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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
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Spacemen 3

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Spacemen 3

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Spacemen 3

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