A Spacemen 3 re-evaluation

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I know there was a Spacemen 3 thread a long, LONG time ago, but I went back and read it, and it wasn't too satisfying. There are a lot of new contributors to the board now, and perhaps there are people who've been newly introduced to the Spacemen. *raises hand*

So, a little re-evaluation, then. What do you all like about Spacemen 3? Why is their discography so screwy? How do you think their work compares to Spiritualized? Etc...

I must say I've grown quite fond of 'Perfect Prescription'--it didn't necessarily blow me away at first, but I'll be damned if it's not one CHARMING-ass record, something you'd be hard-pressed to say about a Spz (ha!) album. Also, 'Playing With Fire' is awesome--better production, more psychedelic, maybe?--but a little less charming. (Note: "Ode to Street Hassle" is one of my current favorite songs.) The lyrics are a bit empty sometimes, but I guess that's not really the point. Well, discuss!

Clarke B., Monday, 17 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Can't wait for the 20,000-word essay from Kate. In the meantime:

What do you all like about Spacemen 3?

Sounds great, really. Made a good virtue out of simplicity by either cranking everything up or toning everything way down. Music to get easily lost in. Sorta discovered them around the same time I got more into the Stooges and Suicide both, so I implicitly drew the connections.

Why is their discography so screwy?

Where to begin. You can thank conniving labels, the indie scene of the late eighties in Britain, and the mere fact they were from Rugby. ;-)

How do you think their work compares to Spiritualized?

As noted, simplicity was the difference, and Marcello's relentless demolition a few threads below makes a very good point -- namely, that no matter all the trappings, the simplicity is still *there,* but overly dressed up and as a result less successful. Just compare the original "Lord Can You Hear Me?" with the remake on the new album.

Don't forget Sonic Boom and all his merry work, though. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Monday, 17 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Their solo stuff (both guys) is boring. Their vocals & lyrics are stupid. There's too many records with boring versions of the same songs.
Yeah I still like em tho.

duane, Monday, 17 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

They were impossibly boring. So were Loop. Saw the former live a couple of times. Mid-80s version of prog rock but less original. So self-consciously serious, so unbelievably derivative. Both times induced narcolepsy for most of the audience. People today complain about how crap C86 and all that kind of stuff was. Perhaps. But at least even The Fizzbombs and Bob (God - what am I saying!?) had a bit of spark and a bit of joy in comparison to these strung-out plodders. Oh, and does anyone else think the new Spiritualized single sounds like Wet Wet Wet?

T Traherne, Tuesday, 18 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

"Boring" is a word that's easy to use but hard to defend, in my opinion. It doesn't really bug me that they're derivative, either--it's not like they don't acknowledge their influences. And Loop, my God, how could you call them boring? Maybe I'm just the type of person who can listen to a drugged-out, droning Stooges riff iced with nerve-searing lead guitar for hours on end, but I wouldn't have it any other way. And I'm curious to hear how you defend calling them "Mid-80s version(s) of prog-rock but less original"--to my ears, they sound very streamlined and pared-down.

Clarke B., Tuesday, 18 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm also quite bitter because you got to see them live and still don't like them, and I like them but will never get to see them live, seeing as I was 9 when they broke up.

Clarke B., Tuesday, 18 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Loop rocked of course. Essential personal bridge from rock to rave, together with Jane's Addiction. Saw Loop live as an opening act for Jane's. Very good they were too.

As for S3. I always liked their opium as sacrament stance, but the music at times failed to live up to the overall aesthetic. Something which of course totally came together on Spiritualized's 'Lazer Guided Melodies'. S3 always sounded a bit under-produced didn't they? And not in a good way.

Omar, Tuesday, 18 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

i much prefer spacemen 3 to spiritualized (although i like spz 2nd and 3rd albums). sp3 didn't sound so self-satisfied/smug maybe? i like all their albums, but Recurring is my favourite (for Big City and Set Me Free (Reprise) )

gareth, Tuesday, 18 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

jp seems to be too much in love with his magniloquent vision of a new soul music , his lyrics are often disappointing but spiritualized are great live . sonic boom has this romantic/obsessive persona: analog stuff , weird sci-fi sounds , modified speak and spell , collaboration with avantgarde iprovisers even if he sometimes loses the plot .

francesco, Tuesday, 18 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The production on Spiritualized records has always been top drawer. I still like Pure Phase and LAGWAFIS better than LGM. The Live album is probably the best collection though really. I love Spacemen 3 also, I can't really process thoughts about them because I'm exhausted.

