At one time, I was a huge Hawkwind fan, having seen them some 37 times between 1976 and 1980, so it's only right that I should be the one to write this.
Hawkwind are a post flower-power psychedelic prog-rock band that would always turn up and play for an anti-establishment cause. They have never really been brilliant but have always been good, with the ironic exception of their best-known song, "Silver Machine" (pants sez me).
It was the live performance where they would come to life, a curious spectacle of special effects and electronica which often featured some of the cr?me de la cr?me of the Portobello Road underground; writers, lighting engineers, dancers and so on... Although it has to be said, if you can remember a Hawkwind gig, you weren't really there ? if you know what I mean ;-)
Recommended listening for those wishing to delve, "Quark", "Strangeness and Charm", "Hawklords" and "Space Ritual". Also look out for solo stuff, which is often better than Hawkwind's own material!