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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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