Ronan, Tuesday, 18 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Will always feel warmly toward S3 for introducing me to the joys of drone and repetition. And what's wrong with 'narcolepsy'? Who says music always has to be bouncy, happy, joyful, upbeat, and all those other indie pop positives? I'll take the Spacemen's opiated dirges over lame C86 jangle any bloody day of the week, and even at the time their riffed up MC5/Stooges re-writes seemed deeper, heavier, more exciting than their amateurish contemporaries.

Agree with Gareth that 'Recurring' is their best alb, but not by much - don't think they ever really made a duff rec, although they weren't totally mindblowing the one time I saw 'em live. The Spiritualized gig at the Royal Albert Hall was, however, one of the best three concerts I've ever been to - good as the rec is, you just had to be there dahling...

Loop, sadly, were rubbish.

Andrew L, Tuesday, 18 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Spacemen 3 are continually being re-evaluated. During their 'real- time' existance their fan-base was tiny, the Melody Maker put them (or rather Sonic) on the cover; it was their worst selling issue. What do I like about them? A simple uncomplicated love for their energy, noise, repitition + harmonies. They were steeped in a classicist Stones/Stooges/MC5 rock'n'roll tradition, yet unlike so many of their contemporaries they had the verve, imagination, wit, and self-confidence to fuck about with it, mashing it up with gospel, soul, drone-rock, suicide-synths etc. That they made this beautiful druggy devotional music whilst being criminally ignored made them all the more precious.

The obsessional relation with drugs has to be understood in the context of 80s England with use/abuse of narcotics spreading into the provinces for the first time. What saves them from being mere junkie-bores though is an honesty about the darker side, and the euphoria they capture in their music.

Loop were always deemed S3's poorer cousins. Most unfair, 'Heaven's End' shimmers.

stevo, Tuesday, 18 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

There is no need of reevaluation. There is no need of a 22,000 word essay. I accepted My Dead Husband, Sonic Boom and the Prophet Jason Pierce as my personal saviours nearly a dozen years ago (somewhere around the time Playing With Fire was released) and the only thing I take a fundamentalist stance on is the irrevocable genius of Spacemen3. This is not a point of faith to be debated.

(OK, maybe it a point of faith to be debated and raised up and celebrated, but at some point when I don't have to pack and get in an airplane in a few hours. Promise. I shall bear witness to my lord and personal saviour Pete Kember sometime soon...)

kate, Tuesday, 18 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

spiritualized always seemed a bit mannered and ,well, fatuous to me. i always figured sonic boom was the architect of the s3 aesthetic & pierce just popularised the slightly crasser bombastic, marketable elements of their sound. tho' i hardly listen to them now, their whole approach to making records, especially in relation to using influences & scoring very specific moods seems to anticipate the 90s with spooky clarity.

cw, Tuesday, 18 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I don't think they're boring. It's kind of strange that the music they make is so obviously planned. It's too pure.

maryann, Tuesday, 18 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

OK I guess calling Loop "boring" is too lazy & easy...maybe it'd be fairer to describe them as "SHIT".

duane, Wednesday, 19 September 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

one year passes...
A bit of info that may interest the Spiritualized lovers among you:

"Spiritualized are set to release their first ever compilation of rare material, 24 tracks almost all previously unavailable on LP. The tracks have been personally selected by Jason Pierce and the double cd collection, titled, 'The Complete Works Part 1' is released in late March on Spaceman/Arista Records.

Each CD includes well over an hour of music and covers tracks from various singles and EP's up to and including the October 1993 'Electric Mainline' EP, and begins with both sides of the very first 7" single, 'Any Way That You Want Me/Step Into The Breeze Part 1'.

....this collection of highly sought after material embraces the first three years of the band's history during which they released the 'Lazer Guided Melodies' and 'Pure Phase' LPs. Part 2 of The Complete Works will be released later in the year."

