Turning star projections, voices from the deep Throbbing of the engines, you exit from the heat Paper on the pavement, cars crawling in the road Emotions of the city, you ease your heavy load Motorway City, well it ain't the same Lighting up the night sky, with an orange flame Motorway City, you exit on the right Cruising on the highway, driving through the night Motorway City, well it ain't the same Lighting up the night sky, with an orange flame
Written by: DAVE BROCK
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10 facts about this song
"Motorway City" is a song by Hawkwind from their 1980 album "Levitation."
Lyrics and Song Theme
The song is believed to depict the image of a futuristic dystopian society, which is a common theme within the Hawkwind discography.
Key band members during the recording of "Motorway City" included Dave Brock and Harvey Bainbridge.
"Levitation," the album which "Motorway City" is a part of, is the first Hawkwind album to be recorded entirely using digital recording techniques.
Association with Rock Genre
Hawkwind is a space rock band, and "Motorway City" continues this tradition with heavy synthesizer use and progressive rock elements.
During Hawkwind's Winter 1979 tour, the band performed "Motorway City" as an encore, before the song was officially released on "Levitation."
Status in Band's Catalogue
The song is a fan favourite and is considered one of Hawkwind's best compositions by many fans.
"Motorway City" has been featured in various live performances and is included in several of Hawkwind's live albums.
Like other Hawkwind's songs, "Motorway City" features a fusion of electronic and rock music, portraying the band's unique stylistic approach.
Impact on Popular Culture
The dystopian themes in songs like "Motorway City" have influenced several sci-fi and fantasy authors, including Michael Moorcock and Neil Gaiman.
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