Friday, July 13, 2012

40 Year Itch : It Flies Out Of A Dream


On July 13, 1972 UK space rockers Hawkwind were shown on the BBC's "Top of the Pops" program performing their #3 hit "Silver Machine". The band felt ill at ease with idea of miming the song on a sound stage so the BBC recorded their July 7 concert at Dunstable Civic Hall.

 As you might imagine from just watching the first few seconds of the clip, the band had a difficult time not being upstaged by their six foot tall "happily bisexual" sometimes quite nude dancer "Stacia" whose measurements according to Penthouse Magazine were 42-28-39.

 This performance would haunt her in a way: "When we made Silver Machine we attracted a Top 20 audience of filthy little boys who came along to stare at me " she told Record Mirror in 1974.

Stacia wasn't sure at the time where her dancing would lead. She told Penthouse:

 "I want to try everything. You know, if I got an acting role, I'd take it...but it could only be in a horror movie. One guy in the States said I looked like Dracula's Aunt Trixie. We all invited him to dinner and he thought we were going to beat him up."

 Stacia stayed with Hawkwind until 1975. Today she is an artist living in Ireland.

Hawkwind is still going strong. Their 27th studio album was released in April of 2012.

We'll be revisiting Hawkwind in November.

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