James Ball (James Ball), Friday, 17 January 2003 15:26 (eighteen years ago) link

V. nice. I've got mp3s of all this stuff -- makes one brilliant disc, actually! -- but it'd be fun to have a proper release. Question is, will they include the X-Files theme and the Elvis-sampling-"Ladies and Gentlemen" on number two?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 17 January 2003 16:21 (eighteen years ago) link

I doubt the "Elvis" version of "Ladies and Gentlemen..." will ever see proper release, they're legally bound *not* to officially release it (which is too bad, because it's GORGEOUS!)

Kate pretty much mirrors my feelings about S3/Pierce/Sonic Boom. I cannot utter enough words of effusive praise. The music has had a very profound impact on me.

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 17 January 2003 17:21 (eighteen years ago) link

I pretty much agree with what Andrew L said above. S3 were ace, the first two Spectrum records were great, Spiritualized--although a recent tendency towards gloppy bombast doesn't do a lot for me--have had peaks equal to or greater than the Spacemen. I guess the dumb "lyrics" (esp Sonic's) and/or the minimalist (ie. amateurist) thread that runs through all their work is a problem for some, but I love 'em still, always will, for 'Transparent Radiation' (one of my favorite records of all time) and just about everything they recorded which comes close, which is...just about everything they recorded. MC5, Stooges, VU, Suicide, (insert favorite out-rock combo here), Spacemen 3, not even necessarily in that order. "Reassess" only if you need to...the rest of us already know they were great, and in fact released the only English import I bought in 1987 that didn't make me want to break it over my knee.

M Specktor, Friday, 17 January 2003 17:27 (eighteen years ago) link

''Agree with Gareth that 'Recurring' is their best alb, but not by much''

recurring is, i think the only one of their official recs that i don't have. Its always been dismissed as the one they were sort of forced to do (one side with jason, the other with kember) so i never got it. always assumed it wasn't much cop on that basis...I'll buy this.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 17 January 2003 17:31 (eighteen years ago) link

I never did go back and comment on this thread, despite the fact that I said I was going to...

Then again, I really don't feel like I have a need to. My discovery of Spacemen 3 was the closest thing I've ever had to a religious conversion. I don't feel the need to re-evaluate or dissect. I go back and listen to the records and marvel with all my heart and all my soul at how perfectly they have managed to encapsulate everything I believe in music.

Whenever I think "Oh, I'm exaggerating" I go back and listen to the records, and oh no, I'm not.

I will actually buy Volume 1. It's got "Why Don't You Smile Now" which is possibly an apex of musical perfection. Though I'm upset it only has one version of Anyway THat You Want Me.

Julio, *get* Recurring. I hated it when it first came out, because it was proof of the bitter divorce which I saw as the ending of a musical legacy. But I bought it again last year on CD, and it is beautiful and moving and wonderful.

kate, Friday, 17 January 2003 17:35 (eighteen years ago) link

yeah, the original version of "Feel So Sad" is beautiful, plus "Hypnotized"... the production sounds surprisingly consistent, odd considering how it was recorded and sequenced.

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 17 January 2003 17:44 (eighteen years ago) link

Recurring is the only one I DO have, besides that 1984 "first ever recording" thing. THis was totally unintentional.. it's like I've got the two bookends

I saw P.K. play with the orig bass player from S3 - they played as "Spectrum" - about a year and a half ago at Brownie's in NY. It might have been the best show I've ever seen, period. Their set was meticulously planned, building and building and building from just acoustic guitar and handclaps, each little sound placed JUST so (when the drummer fell behind he got a big scowl from P.K.) into a scorching wall of screeing white-hot fuzz noise by the end of the whole thing - i remember that they all looked so SAD - and Kember looked like a spectre

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Friday, 17 January 2003 17:57 (eighteen years ago) link

''Julio, *get* Recurring. I hated it when it first came out, because it was proof of the bitter divorce which I saw as the ending of a musical legacy. But I bought it again last year on CD, and it is beautiful and moving and wonderful.''

yeah OK its good to see ILXORS enjoying recs which don't have a good rep (besides I love all the S3 i have so it should be good).

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 17 January 2003 18:10 (eighteen years ago) link

They are great...nothing short of brilliant! There is no need for me to write anything more!


The first two spiritualized are also top-notch!

ddb, Friday, 17 January 2003 18:14 (eighteen years ago) link

Brownie's in NY

*sniffle*

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 17 January 2003 18:31 (eighteen years ago) link

Brownies is nothing to sniffle over. Yeah I saw great shows there, but more often than not the main detriment was the bar being too close to the stage, drunk yakkers making more noise than even some of the loudest bands I saw there.

