Saturday, 16 June 2012

Trip Down Memory Lane: featuring the other-worldly Spacemen 3

Today we travel back through the archives to the 1986, the year of Paul Simons' Graceland, Metallica's Master Of Puppets, Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wett, Kool & The Gang's Forever and Europe's Final Coutdown! However, to Northampton, it was also the year that the revolutionary Rugby-based band Spacemen 3 released their mindblowing debut album Sound of Confusion and became one of the bestest ever bands that have strong connections with our county.

Having already released two demo LPs, their psychedelic brilliance caught Pat Fish's eye at one of their many gigs across the Midlands, leading in a three-year, two-album contract with Fish's Glass Records. There they recorded the incredible Sound of Confusion and Perfect Prescription before going on to release two more with Pulp's early label Fire Records.

By the end of their career and after it, Spacemen 3 have had a phenomenal influence on the shoegazing scene (comparable to the likes of The Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth) and countless other musicians from that minimalistic, atmospheric sound whether they're even aware of it or not! One of the biggest pioneers of their time, if not all time.

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