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4.0 out of 5 stars
Summoned the nineties and went spacebound., 22 Sept. 2000
I first bought this on tape in 1990, but dug it out of a dusty tape bin I found at home and played it the other day - I thought it was time to update it onto CD. This really takes me back to 1990, being at 6th form college, and all that. This record really fizzes - Spacemen 3 obviously had a lot of fog in their minds at the time - the music mixes a really retro rock n' roll sound with the Stooges meets the Beach Boys goes surfing on a sea of chemicals and then sinks underground and gets dirty with Velvet Underground whilst mulling over some Motown. The record swaggers dangerously, accentuated by the two protagonists, Jason Spaceman (who went on to form Spiritualised) and Sonic Boom (you've gotta love the audacity), who were a fiery pair; they effectively wrote half the songs each and thus a side of the record each. The record opens with the hypnotic and looping "Big City", that has a couple of sparse lyrics voiced over a slow-built up layering of keyboards. "I love you" is a stonking chemical rock n' roll sound with a walking bass line, a laid back riff and stoned flute solo as the song tails off. Other notable tracks are "Set me free" and "Hypnotised". "Feel so sad", has an unearthly sound to it as the instruments fade in and out - it is difficult to locate the beginning and the end to the song. "Recurring", is a well kept secret - the band were a bunch of nutters, but this record is special. It has a homebaked studio feel with Vox guitars, tremeloes bluesharps and "drones"; the guys tease the sound and don't push the music down the earholes of the listener, they are economical with the music. This record could so easily have become pretentious but avoids it...just. This is an uneasy listen at first, but grows on you - I think it ages pretty well as it doesn't sit well in any category, except for wigged out space soup - if there is such a thing.