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