It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous

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It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous
Studio album by Hawkwind
Released 25 October 1993
Recorded Barking Dog Studios, Devon, 1993
Genre Space Rock
Length 63:17
Label Essential Records
Producer Hawkwind
Hawkwind chronology
Electric Tepee
(1992)
It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous
(1993)
The Business Trip
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous is the eighteenth studio album by the English space rock group Hawkwind, released in 1993. It spent one week on the UK albums chart at #75.[2]

As with the previous album, Electric Tepee, the group remained a three-piece of guitarist Dave Brock, bassist Alan Davey and drummer Richard Chadwick. The album was recorded in 1993 at Brock's own Barking Dog Studios, produced with Paul Cobbold.

The title track "It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous" is a quote from the mathematician/philosopher Alfred Whitehead, which had originally been used on the sleeve notes to the Space Ritual album. The Arabic-influenced "Space Is Their (Palestine)" would be worked into the middle section of the live version of "Hassan I Sabbah", retitled "Assassins of Allah". "Letting in the Past" is a re-recording of "Looking in the Future" from the 1982 album Church of Hawkwind. "The Camera That Could Lie" is a reggae-influenced piece that had previously been used in the middle section of the live version of "Damnation Alley" on the 1992 album Palace Springs. "Gimme Shelter" is a cover version of the Rolling Stones song that the group had recorded with Samantha Fox for the Shelter benefit single Putting Our House in Order, although this album version removes Fox's vocal. Drummer Richard Chadwick performs vocals instead.

The group undertook a 21-date UK tour in November to promote the album.[3] This was followed by a 12 date Germany/Netherlands tour in December. Some shows were recorded and were released as The Business Trip.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous" (Dave Brock, Richard Chadwick, Alan Davey) – 6:23
  2. "Space Is Their (Palestine)" (Brock) – 11:46
  3. "Tibet Is Not China (Part 1)" (Davey) – 3:39
  4. "Tibet Is Not China (Part 2)" (Brock, Chadwick, Davey) – 3:20
  5. "Let Barking Dogs Lie" (Brock, Chadwick, Davey) – 9:01
  6. "Wave Upon Wave" (Davey) – 3:13
  7. "Letting in the Past" [aka "Looking in the Future"] (Brock) – 2:53
  8. "The Camera That Could Lie" (Brock) – 4:56
  9. "3 or 4 Erections in the Course of a Night" (Brock, Davey) – 2:02
  10. "Techno Tropic Zone Exists" (Brock) – 4:30
  11. "Gimme Shelter" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 5:34
  12. "Avante" (Brock, Chadwick, Davey) – 6:00

Atomhenge CD bonus tracks

  1. "Gimmie Shelter" (feat. Samantha Fox) (Single Version) - 5:56

Personnel[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • Recorded at Barking Dog Studios, Devon
  • Produced with Paul Cobbold.
  • Artwork by Alan The Ghost.

Release history[edit]

  • October 1993: Essential Records, ESDLP196, UK Double LP
  • October 1993: Essential Records, ESSCD196, UK CD
  • October 1993: Essential Records, ESSMC196, UK Cassette
  • June 1994: Griffin Music, GCDHA 161-1, USA
  • July 1999: Essential Records, ESMCD 740, UK CD digipak

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Hawkwind". Chart Stats. UK albums chart. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  3. ^ Youles, Steve. "Gig and Set Lists 1993". Starfarer's hawkwind Page. self-published. Retrieved 2009-08-20.