The definitive Stoner Rock band... they really made it what it is, they took it beyond Psychedellic songs about love and flowers and injected a massive ambient feel. Between the extended jams, atmospheric insanity, often poetic lyrics, pulsing bass (some of my favorite from Motorhead's own Lemmy!), swirling wahed guitar... they literally reproduce the feeling of being high aurally! (The only reason I know is contact buzz... I swear. ) Referencing the lyrics... seriously this is the greatest poem to me... it seriously has a deep meaning to me, I don't know why, I have a huge connection to it: While this futurist tale of armageddon via a destructive wall of noise is being read, swirling sounds of destruction surround you. Absolute genius. I think every person should sit down and listen to Space Ritual at least once. Well, it might not be for everyone. But everybody interested in trippy/druggy music, music that feels perfect. The reason I included "related projects" is Hawkwind's resident poet: Robert Calvert! I bought a copy of Monster Magnet's latest album Monolitic Baby, and they cover "The Right Stuff" and in the interview disc, Dave Wyndorf talks about this album, "Captain Lockheed and The Starfighters." He talks about it being a concept album about flying around in these planes. Strange enough, I thought, and found a copy. It's actually a rather deep album, it's about an elite German fighting airforce squad, absolutely mad, and certain members absolutely obsessed with the glory of dying as a Starfighter. They are mocked by other forces on the same side, and their deaths are scoffed at instead of mourned. By the end you feel sorry for the poor bastards. It's an album that sucks you in, has storylines in between songs, and actually is quite funny at spots (on purpose too). An incredible album that has been lost over time. Dave Wyndorf became that much cooler by finding it for me.