Simon House

Simon House (Photo by Louise Bialik, July 2008)

Simon House (born 29 August 1948 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England) is a composer and classically trained violinist and keyboard player, perhaps best known for his work with space rock band Hawkwind. His arrival in 1974 introduced a new element to the band's style. He was the first conspicuously trained musician to join, and the sound that emerged on Hall of the Mountain Grill was a previously unheard, lush chaos which sounded a little like Black Sabbath meets The Moody Blues.[citation needed]

Before Hawkwind, House played in High Tide and the Third Ear Band, who contributed the soundtrack to Roman Polanski's Macbeth. Guitarist Tony Hill recounted how House became a member of High Tide: "[Pete Pavli and I were] hanging out with and crashing where we could at Mike's or Wayne's. Simon ended up crashing there as well. Simon was playing bass then. He said: 'I used to play violin, you know?' So I said 'Get it!' That was basically it."[1]

He joined Hawkwind in 1974, playing on some of their albums, before leaving for David Bowie's band in 1978. That, along with Robert Calvert falling into clinical depression, led to Hawkwind breaking up in mid-tour.

Along with other Hawkwind members he guested on science fiction author Michael Moorcock's New Worlds Fair in 1975 and has also played on solo projects by former Hawkwind members Robert Calvert and Nik Turner.

Since the 1970s, as well as cutting an album (Interesting Times) with Tony Hill under the High Tide banner and releasing several solo albums under his own name, House has twice rejoined Hawkwind; between 1989 and 1991, and between 2001 and 2003.

DiscographyEdit

High TideEdit

Denny GerrardEdit

  • Sinister Morning (1970)

Third Ear BandEdit

HawkwindEdit

Michael Moorcock & The Deep FixEdit

Robert CalvertEdit

David BowieEdit

JapanEdit

  • Tin Drum (1981)
  • Gentlemen Take Polaroids/Tin Drum/Oil on Canvas (1994)
  • Exorcising Ghosts (2004)

David SylvianEdit

Thomas DolbyEdit

  • She Blinded Me With Science (1982)
  • The Golden Age of Wireless [Re-released version](1982)
  • The Best of Thomas Dolby: Retrospectacle (1994)

Mike OldfieldEdit

  • "Crises" (1983) [2013 Deluxe Edition only]
  • The Complete Mike Oldfield (1985)

Magic MuscleEdit

  • One Hundred Miles Below (1989)
  • Gulp (1991)

Nik TurnerEdit

  • Prophets of Time (1994)
  • Transglobal Friends and Relations (2000)
  • Space Gypsy (2013)
  • Life In Space (2017)

Simon HouseEdit

  • Yassasim (1995)
  • Spiral Galaxy Revisited (2005)

Simon House with Rod GoodwayEdit

  • House of Dreams (2002)

Spiral RealmsEdit

  • A Trip to G9 (1994)
  • Crystal Jungles of Eos (1995)
  • Solar Wind (1996)
  • Ambient Voids: A Hypnotic Compilation (1995)

Anubian LightsEdit

  • The Eternal Sky (1995)
  • Jackal & Nine (1996)

Ambient Time TravellersEdit

  • Ambient Time Travellers (1995)

Adrian ShawEdit

  • Head Cleaner (2000)

BedouinEdit

  • As Above So Below (2001)

Earth LabEdit

  • Element (2006)

Judy DybleEdit

  • Enchanted Garden (2004)
  • Spindle (2006)
  • The Whorl (2006)

AstralasiaEdit

  • Cluster of Waves (2007)
  • Away With the Fairies (2007)

Spirits BurningEdit

  • Earthborn (2008)
  • Bloodlines (2009)

NektarEdit

  • A Spoonful of Time (2008)

Alan DaveyEdit

  • Eclectic Devils (2009)

Albums in processEdit

PsychestraEdit

  • Psychestra (demo, 2009)

Dark ChemistryEdit

  • Romance of Desolation (demo, 2009)

ComitatusEdit

  • Portable Casanova (demo, 2009)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Shaw, Adrian. (2000) "Tony Hill interview". Perfect Sound Forever magazine.

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