The Hype continued for a short while without Bowie, changing its name to Ronno before releasing the single The Fourth Hour of My Sleep in 1971 on the Vertigo label. The single was received with an enormous upsurge of disinterest, putting the future of the unit in question; but before a complete dispersal could take place, all three members (Woodmansey, Ronson and producer/musician Tony Visconti) were again roped in by Bowie to act as his backing band for the album The Man Who Sold the World (1971). Woodmandsey continued his association with Bowie for three more albums: Hunky Dory (1971), The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (1972), and Aladdin Sane (1973). It was the second of these that ultimately cemented the drummers place in music history, as the Ziggy/Spiders spectacle continues to be the most highly revered period of Bowie's work -- despite the extremely brief span of its existence.
A year later Woodmansey assembled Woody Woodmansey's U-boat, but its sole offering in 1977 did not fare much better. For the next decade the drummer kept a much lower profile, recording with Screen Idols (on their Premiere LP, 1979) and Dexy's Midnight Runners (Don't Stand Me Down, 1985), as well as making occasional live appearances with arists including Art Garfunkel and Paul McCartney.
After Mick Ronson's untimely death in 1993, Woodmansey and Bolder once again assumed The Spider's moniker for a tribute concert held in honor of the guitarist at the Hammersmith Apollo in London; the pair were joined by Def Leppard members Joe Elliott and Phil Collen in a repetoire consisting mostly of early 70s Bowie material, with appearances also being made by Ian Hunter, Bill Nelson and Roger Daltrey. The Spiders staged a second tribute in Hull in 1997 with a different selection of guests, and both shows were eventually released together as a 2 CD set on the Citadel label. That same year, The two Spiders and the two Leppards continued their collaboration in the guise of Cybernauts, touring the UK and issuing one of the shows as a limited-run CD. A second Cybernauts tour was undertaken in Japan during 2001.
In 1976 Woody tried to build up a new career with his own band U-Boat, recorded an album and supported Uriah Heep on there Firefly tour.
U-Boat was a five piece group with Phil Murray (vocals), Frankie Marshall (Keyboards), MacKintyre Duncan (guitars, vocals), Phil Plant (bass) and Woody Woodmansey (drums, vocals). Their debut album came out on the famous Bronze label and was produced by Gerry Bron, who had successfully supervised lots of Uriah Heep recordings.
The album, Has severall interesting tracks on it, but completely failed to succeed comercially, and this fact led to an early end of the band's existence. So U-Boat became less than a footnote in rock history.
Bass - Phil Plant
Drums, Percussion, Vocals - Woody Woodmansey
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals - MacKintyre Duncan
Piano, Piano [Electric], Organ, Synthesizer - Frankie Marshall
Vocals - Phil Murray
Producer - Gerry Bron
Engineer - Mark Dearnley
Engineer [Assistant] - Trevor Hallesy
2. Movie Star
3. Slow Down
4. Star Machine
5. I'm In Love
6. Rock Show
7. Let You Be
8. Hope They Come Back
9. Oo La La
10. From The Top