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Recorded during the band’s waning days, and not released until after its break-up, Recurring is one of rock music’s greatest records of divorce. While Perfect Prescriptions and Playing With Fire had been largely successful in integrating the divergent styles of Sonic Boom and J. Spaceman, Recurring finalized the divide between the two partners by giving them each a separate side of vinyl. Sonic Boom (Pete Kember), side one; J. Spacemen (Jason Pierce), side two. Yet, considering that each musician wrote and produced his side independent of the other, Recurring is remarkably unified. Kember songs like “Just to See You Smile” and “Set Me Free” bear the influence of Pierce’s altitudinal gospel, while a cover of Mudhoney’s “When Tomorrow Hits” (the only track on which both Kember and Pierce appear) displays the band’s shared love for downwardly spiraling distortion. With Spiritualized, Pierce embarked on the more ambitious and fulfilling post-Spacemen career, but on Recurring Kember is the bolder artist. His “Big City” is a hypnotic excursion into acid house, while “I Love You” transforms Bob Marley’s skank into blissful Spacemen groove.

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Great from start to finish

For those unfamiliar with S3 this is probably their most accessible release as it sheds most of the heavy distortion and noise of the early days and is much lighter on the druggy gospel stuff that appeared on Playing With Fire. "Big City," "I Love You," and "Why Couldn't I See" are standouts from Sonic's side while "Hypnotized," "Sometimes," "Feelin' Just Fine (both mixes)" and "Drive/Feel So Sad" are the best from Jason's side, and the cover of "When Tomorrow Hits" that joins them is awesome. But if I had to give one huge piece of advice, I would buy the whole thing instead of plucking off songs piecemeal.

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Billy Whizz forever

man, oh man. 'hypnotized' was the track that lured me in so long ago. set the tone for everything for me for years. although i may have had 'the perfect prescription' before, 'big city' and 'hypnotized' clued me in to another world of music, helped steer me out of the alt-rock purgatory to which i was headed. it still sounds amazing.


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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