Spacemen 3 Biography

Instigated in 1982 by Sonic Boom (Pete Kember, 19 November 1965, Rugby, Warwickshire, England) and regional soulmate J. Spaceman aka Jason Pierce (also, strangely enough, b. 19 November 1965, Rugby, Warwickshire, England). Augmented by the rhythm section of Rosco (b. Sterling Roswell; drums) and Pete Bain (bass), it took Spacemen 3 four full years to blossom onto record. Initially crying shy of sounding too much like the Cramps, the band carefully evolved into one-chord wonders, masters of the hypnotic, blissed out groove. Such was their languid approach to working, and so dream inspiring was their music, Spacemen 3 made a habit of sitting down for the entirety of their gigs. Their fourth album, 1989’s Playing With Fire, included the intensely repetitive blast of ‘Revolution’. The free live album given away with the first 2000 copies of the previous album featured superior versions of some of their recorded live material. By this time Bain and Rosco had formed what was tantamount to a Spacemen 3 spin-off in the Darkside, allowing Will Carruthers (b. 9 November 1967, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England; bass) and Jon Mattock (drums) to step into their places, and although this was the peak of the band’s career, fundamental problems were still inherent. Sonic Boom made no secret of his drug dependency, having replaced heroin with methadone, and he and Jason Pierce were gradually growing apart to the point where they were chasing different goals. The relationship became so strained that Recurring, although still a Spaceman 3 effort, saw the two forces working separately, side one being attributed to Boom, and side two to Pierce.

By this stage Boom had embarked upon a solo career and Pierce was working with Mattock and Carruthers in another band, Spiritualized, a situation that further fanned the flames. When Recurring finally saw the light of day in 1991, Spaceman 3’s creative forces refused even to be interviewed together - a petty demise to what was, for some time, a creatively intense band.


Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.


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