“HAWKWIND – Top Rank”
Southampton’s Top Rank was part of a nationwide chain of dancehalls/nightclubs responsible – as history will attest – for putting on some of THE biggest acts in rock/pop during the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s.
The Southampton location was also an ice-rink – presumably the ice was covered when there were live acts or a disco going on? I never visited the place in its nightclub or ice rink forms, but as a gig venue I probably went there more than anywhere else in the area. Between the Top Rank and Southampton University I saw pretty much every major act from the 70’s punk/ska/post-punk/indie boom as the 70’s progressed.
Tonight, in 1973, this impressionable 15-year-old teenager was there seeing Hawkwind, the UK’s premier “space rock” protagonists. (I talked briefly about them last year)
Let me rack my brain and see if I can remember what the band played that night…. yes, I think the set list was this….
• Eternal Champion
• Born To Go
• Down Through The Night
• It’s So Easy
• Brainbox Pollution
• The Black Corridor
• Space Is Deep
• The Watcher
• Seven By Seven
• Sonic Attack
• Time We Left
• Master Of The Universe
• Standing At The Edge
• Urban Guerrilla
• Seeing You As You Really Are
Bloody hell, my memory is FAR better than I have been giving it credit for all this time isn’t it?
Let’s see, was Lemmy still with them that night? Why yes, I do believe he was!
Was the rest of the band Robert Calvert, Nik Turner, Dave Brock, Del Dettmar, Simon House and Simon King? I think so, yes.
Shocked by how much I can remember? When I found this, everything just seemed to just come to me. *heh*
Actually, all I can really recall was all the stage set bubbles, the lighting and strobe effects. Oh, and Hawkwind’s female dancer, Stacia, dancing nude at some point.
Which probably made it a good concert.