Captain Lockhead And The Starfighters – United Artists Records 1973


Catch A Falling Starfighter

Hawkwind without Dave Brock but with the slightly unbalanced Robert Calvert on the vocals. Twink from The Pink Fairies, one of Colchester’s (later Ladbroke Groves) finest sons.

Ejection is the kind of tune that will get Alistair up and jumping around which hopefully is a good thing…do not know how big his rooms are!

  1. alistairliv
    January 18, 2008 at 12:16 am

    And guess what happens? AL (junior, 18 tomorrow) comes in and sez
    “Turn it down, dad”.

    Bollocks I say (after he has left the room). I HAVE THE ALBUM AND I’M GONNA PLAY IT….

    Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters by Robert Calvert. 1974. A concept album, with bits of theatre by Vivian Stanshall, based on fact – in early sixties, German airforce bought USA Lockheed Starfighter jets. These were adapted to carry atom bombs but this made them lethally unstable. The ejector seat also failed to work at low altitude. many pilots died.

    Wonderful surrealist cover. Must be online somewhere – too big to scan.

  2. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    January 18, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Bummer about the hassle with the little ‘uns (not so little now I guess)…Great LP but did not want to upload it on because as usual, you never know who is snooping from UA / CBS / EPIC la la la la…

  3. Nic
    January 18, 2008 at 1:50 am

    Told to turn it down by your offspring? Ah, how strange the flighty ways of fate…:)

    On a purely musical level, ‘Ejection’ is my favourite from this album (his best, in my humble opinion) – along with ‘The Aerospace Inferno’ and ‘The Right Stuff’…
    “I’m an aerospace-age warrior – who flies sideways through time…
    I’m the Right Stuff, baby, the Right Stuff – watch my trail…”

    I’ve always wished someone would find Calvert’s ‘lost’ play manuscript that conflates Donald Crowhurst and Brian Jones…

    Twink is here, there and everywhere – from Tomorrow and the Pretty Things (beautiful ‘S.F.Sorrow’ – one of ma femme’s favourites) through to Punk with The Rings single on Chiswick in 1977…

    The first The Rings single can be observed at:
    (which also features some fantastic politicised Dutch punk and post punk, particularly The Ex, the Rondos and Svatsox)…

  4. signor sinistra
    signor sinistra
    December 21, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Proper tune – Oh Yeah.

    Take me back 30 years or so.

    Props to Ray Curry and Paul Yelland – sound boys from Reading.

    Two lads that screwed me head on right.

    Calvert and Turner – uh huh.

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