrack), it tells the story of some unemployed Dubliners who form a soul band. The cast, chosen for musical ability, fashion some great performances. MCA’s soundtrack album — with solid covers of hits like Mustang Sally, Chain Of Fools_(song), Try A Little Tenderness, In The Midnight Hour — does deservedly well worldwide (AU#2,NO#3,UK#4,US#8). So much so that it engenders a sequel album!