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Robert Calvert

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3.23 | 7 ratings | 1 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1982

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Over My Head
2. Ambitious
3. It's the Same
4. Hanging Out on the Seafront
5. Sensitive
6. Evil Rock
7. We Like To Be Frightened
8. Teen Ballad of Deano
9. Flight 105
10. The Luminous Green Glow of the Dials of the Dashboard (At Night)
11. Greenfly & the Rose
12. Lord of the Hornets

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Calvert / lead vocals, some guitar and synthesizers, percussion
- George Csapo / keyboards, violin, backing vocals
- Pete Dowling / drums, syn-drums, percussion
- Simon House / keyboards, violin, backing vocals
- Nick Michaels / rhythm guitar
- Trev Thoms / lead guitar
- Jaqui / 'Hold Me Tight' voice
- Mike Moorcock / twelve-string guitar, backing vocals
- Pete Pavli / cello
- Nick Turner / saxophone, backing vocals

Releases information

(UK LP) A Side Records 1F 0311
(UK CD) See For Miles SEECD 278

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ROBERT CALVERT Hype ratings distribution

(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (43%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)


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Review by daveconn
3 stars To stumble upon a spacelog of such ostensible little consequence, preserved in pristine condition on See For Miles' CD reissue, reminds me that we live among gentle caretakers, you and I. How many of Hawkwind's faithful had the fare for Calvert's supplemental expeditions and, of these, how many were really hip to Hype? Yet it's one of those miniature treasures that filled the cracks where art/prog and new wave first met, the sort of work that the word "quirky" was meant for. If one hears in the long history of Hawkwind the name "Eno" whispered from time to time, it's never been so audible as here. Calvert's offhand intellectualism, sense of humor and muted delight in rock upended rarely stray from Eno as a reference point; Eno at his least serious, that is, by which I mean "Backwater," "Dead Finks Don't Talk, "Paw-Paw Negro Blowtorch" and their ilk. Calvert's vocals are rather Ferry cum Eno, his lyrics a cross between Eno and Ric Ocasek, the music generally less ambitious than Japan, Kraftwerk, Sparks and Ultravox but suggestive of them all the same. Nary a sight of Hawkwind in Hype's landscape, however, save for the participation of Nick Turner, Mike Moorcock and Simon House. The closing "Lord of the Hornets" (released as a single in 1981) has a hint of Hawkwind's menace, but relatively speaking Hype is harmless. Having invoked the image of Eno's comedic concoctions, I'd be remiss if I didn't add that Calvert falls short of those high standards. Nothing on Hype is as clever as Eno's drollest entries from the early days, if only because Calvert isn't interested here with pushing musical envelopes. You won't find the islands of lucid guitar from a Fripp or Phil Manzanera; the most you can hope for is some edgy accompaniment from Simon House or a silly solo from Trev Thoms. Yet in its humble way, Hype is charming. If your tastes lean toward the literate, slightly low-fi new wave of the '80s, and the idea of rhyming "Fellini" with "bikini" sounds clever to you, you may be ripe for Hype.

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