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Forged Prescriptions

Spacemen 3

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Spacemen 3’s 1987 album The Perfect Prescription is considered the band’s transition point from psychedelic re-creationists to an original act. But it’s also seen as the moment when founding members Pete Kember and Jason Pierce began to branch off in their own directions—the beginnings of Pierce’s band Spiritualized can be heard in “Walking with Jesus.” Released 16 years later, Forged Prescriptions gathers outtakes, alternative mixes, demos, and rarities from the 1987 recording sessions. “Things Will Never Be the Same” opens with Kember’s vocals sounding more angsty and prominent in the mix. Fans of The Brian Jonestown Massacre can identify the seeds of Anton Newcomb’s inspiration in this song. The aforementioned “Walking with Jesus" follows; this version is a bit longer than the take that made the official release. And with a cleaner fidelity, it casts a clearer window into the future genius of Pierce’s early-'90s recordings. Similarly, the nine-minute “Ecstasy Symphony” contains many of the same gauzy textures that would wind up on Spiritualized's Lazer Guided Melodies.

Biography

Formed: 1982 in Rugby, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Spacemen 3 were psychedelic in the loosest sense of the word; their guitar explorations were colorfully mind-altering, but not in the sense of the acid rock of the '60s. Instead, the band developed its own minimalistic psychedelia, relying on heavily distorted guitars to clash and produce their own harmonic overtones; frequently, they would lead up to walls of distortion with overamplified acoustic guitars and synths. Often the band would jam on one chord or play a series of songs, all in the same...
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