Spaceman 3 - great rock band, for many reasons. I don't listen to much post-break-up stuff by related camps, for many reasons.

hstencil, Friday, 17 January 2003 18:35 (eighteen years ago) link

Brownies is nothing to sniffle over. Yeah I saw great shows there, but more often than not the main detriment was the bar being too close to the stage, drunk yakkers making more noise than even some of the loudest bands I saw there.

That never bothered me (well, it did at the Brian Jonestown Massacre show I saw there, but that whole weird night was an attraction unto itself). Brownies was a great little club; some of the best shows I've ever seen I saw right there.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 17 January 2003 18:42 (eighteen years ago) link

What, is Brownie's gone or something??!?!?!? NOOOOOOOO!!!!!

You don't understand! The gigs we played there... I had SEX with a GROUPIE in the bathrooms there! oh, memories... sigh... sniffle, indeed!

I saw Sonic Boom last month, and he was freaking great. It was just him and a guitarist and his sampler was malfunctioning, but he was still amazing. Sonic always seemed to be in a bad mood when he played NYC, but he's been in a great mood every time I've seen him in London. I really think it depends who he's playing with, if he's irritated at them or not.

kate, Friday, 17 January 2003 20:23 (eighteen years ago) link

I just realized that I never posted on this thread... and I actually have a production credit on a Spacemen 3 album.

As with Kate, Sp* changed my life permanently.

Chris Barrus (xibalba), Friday, 17 January 2003 20:55 (eighteen years ago) link

Just what is it about Spacemen 3 that produces this sort of "conversion" experience. Very few bands seem to have this "total paradigm shift" affect on people. Maybe it's just because S3 were *mine* that I notice it more in other people.

They were absolutely shameless in their appropriation of other bands' songs and sounds, yet at the same time they were totally original. They're not the only band to ever have those influences - Velvet Underground, Neu!, Suicide, Stooges, bits of gospel - but they combined them in a way that no one has before or since. They were junkie chancers total amateurists who gave their records away for the next fix, yet they did everything with an almost autistic intensity which is utterly staggering. Their music was so *simple* - drones, never more than two chords, simple melodies, tremoloes - yet utterly imcomparable.

Two people so different that these days you can't even imagine them in the same band together, yet when you hear Playing With Fire, you can't imagine them apart.

Why do I love them so much? And why *them*?

kate, Friday, 17 January 2003 21:14 (eighteen years ago) link

I don't have much to add other than 'The Perfect Prescription' rules the Universe (Performance, Playing With Fire and all their other stuff does too to a slightly lesser degrees). I wonder why nobody ever really talks about "fuzz" anymore (has it been subsumed by 'drones'). I just remember that the Spacemen had the textures right and then I fell in love with the bluesy and gospel-y melodies. I especially love their 17 minute cover of Rollercoaster which is barely 2 chords.

The only thing I didn't like about them was their bitchiness in interviews. They would dis Loop and then say things like the Jesus and Mary Chain weren't that special (since they had done the feedback thing too on their first album).

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 17 January 2003 21:49 (eighteen years ago) link

The Day The Universe Changed was first hearing Playing With Fire in a blinding snow/ice storm while driving through that alien landscape on I-70 in Utah. An amazing cosmic event in my musical consciousness. This was the only time in memory did an album not only permanently alter my musical taste but also my very idea of what music is/what it could be.

Kate mentions "autistic intensity" - I think _Dreamweapon_ is the ultimate maximization of that. I could easily listen to it for hours and hours.

Chris Barrus (xibalba), Saturday, 18 January 2003 01:03 (eighteen years ago) link

i remember seeing sonic in like 94 where he taped a bunch of the keys on his keyboard down and played along on his guitar solo style. saw "spectrum" on their last tour of the us and it was depressingly dire and lifeless can't see what the point is anymore. why does he need to play transparent radiation every time he plays out live? sonic's side on recurring is light years better than jason's.

keith (keithmcl), Saturday, 18 January 2003 03:43 (eighteen years ago) link

This was the only time in memory did an album not only permanently alter my musical taste but also my very idea of what music is/what it could be.

