The Xenon Codex

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The Xenon Codex
Studio album by Hawkwind
Released 25 April 1988
Recorded Loco Studios, Caerleon, and Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, February and March 1988
Genre Space rock
Length 44:11
Label GWR
Producer Hawkwind and Guy Bidmead
Hawkwind chronology
Live Chronicles
The Xenon Codex
Space Bandits

The Xenon Codex is the fifteenth studio album by the English space rock group Hawkwind, released in 1988. It spent two weeks on the UK albums chart peaking at #79.[1]

The group's line-up remained unchanged for three years. The album was recorded at Loco Studios, Caerleon and Rockfield Studios, Monmouth in February and March 1988. It was produced with Guy Bidmead, who had previously been Vic Maile's assistant.

The lyrics to "The War I Survived" and "Heads" were written by Roger Neville-Neil, who was a Hawkwind fan. "Lost Chronicles" is banded as separate track, but it forms the instrumental middle section of "Neon Skyline".

The group undertook a 25 date UK tour in April to promote the album.[2] The Hammersmith Odeon show on 21 April was recorded by BBC Radio 1 for broadcast as a 60-minute in-concert programme.

After the tour, drummer Thompson left the group. He was replaced by former Dumpy's Rusty Nuts drummer Mick Kirton for some September dates, but the group felt he was unsuitable. Richard Chadwick, a veteran drummer of groups involved with English free-festival scene, then joined for an 18 date UK tour in November and December. The Nottingham Rock City show on 7 December was recorded, and part released on Undisclosed Files Addendum (1995), with these tracks being included as bonus tracks on the 2010 re-issue.


Side 1[edit]

  1. "The War I Survived" (Dave Brock, Alan Davey, Roger Neville-Neil) – 5:25
  2. "Wastelands of Sleep" (Kris Tait, Brock) – 4:18
  3. "Neon Skyline" (Davey) – 2:18
  4. "Lost Chronicles" (Harvey Bainbridge) – 5:21
  5. "Tides" (Huw Lloyd-Langton) – 2:54

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Heads" (Brock, Neville-Neil) – 5:04
  2. "Mutation Zone" (Bainbridge, Brock) – 3:56
  3. "E.M.C." (Bainbridge) – 4:55
  4. "Sword of the East" (Davey) – 5:25
  5. "Good Evening" (Hawkwind) – 4:35

Atomhenge CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Ejection" (Calvert) – 4:29
  2. "Motorway City" (Brock) – 6:47
  3. "Dragons and Fables" (Lloyd-Langton) – 3:19
  4. "Heads" (Neville-Neil/Brock) – 3:52
  5. "Angels of Death" (Brock) – 5:36



Release history[edit]

  • April 1988: Great Western Records, GWLP 26, vinyl and CD - initial vinyl copies came in a fold out cover.
  • 1989: Enigma/GWR, 7 75407-1, USA CD and vinyl
  • February 1992: Castle Communications, CLACD 281, UK CD
  • July 1999: Essential Records, ESMCD 737, UK CD digipak
  • May 2010: Atomhenge (Cherry Red) Records, ATOMCD1022, UK CD


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Hawkwind". Chart Stats. UK albums chart. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  2. ^ Youles, Steve. "Gig and Set Lists 1988". Starfarer's hawkwind Page. self-published. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  3. ^ The Xenon Codex at AllMusic