The mid-90s Britpop phenomenon churned out numerous bands who seemed incapable of creating anything beyond variations on a single riff (usually stolen from George Harrison), but Liverpudlian quartet Space seemed to reinvent themselves single by single.
The band came together around 1993 when childhood friends Tommy Scott (18 February 1966, Liverpool, England; vocals/bass) and Andy Parle (b. 4 October 1970; drums) recruited Cypress Hill devotee Jamie Murphy (b. 23 December 1975; vocals/guitarist). Kraftwerk fan Franny Griffiths (b. 1 July 1970; keyboards) joined soon afterwards and it was the Catholic mix of tastes (Scott admitted at the time to liking little apart from Tricky and film soundtracks) that lifted Space above their guitar-wielding contemporaries. The sound of their early UK hit singles lurched from the sparse ska and sociopathic lyrics of Neighbourhood to the stylish MOR noir crypto-misogyny in Female Of The...