Electric Tepee

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Electric Tepee
Electric Tepee - Hawkwind.jpg
Studio album by
Released11 May 1992
StudioEarth Studios, Devon
GenreSpace rock
LabelEssential Records,
Griffin Music
ProducerPaul Cobbold, Hawkwind
Hawkwind chronology
Palace Springs
Electric Tepee
It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Electric Tepee is the seventeenth studio album by the English space rock group Hawkwind, released in 1992. It spent one week on the UK albums chart at #53.[2]

After a European tour in March and April 1991, long-standing bass guitarist and keyboardist Harvey Bainbridge chose to leave the group. Female singer Bridget Wishart would also end her association with the group in September. The group would go on to operate as a three piece of guitarist Dave Brock, bassist Alan Davey and drummer Richard Chadwick, making heavy use of sequencers, synthesisers and computers, both in the studio and live. The style of Electric Tepee is predominately space rock, with elements of trance, ambient and techno.[1]

The album was recorded in 1992 at Brock's own Earth Studios, produced with Paul Cobbold. "Mask of the Morning" re-uses the lyrics from "Mirror of Illusion" from the 1970 debut album Hawkwind. "Death of War" uses lyrics written by Mark Rowntree, credited as "Rown Tree", a convicted killer who has been held in a secure hospital since 1976.[3] "Rites of Netherworld" is a brief keyboard piece based on Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.

The group undertook a 23 date UK tour in April and May to promote the album, appearing behind a curtain on which the lightshow was projected.[4] An all-nighter at the Brixton Academy on 15 August, when they were joined on-stage by Salt Tank, was released as Brixton Academy 15.8.92, using an amateur video shoot of the event.

Track listing[]

  1. "L.S.D." (Richard Chadwick, Alan Davey) – 8:17[5]
  2. "Blue Shift" (Davey) – 4:17
  3. "Death of War" (Ron Tree, Dave Brock) – 4:47
  4. "The Secret Agent" (Brock) – 8:11
  5. "Garden Pests" (Brock, Davey) – 2:09
  6. "Space Dust" (Davey) – 5:18
  7. "Snake Dance" (Harvey Bainbridge, Brock, Chadwick, Davey) – 3:54
  8. "Mask of Morning" (Brock) – 8:49
  9. "Rites of Netherworld" (Brock) – 0:36
  10. "Don't Understand" (Brock, Chadwick, Davey) – 7:04
  11. "Sadness Runs Deep" (Brock) – 5:58
  12. "Right to Decide" (Brock, Davey) – 4:25
  13. "Going to Hawaii" (Brock, Chadwick, Davey) – 7:35
  14. "Electric Tepee" (Brock) – 3:07


Release history[]

  • May 1992: Essential Records, ESDLP181, UK Double LP (Limited edition of 5000)
  • May 1992: Essential Records, ESSCD181, UK CD
  • May 1992: Essential Records, ESSMC181, UK Cassette
  • July 1995: Griffin Music, GN0931-2, USA
  • January 2009: Atomhenge (Cherry Red) Records, ATOMCD1008, UK CD

External links[]


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Hawkwind". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  3. ^ Abrahams, Ian (2004). Hawkwind : sonic assassins. London: SAF Publishing. p. 273. ISBN 9780946719693.
  4. ^ Youles, Steve. "Gig and Set Lists 1992". Starfarer's hawkwind Page. self-published. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  5. ^ Hawkwind: Sonic Assassins – Page 200 0946719691 Ian Abrahams – 2004 – Some of the material had already received a public airing the previous winter, including an instrumental that, with added lyrics, became "Mask of the Morning" and a Chadwick/Davey song, "LSD". 'I had the bass riff, but it needed a slightly unusual drumbeat to roll it along,' recalls Davey. 'Richard came up with the beat, and wrote the second-part. I came up with the lyrics on acid – it's life, sex and death, the whole existence.' Alan Davey and Dave Brock get to grips with the.
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