After small rock groups in which Lemmy participated as guitarist and occasional vocalist, as is the case of Sam Gopal, Opal Butterfly and The Rockin´ Vickers, the year 1971 came.
Back then, the Hawkwind band was formed and he had the opportunity to join this group of very talented musicians. It was there that he started playing bass, but also where drugs and his excessive use of them began.
According to Kilmister himself, “Drugs were a common bond in Hawkwind, it was the only way to guess if you were one of us.” From what can be clearly understood that the use of substances in the group was very recurrent.
However, Hawkwind achieved a great victory together with Lemmy, since Silver Machine, a song in which Kilmister adds his voice, came to position at number 3 of the most popular singles in Great Britain, in 1972.