Watch Lemmy and Hawkwind Play "Silver Machine" in 1972

Hawkwind's Lemmy Kilmister (left) and Dave Brock

Hawkwind's Lemmy Kilmister (left) and Dave Brock (Image credit: Ian Dickson/Getty Images)

As Lemmy Remembrance Day continues (he died two years ago today), we drop in on the late bassist's pre-Motorhead band, Hawkwind, playing one of their most popular songs, "Silver Machine." The song turned out to be a Number 3 U.K. hit single for the space-rock band in 1972.

The recording, which features Lemmy Kilmister on lead vocals and bass, also features Dave Brock on guitar and Simon King on drums. The woman in the video is a dancer named Stacia (Stacia Blake).

According to a 1974 Penthouse interview, Stacia (who started to be associated with the band in 1971) regularly augmented her visual impact by performing topless or nude with Hawkwind, her body decorated in iridescent or luminescent paint. Um, anyway, Hawkwind was Lemmy's most successful pre-Motorhead band. He also was a member of the Rockin' Vicars (1965), Sam Gopal (1968) and Opal Butterfly (1969), among others.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.