Ah, marvellous. This is the type of feeling MBV created in me. Allow for the seismic surprise, always. It's so transcendent when something like that happens.

Since my introduction to the whole thing was the Spectrum solo that SB released in 1990, I actually backed into it all rather than hurtling headlong. I actually like that, that my first taste was the vinyl-release of that with the spinning front and Sonic's swirl of a voice on "Help Me Please."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 18 January 2003 04:09 (eighteen years ago) link

They were derivative in the best possible way. They took the things that they loved about their favourite bands and pushed them to warped extremes that those bands themselves could never have forseen, and ended up sounding totally distinctive.

Keith McD (Keith McD), Saturday, 18 January 2003 06:37 (eighteen years ago) link

"Kate pretty much mirrors my feelings about S3/Pierce/Sonic Boom. I cannot utter enough words of effusive praise. The music has had a very profound impact on me. "

ditto

A Nairn (moretap), Saturday, 18 January 2003 06:47 (eighteen years ago) link

"I actually have a production credit on a Spacemen 3 album."
You're not the joint roller on dreamweapon are you?

A Nairn (moretap), Saturday, 18 January 2003 07:00 (eighteen years ago) link

my Spacemen 3 conversion:
I was very young first song I heard was Honey off of playing with fire. I got the CD just because I liked space and astronauts, and thought the idea of music like that would be awesome.

A Nairn (moretap), Saturday, 18 January 2003 07:06 (eighteen years ago) link

nah...that was pat fish, wasn't it? he of the jazz butcher.

nick ring (nick ring), Saturday, 18 January 2003 07:07 (eighteen years ago) link

I had some vague sense of spacemen 3 that convinced me to buy recurring -- where it came from, I've no idea. I had it for a few years and enjoyed it well enough. Then one day my housemates girlfriend gave him a bag for his birthday and they both had bad experiences -- running off in the woods wishing you were dead, that sort of thing -- and were going to throw it away.

What a waste, no! my other housemate and I decried. So merrily off we went with the bag. Soon enough some neighbors came over to play hearts. That was going fine until some point in the game when it was my turn and I realized I no longer knew what the shapes on the cards meant. I'd seen them before, but could _understand_. I tried to express my bewilderment, but could only place my cards down face up on the table--I could not speak.

I walked into my room. turned on a red light. pressed play on recurring and sank into my couch. the world opened up before me. Every sound was a sight to behold. I surfed When Tomorrow Hits and crashed on a rocky beach where the undertow dragged me out to sea again. I was lost. I was connected.


So, from thereonin it went. I still think Perfect Prescription is my favorite album, but Recurring is just behind and there's Playing With Fire, but that's not to discount Dreamweapon.

nick ring (nick ring), Saturday, 18 January 2003 07:14 (eighteen years ago) link

Man, I'd stay away from rucksacks and purses if that was my experience...

kate, Saturday, 18 January 2003 19:05 (eighteen years ago) link

No joint rolling. It's the mastering and liner notes to the "Live In 1989" album.

Chris Barrus (xibalba), Sunday, 19 January 2003 08:22 (eighteen years ago) link

Are almost all of spacemen 3's influences from America?
there's:
Suicide
VU
Red Crayola
Sun Ra
La Monte Young
Sam Cooke
Elvis
Stooges
13th Floor Elevators
what else?

that's unusual.

A Nairn (moretap), Thursday, 23 January 2003 05:37 (eighteen years ago) link

Are these copies of "Recurring" that people are buying recent ones or second-hand? I'm having a bit of trouble locating it.

I would have so much more Sp3 stuff if I had the money. As it is I have to make do with that "Translucent Flashbacks" comp of the early singles.

Hayden Nicholls (Pop the Weasel), Tuesday, 28 January 2003 08:26 (eighteen years ago) link

I got my copy on saturday. my local shop had a copy on tape for £2.

haven't heard yet tho'.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 28 January 2003 09:22 (eighteen years ago) link

ah yes. I saw Spectrum on their last tour. Waited around the bar after the show and talked to the bass player. SB then passed around a joint and we smoked. I then threw up.

lawrence kansas (lawrence kansas), Tuesday, 28 January 2003 15:14 (eighteen years ago) link

"Stooges for airports" was Xgau's perfect evaluation.

