Motorway City

Huw Lloyd-Langton Group, Hawkwind, Harvey Bainbridge, D Brock, R Chadwick, A Davey

About Motorway City

"Motorway City" is a 1983 single by the UK rock group Hawkwind. This version was recorded live on the Levitation tour and released as a single on Flicknife Records (FLS025) in the UK on 28 October 1983, taken from the album Zones. The b-side "Master of the Universe" was from the same concert, but did not appear on the album, appearing sometime later on the Hawkwind Anthology compilation album. The song was first recorded in demo form by the Hawklords at Rockfield Studios in 1979, eventually appearing on the Various Artists 2000 album Family Tree (Voiceprint Records, HAWKVP13CD). It made its way into the live set for the UK Winter 1979 tour, and its first recorded appearance was on the 1980 Live Seventy Nine album. A studio version was soon recorded and released on the 1980 album Levitation, and a special version was also recorded for single release, but Bronze Records declined to issue it releasing "Who's Gonna Win The War?" instead. It remained a popular addition to the live set until Huw Lloyd-Langton left the band in 1988, but it re-emerged at the turn of the millennium, appearing on the live albums Yule Ritual (2001) and Canterbury Fayre 2001 (2002). 


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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

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Hawkwind are an English rock band, one of the earliest space rock groups. Their lyrics favour urban and science fiction themes. They are also a noted precursor to punk rock and now are considered a link between the hippie and punk cultures. more »

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Written by: DAVE BROCK

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10 facts about this song

Album Release
"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 Members
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.
Historic Performance
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.
Live Performances
"Motorway City" has been featured in various live performances and is included in several of Hawkwind's live albums.
Technical Aspects
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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