Playing around in the world of Tamriel (that’s where them there Elder Scrolls games are set, y’all) has put me in a mood to listen to Hawkwind. See, Hawkwind is basically the essence of Tolkien/Dungeons & Dragons-derived works distilled in rock form. You listen to it and somehow you just can just feel the ren faire oozing out of your speakers. I mean, this is the band that collaborated frequently with Michael Moorcock and produced an entire album based on the tale of Elric of Melniboné. It is music that sounds like the way roasted turkey legs and mead taste, the way pot smoke smells.
At some point, the Elder Scrolls games are going to run out of regions to be set in. At that point, I’m hoping Bethesda takes the series to a new continent. And when they do, I hope there’s a kingdom in that new land called Hawkwind.
Of course, the band isn’t entirely unselfconscious medieval nerdery. There’s also a lot of unselfconscious sci-fi nerdery as well. It tends to overlap. (I have a feeling Richard Garriott listened to a lot of Hawkwind.)
The comments on that YouTube section capture a part of the band’s essence, too: A discourse on the grading and types of narcotics. I still have no idea how I ever got into music like this. I never partake of pot or ren faires. But I will be partaking of Skyrim, which maybe is kind of the same thing.