The episode: “Laserblast,” ep. 706
The riff: Observed by Tom Servo during the synth-heavy score of the movie’s long opening credits. And they are very long indeed.
The explanation: Hawkwind, as it turns out, is an English rock band formed in 1969 and still active today, although the 1970s-1980s was their most prolific period. They were among the first groups labeled as “space rock,” blending electronic sounds and “spacey-sounding” keyboards with progressive rock music. The crew of the Satellite of Love previously showed themselves to have a certain fascination with this type of music with all their commentary on “music from space” in “Pod People.”
Novelty factor: Completely new to me. I must say, when I hear “Hawkwind,” it sounds like a really nerdy rock band. They sound like a group of bards that I would have run across as NPCs in a D&D game.