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