Jukebox Babe

My love of San Francisco drone hippy-punks Moon Duo is well documented. They have a new 12″ out today, a pair of covers. One of them is a version of No Fun by The Stooges that they worked up when appearing on 6 Music for Iggy’s 70th birthday (and it gives me an excuse to use this picture of Iggy a friend shared on social media recently). The other is a cover of Alan Vega’s 1981 single Jukebox Babe, an exercise in repetition and reverb that will take some beating. Both were recorded/produced by Sonic Boom, who knows a thing or two about repetition.


Waves Of Joy

Some songs are over ten minutes long because they need to be over ten minutes long, they need time to unfold, to hit that narcoleptic groove, to let that drum machine run on and on and on, to let waves of bliss wash over you. This is one of them. Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here) was the opening song on Spacemen 3’s 1991 album Recurring and their last single. The album version was shorter than the one here and the 7″ and 12″ singles were 4.35 and 8.35 respectively. This one is 10.51. Let Sonic Boom’s blissed out, guitar-led response to acid house take you home.

Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here)


Tim Burgess and Peter Gordon’s Same Language, Different Worlds album is full of low key pleasures, little analogue synth parts burbling away, sax drifting in, Tim’s hazy vocals. This remix of Around by Sonic Boom adds further tension, loops and some chopped up, repetitive parts.

Spaced Out

Last week the excellent One Song A Day series at the When You Can’t Remember Anything At All blog presented a song from Spacemen 3’s Recurring album. Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here) is a ten minute pulse, drifting beautifully with Pete Kember’s hazy drawl. The album was released after the group broke up with Pete (Sonic Boom) getting his songs on side 1 and Jason Pierce taking side 2, with a bunch of songs that point his way to Spiritualized. It’s not a competition but right now Sonic Boom’s songs are the ones that are doing it for me more.

Actually it probably is/was a competition.

I Love You

Saturday Angel

Sonic Boom, him of Spacemen 3 that didn’t go into Spiritualized, with a solo single that should get Saturday off to a narcotic start, spread over one whole side of 12 inches of vinyl.

Angel (Extended Mix)

We’re 50% down in terms of children this weekend- I.T. has gone off on a Special Needs respite city break to Liverpool. It’s very quiet round here.


Following Moon Duo’s Mazes album, one of Bagging Area’s albums of this year, comes a new album from Wooden Shjips. San Francisco’s premier garage/drone/kraut/beard band have released several albums or collections of two chord, organ and guitar freakery. New album West promises much of the same but with a less dense sound and more clarity. Whether this comes from ex-Spaceman 3 Sonic Boom working on the mixing I don’t know- he did provide several good remixes of Moon Duo earlier this year. This is Lazy Bones, freebie taster for West.

>Park In It Man

> In 1988 Spacemen 3 implored us to start a revolution, with this song of the same name- a one chord revolution that would take just five seconds. Some wag suggested that they would take just five seconds to shove a suppository up their backsides, but there’s no denying this still sounds pretty good. The Spaceman on the right- Jason- would go on to Spiritualized. The Spaceman on the left- Pete or Sonic Boom- would be less high profile.


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