Spacemen 3 have a limited edition (2000 copies) 5 track mini-album released by Space Age Recordings in cardboard sleeve wallet which features 2 previously unreleased Spacemen 3 tracks, a radically different mix of the classic Spacemen 3 cover of the Red Krayola’s ‘Transparent Radiation’ and appearing for the first time on CD, the ultra rare remix of ‘I Love You’ (originally only 50 promo white label vinyl copies were ever pressed). Rounding off this mini-album is a studio version of Ecstasy Symphony. Spacemen 3 consisted of the core duo of Jason Pierce (Spiritualized) and Somic Boom a.k.a Peter Kember (Spectrum & E.A.R.) who formed the group in Rugby , Warwickshire, having met at art college. From the outset Spacemen 3 had a very defined set of aesthetic principles. They based almost their entire sound on their own concept of minimalism – droning guitars, feedback, as few chords as possible, pounding drums – with their motto ‘Taking drugs to make music to take drugs to’. Song titles, lyrics and interviews were peppered with references to bands and artists they believed shared their ‘minimal is maximal’ aesthetic. The Velvet Underground, the Rolling Stones, the Stooges, the MC5, early Captain Beefheart, free jazz musician Sun Ra, the Silver Apples, 1960s garage punk such as the 13th Floor Elevators, Red Krayola, the Electric Prunes, the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean and other surf bands, 1980s rockabilly groups the Cramps, the Gun Club, Tav Falco, blues and gospel acts like Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, the Staple Singers and John Lee Hooker, and the production techniques of Joe Meek, Brian Wilson and Delia Derbyshire were just some of the names mentioned by the band.
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