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Spacemen 3

Spacemen 3 were psychedelic in the loosest sense of the word; their guitar explorations were colorfully mind-altering, but not in the sense of the acid rock of the '60s. Instead, the band developed its own minimalistic psychedelia, relying on heavily distorted guitars to clash and produce their own harmonic overtones; frequently, they would lead up to walls of distortion with overamplified acoustic guitars and synths. Often the band would jam on one chord or play a series of songs, all in the same tempo and key. Though this approach was challenging, often bordering on the avant-garde, Spacemen 3 nevertheless gained a dedicated cult following. After releasing several albums in the late '80s, the band fell apart after in 1991.

In 1982, Sonic Boom (guitar, organ, vocals; born Pete Kember on November 19, 1965) and Jason Pierce (guitar, organ, vocals; also born November 19, 1965) formed Spacemen 3 in Rugby, Warwickshire, England. Sonic Boom and Pierce added a rhythm section comprised of Pete Baines and Rosco, and spent the next four years rehearsing and jamming. In 1986, the group released its debut album, Sound of Confusion, on Glass Records. At first the band sounded a bit like a punked-up garage rock band, but their music quickly evolved into their signature trance-like neo-psychedelia. Spacemen 3's second album, 1987's The Perfect Prescription, was the first to capture the group's distinctive style.

Following 1989's Playing With Fire, Baines and Rosco left the group to form their own band, the Darkside. They were replaced by Will Carruthers and Jon Mattock. Despite the addition of new blood to its lineup, the band was beginning to fray because of in-fighting between Sonic Boom and Pierce, as well as the former's increasing drug dependency. The new lineup struggled through a final album, 1991's Recurring, which featured Boom's songs on side one and Pierce's on side two. By the time of the release of Recurring, Pierce was performing with Carruthers and Mattock in a new band called Spiritualized. Shortly after the release of Recurring, Spacemen 3 split, and Spiritualized became Pierce's full-time band, eventually earning a cult following of its own. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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If Sonic Youth had a love child with 70's psychedelic rock after an evening of rock n roll Kim Gordon would give birth to Spaceman 3. A band with brilliance that is not for the lesser of mind, and best on a wide open brain following a binge of A.R.E Weapons.
No talent, just noise
I love this s**t, long live the 80's vibe.
monkeygland
here comes the sound...
Rx am be good'nuff, rite? Just f**kin' wif you cats.
david.burns6 0
I have an itchy potato!!!
benzastawnik
Taking Drugs to Make Music To Take Drugs to Make Music To Take Drugs to Make Music To Take Drugs to Make Music
I like that album name.
Take that, Batman! Long live Spacemen 3!!!
I'm thinking about when my social workers go on to different jobs. I'm only fiftytwo what if I live to 100.
cuz BJM was influenced by them and they were influenced by VU ! (just judging by timelines of when the bands were active :P)
jasonparkere s 3
only hearing one song so far from these guys... reminds me of VU + Brian Jonestown Massacre...
love it!
robbhare
sweet
me likey!
tymnus
thanks to my brian jonestown massacre pandora station, I am hooked on SPACEMAN 3 !!!
love em !
note that 2 of them are scorpios also ... I am a scorpio ... I guess this is why I relate to their sound so much ...

kudos
It's the perfect prescription of sound confusion
ich_traum
like sex for your brain. yummy
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that's more like it ;)
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plaidsam2002
This is excellence.
tpunk2000
double delicious.
86 to 04! wow thats a long range.
I am getting disgusted by all these "original" bands who rely entirely on drugs.
It does not sound original to me and there are much more "original" bands out there that do not need drugs...
Damn straight.
it's said that the only reason god hasn't started the rapture is because he's to busy listening to spacemen 3.

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