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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
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Spacemen 3


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Spacemen 3

Top Songs by
Spacemen 3

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  2.   Soul 4
  3.   An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music
  4.   Walkin' with Jesus (Sound of Confusion)
  5.   Ecstasy Live Intro Theme
  6.   Things'll Never Be the Same
  7.   Ecstasy Live Into Theme
  8.   Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here)
  9.   Spacemen Jam
  10.   Ecstasy in Slow Motion
  11.   Suicide
  12.   Drive
  13.   Billy Whizz/Blue 1
  14.   Medley
  15.   Loosing Touch With Your Mind
  16.   2 35 (Version 1)
  17.   Lord Can You Here Me
  18.   Ecstasy
  19.   Modulated Tones
  20.   O.D. Catastrophy
  21.   Things Will Never Be the Same
  22.   Billy Whiz/Blue, Pt. 1
  23.   Set Me Free/I Got the Key
  24.   Big City
  25.   Live Intro Theme (Xstacy)
  26.   Drive/Feel So Sad
  27.   Billy Whizz/Blue I
  28.   Feelin' Just Fine (Head Full of Shit)
  29.   Sometimes
  30.   Hypnotized
  31.   Feel So Sad (Reprise)
  32.   When Tomorrow Hits
  33.   Set Me Free (Reprise)
  34.   Set Me Free/I've Got the Key
  35.   I Love You
  36.   Just to See You Smile
  37.   Girl on Fire
  38.   Any Way That You Want Me
  39.   Velvet Jam
  40.   We Sell Soul
  41.   Esctasy Symphony
  42.   Soul 1
  43.   Ecstasy Symphony
  44.   May the Circle Be Unbroken
  45.   Che
  46.   So Hot (Wash Away All of My Tears)
  47.   Let Me Down Gently
  48.   How Does It Feel
  49.   Come Down Softly to My Soul
  50.   D.D. Catastrophe
  51.   Little Doll
  52.   I Want You Right Now
  53.   Suicide (Version 2)
  54.   Starship
  55.   Take Me to the Other Side
  56.   Ode to Street Hassle
  57.   Feel So Good
  58.   Come Down Easy
  59.   Call the Doctor
  60.   Rollercoaster
  61.   Mary Anne
  62.   Come Together
  63.   Repeater
  64.   Revolution
  65.   Bo Diddley Jam
  66.   2:35
  67.   I Believe It
  68.   Lord Can You Hear Me?
  69.   Honey
  70.   The Sound of Confusion
  71.   Losing Touch With My Mind
  72.   Amen
  73.   That's Just Fine
  74.   Hey Man
  75.   It's Alright
  76.   2:35 (Version 2)
  77.   Fixin' to Die
  78.   T.V. Catastrophe
  79.   X-Tracy Symphony
  80.   Transparent Radiation
  81.   Why Couldn't I See
  82.   X-Tracy
  83.   Billy Whizz
  84.   Musik Konkret
  85.   These Blues
  86.   Come Together Two Times
  87.   Ecstacy Symphony