jh, Tuesday, 28 January 2003 15:23 (eighteen years ago) link

entrtaining but useless evaluation i'm afraid.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 28 January 2003 15:28 (eighteen years ago) link

I got playing w/ fire, prefect prescription, and sound of confusion back in 1989. I hadn't heard of them before but they lokked cool. Well, I was right. I've loved them ever since. REcurring is good too but not as good as the first 3 imo. Anyway, I think most of the live ablums and other posthumous releases are ok but pretty unessential. There's definitely a lot of rehashing in their discog. I'd say that it would be nice to get a definitive CD re-issue of all the proper albums though, with good mastering and packaging. Well, for the people that don't have them on vinyl anyway. Post S3 I've always preferred spiritualized (say what you want about the last record, but pure phase is a classic). I liked the first couple spectrum releases, but being a pop guy myself, I lost interest with the bleeps and blips sci-fi stuff that followed. I never saw S3 live sadly, but Spiritualized live was pretty darn good the times i saw them. Sonic/spectrum has been interesting and/or painful...

g (graysonlane), Tuesday, 28 January 2003 16:36 (eighteen years ago) link

Stooges For Airports is so on the money that the money is suing for sexual harrassment. (So long as you're referring to Eno, and not actual airport music.)

kate (suzy), Tuesday, 28 January 2003 16:46 (eighteen years ago) link

I'd say that it would be nice to get a definitive CD re-issue of
all the proper albums though, with good mastering and packaging.

Fret not, Playing With Fire has one via Space Age records, a two disc version. It's the one to get.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 28 January 2003 16:50 (eighteen years ago) link

I could understand if it was a VU for airports, actually.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 28 January 2003 17:47 (eighteen years ago) link

She got a TV catastrophe, she got a big TV... oh! yeah!

kate, Tuesday, 28 January 2003 17:57 (eighteen years ago) link

eleven years pass...

just finished the Morse book, anyone else read it?

i read most of a friends copy back when it came out... a load of what's in there has been summarized on wikipedia but at the time all the behind-the-scene stuff was unknown to me and pretty interesting (like them signing their big deal after they'd all but split already). would like to reread it sometime.

fit and working again, Tuesday, 29 April 2014 17:02 (six years ago) link

Yeah I have that book

۩, Tuesday, 29 April 2014 17:07 (six years ago) link

given that Sonic obviously cooperated with the author more than Jason did, it's funny how Sonic still comes off as the bigger asshole. I found the more hyperbolic interludes totally tiresome, but the nuts and bolts of their touring and recording was pretty interesting.

just finished the Morse book, anyone else read it?

I was interviewed for it. It's OK... thought that the DREAMWEAPON framing device at the beginning was somewhat of a stretch. I wish that the book was being written now - there's more stories and folks seem more talkative now.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 29 April 2014 17:19 (six years ago) link

Sonic complaining that Jason was using/"stealing" his effects/techniques for songs that were going on a Spacemen 3 record is so wtf

junkies amirite

four years pass...

Well, this is new to me. 80 minutes of video footage (apparently with enhanced audio and video from original) of a 1989 concert in Arnheim, shot by the promoter. Sounding really good so far.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Gnj9tFuTTc

jaywbabcock, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 20:03 (two years ago) link

Includes rendition of Suicide's "Che" beginning at 38:35 mark

jaywbabcock, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 20:10 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Listening to 'Recurring' tonight because a friend said she was listening to it a couple nights ago. It's not like I've never tried to like Spacemen 3 in the past, but it never worked. Tonight? It's working. Yay!

I'll preemptively declare I still find Spiritualized to be incredibly boring, but maybe 2021 will be a surprising year.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 4 April 2021 04:37 (one week ago) link

Recurring is a lot of fun IMO, and you should work backwards to Playing With Fire if you dig it

Sonic > Jason but damn Jason had some good tunes

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Sunday, 4 April 2021 04:39 (one week ago) link

What saves them from being mere junkie-bores though is an honesty about the darker side, and the euphoria they capture in their music.

yeah this (from nineteen years ago)

I like signing up to dead sites (sleeve), Sunday, 4 April 2021 07:54 (one week ago) link

do you have to be high

nothing (Left), Sunday, 4 April 2021 10:42 (one week ago) link

I always figured that to be the case, but I can now confirm that you do not.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 4 April 2021 16:53 (one week ago) link


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