Label: Munster Records - MR 011 • Format: Vinyl LP, Unofficial Release • Country: Spain • Genre: Rock • Style: Space Rock, Indie Rock
To bake a mind-altering cake nowadays, you've got to smash a few sugarcubes. Unlike bands who get all cutesy with the pop trappings of '60s acid-rock, Spacemen 3 are content to let the music be its own Car Music - Yua Hirasawa - Transgenic. At the Transparent Radiation - Spacemen 3 - Losing Touch With Your Mind.
, their records lay down a droning thick-pile carpet of overdriven guitar and mongoloid drumming; later on, they began exploring the equally unsettling powers of more tranquil waters. Not as selfconsciously arty as Sonic Youth or as decisively melodic as the Jesus and Mary Chain, Rosita - Frank Ferrari - The Best Of (DVD) 3 follow both stylistic poles of the Velvet Western Wind Mass - Gloria - The Tallis Scholars - Compact Disc Sampler 1996/7 with more wholehearted enthusiasm than most of the group's self-appointed apostles.
Recorded as a quartet including, for once, an on-board drummerSound of Confusion brings the psychedelic sound of Rugby an industrial city near Birmingham to bear on a mixture of bizarre covers Glen Campbell's "Mary Anne," Iggy Pop's "Little Doll," the 13th Floor Elevators' "Rollercoaster" and originals that all sound exactly the same.
Except for the clever pun of "Hey Man" sung as if it were the homonymic gospel assent and the bonus dynamics of "2. The Perfect Prescription finds Jason Pierce guitar, organ, vocalsSonic Boom guitar, organ, vocals and Pete Bassman bass abruptly reducing the dosage with lots of sonic space, varied instrumentation acoustic guitar, violins, horns, keyboards and very little percussion. The Glass and Genius cassettes add 40 minutes of bonus material, including an endless version of "Rollercoaster" and a lengthy reworking of "Starship," a Sun Ra adaptation from the first MC5 album; the Genius CD adds only those two tracks; the Fire CD skips that stuff and instead adds a pair of B-sides from the "Take Me to the Other Side" single.
Transparent Radiation contains two different renditions of the title track, a distended version of the album's placid "Ecstasy Symphony," "Starship" and one other item to counter the band's tender tendencies. The Genius CD has two bonus tracks. Playing With Fire is the trio's crowning achievement, a perfectly integrated mixture of trippy pop, spaced-out poetry, acoustic romance and mind-boggling guitar devastation.
The album starts out gentle "Honey"turns explosive "Revolution" and then settles into an obsessive drone the tributary "Suicide" that dominates Side 2. Transparent Radiation - Spacemen 3 - Losing Touch With Your Mind. , the Spacemen exhibit solid songwriting and careful control of their art, modulating the album's mood ring with the ease of experienced navigators.
As legally dubious as its title suggests, Taking Drugsa document of the quartet's prehistory earlyresembles the first album with which it overlaps three songs except in the degree of sonic intensity and the sound quality. Besides songs that found their way intact onto S3 LPs, this neat artifact includes a developmental version of "Walkin' With Jesus" entitled "Sound of Confusion" and the second album's "Come Down Easy," poppy proof that the group was capable of restraint from the very beginning.
With S3 nearing collapse Jason Pierce launched his own band, Spiritualized, in mid, with an enjoyably Stassis - Bushby* - Elastokinematics rendition of Chip Taylor's "Anyway That You Want Me," a '66 hit for the TroggsSonic Boom Peter Kember; on the first Spacemen LP he was billed as Peter Gunn made Spectruman album more noteworthy for its ambitious adjustable first presssing only op-art sleeve than its content.
With playing assists from Jason as well as the Jazz Butcher and members of the Perfect Disaster, Sonic stays inside the one-chord amelodic vamps of Spacemen country, tightening the stylistic bond to Suicide by covering the duo's "Rock'n'Roll Is Killing My Life. Where Sonic ought to rev things up a few real songs would have been nicehe turns nearly subliminal, and the instrumental portion of the doomy "If I Should Die," which closes the album, floats away on strains of lighter-than-air atmosphere.
A inch bonus record entitled Octaves and Tremelos was offered by mail to purchasers of Spectrum. Surprising fans who assumed they would never work together again, Jason and Sonic did reunite only in the sense that each contributed a solo side for another album.
Transparent Radiation - Spacemen 3 - Losing Touch With Your Mind. superb annotation and deluxe packaging, Losing Touch With Your Mind is a collecton of alternate takes.