Spirit of the Age is a 1977 song by the UK rock group Hawkwind. It was
originally recorded and issued on the album Quark, Strangeness and
The lyrics of the song are composed of two of Robert Calvert's science
fiction poems, the first verse being "The Starfarer's Despatch", which
he had recited at shows whilst being the "resident poet" in the band
in 1971, and the second being "The Clone's Poem". Both of these poems
were published amongst a collection of his poetry issued as Centigrade
232, published by Quasar in 1978. Throughout the song is a rhythmic
electronic pulse. This repeated sound is the Morse Code for SOS
The song was a popular addition to the band's live set and even
remained after Calvert's departure from the band in 1979. A more
aggressive version of the song with vocals by Brock was issued on the
Live Seventy Nine
1 1993 Mixes
1.1 12" 1.2 CD
2 2004 single
2.1 CD1 2.2 CD2
3 External links
1993 Mixes The song was subject to various remixes and issued as the Spirit Of The Age - Solstice Mixes EP in June 1993 on 4-Real Records (4R1). Mixes were by Astralasia (Marc Swordfish, Nosmo) and produced by Salt Tank (David Gates & Malcolm Stanners). 12"
"Spirit Of The Age" Full Vocal Mix (Calvert/Brock) – 9:56 "Spirit Of The Age" Hard Trance Mix (Calvert/Brock) – 8:43 "Spirit Of The Age" Cyber Trance Mix (Calvert/Brock) – 9:52 "Spirit Of The Age" Flesh To Phantasy Mix (Calvert/Brock) – 12:06
"Spirit Of The Age" Radio Edit (Calvert/Brock) "Spirit Of The Age" Full Vocal Mix (Calvert/Brock) "Spirit Of The Age" Cyber Trance Mix (Calvert/Brock) "Spirit Of The Age" Flesh to Phantasy Ambient Remix (Calvert/Brock)
Note: The band performed a very rare second encore at the 1993 Brixton Academy gig, where they mimed along to "The Full Vocal Mix", with both members of Salt Tank on stage. 2004 single In 2004 the band recorded a new studio version of the song which was issued as a single in two different formats. The first verse featured a vocal by tabloid journalist Matthew Wright who, while interviewing the band on a London radio show, had revealed that he was a big fan of the band. This version was included on their Take Me to Your Leader album. CD1
"Spirit Of The Age" (Calvert/Brock) – Radio Edit "Angela Android" (Chadwick) – Live Version "Assassins of Allah" [aka "Hassan-i Sabbah"/"Space is Their (Palestine)"] (Calvert/Rudolph/Brock) – Live Version
"Spirit Of The Age" (Calvert/Brock) – Live Version "Paradox" (Brock) – New studio version
Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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Dave Brock Richard Chadwick Mr Dibs Haz Wheaton Magnus Martin
Nik Turner Dik Mik Terry Ollis John Harrison Mick Slattery Huw Lloyd-Langton Thomas Crimble Del Dettmar Dave Anderson Simon King Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister Robert Calvert Simon House Alan Powell Paul Rudolph Adrian Shaw Harvey Bainbridge Paul Hayles Steve Swindells Martin Griffin Keith Hale Ginger Baker Andy Anderson Robert Heaton Rik Martinez Alan Davey Clive Deamer Danny Thompson Jr. Bridget Wishart Ron Tree Jerry Richards Jason Stuart Tim Blake Niall Hone Dead Fred
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