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Spacemen 3

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Rugby, Warwickshire (1984 – 1991)

Spacemen 3 were an English band formed in 1984 in Rugby, Warwickshire by Jason Pierce (a.k.a. J. Spaceman) and Peter Kember (a.k.a. Sonic Boom). Their first album, Sound of Confusion (1986), was not successful commercially, but it attracted a loyal fan base. Its follow-up, 1987’s Perfect Prescription, is a concept album mirroring the highs and lows of a drug trip. It expanded the group’s core of fans and is generally considered their masterpiece.

Playing With Fire (1989) expanded on the and themes of the earlier albums; its second single, “Revolution” reached #1 on the UK charts. But soon after, a combination of personnel changes, drug problems and intra-band tension (especially between Kember and Pierce) began to break the band apart. Recurring, released in 1991, was their last proper album, though its recording reflected the split between Pierce and Kember as each recorded their own side of the album in different studios, with a cover of Mudhoney’s ‘When Tomorrow Hits’ to separate them (Mudhoney would later return the favour with a cover of Spacemen 3’s ‘Revolution’). It was their most popular record, but by its release Kember and Pierce had already formed new bands, Spectrum,were self described “ experimentation” and Spiritualized, respectively.

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  • oOo0o0o0oOo

    Honestly, they should be called Opiate Rock [3] yeah this is downers music

    23 Aug 8:36pm Reply
  • G7000

    Reunion please!

    27 Jul 4:49pm Reply
  • GRIMESZ

    "That's Just Fine (With Vocals)" bears an uncanny resemblance to Neu's "Leb' Wohl"

    28 Jun 10:40pm Reply
  • NasalScarecrow

    UlsterParanoid: Definitely. Recurring's only a Spacemen 3 album in name really, I always viewed the second half as the birth of Spiritualized.

    24 May 9:04pm Reply
  • UlsterParanoid

    pierce's side of recurring just had the concept of spiritualized

    21 May 7:15am Reply
  • helvettt

    Still hoping for a reunion.

    29 Apr 4:47am Reply
  • lostwithincolor

    Honestly, they should be called Opiate Rock, not Psychedelic Rock. [2]

    28 Apr 7:26pm Reply
  • MaxScheffel

    Honestly, they should be called Opiate Rock, not Psychedelic Rock.

    18 Mar 6:14pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    скучная группа, без наркоты не послушаешь толком. в то же время есть несколько доставляющих песен

    18 Mar 11:31am Reply
  • Groves89

    By "they" you mean Sonic Boom.

    5 Mar 3:27am Reply
  • RussellChap

    I like 'em but really they're Suicide x Thirteenth Floor Elevators copyists. Playing With Fire is cool though.

    2 Mar 10:19pm Reply
  • Flandre-chan

    Great band. Very great.

    17 Feb 1:35pm Reply
  • TheMukeyM

    good band. has influenced the noisy/shoegaze era that immediately followed after their breakup

    15 Feb 4:46pm Reply
  • TaTeVer

    my favourite depressant

    23 Jan 2:25pm Reply
  • theseasonisours

    i've missed spacemen 3 stopped listening to them and i don't really know why. playing with fire a+

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • spacemangraig

    walkin' with jesus was never this much fun

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Amrabart

    trippy

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • FMSpaceman

    http://forum.spiritualized.me/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=12139

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Alillebo

    Spacemen 3 saves me every time :)

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • LivingShit

    singles better than perfect prescription, actually the taang singles comp on CD is superior in material and song sequence. starting off with 'walkin with jesus' the minimal thump and guitar exultation version, 'transparent radiation' singles version with all of 'ecstasy symphony,' soul I, that's just fine, wooo blows my mind

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
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