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)



This font is called Rugby and was used in the mid-to-late 60s for records that had a certain tough psychedelic vibe- The Stooges and Shocking Blue for example- but also turned up on the soundtrack of For A Few Dollars More. In the late 80s Spacemen 3 used it, harking back to those days of lysergic adventure and sonic exploration. Both of those things can be found in spades on their 1993 release Dreamweapon, a three track compilation of live recordings. Side one/track one is a forty five minute drone out recorded live in Hammermsmith in August 1988, titled An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music. It goes on a bit never quite reaching a climax but definitely redefining the possibilities of the drone. I’m guessing you will either love it or it will do your head in. Maybe both. The other two tracks were equally self explanatory- Ecstacy In Slow Motion and Spacemen Jam, both from 1987.

Dreamweapon (An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music)

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.

>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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