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[[caption-width-right:351:Left to right: Pete Kember, Nick Brooker, Pete Bain, Jason Pierce]]

Spacemen 3 are the band [[{{Spiritualized}} Jason Pierce was in]] [[BreakupBreakout before he became famous]].

Of course, it's a bit more complex than that. Spacemen 3 were an English AlternativeRock[=/=]PsychedelicRock band active between 1982 and 1991. The band had a largely rotating lineup centered around core members Jason "J. Spaceman" Pierce and Peter "Sonic Boom" Kember. Notably enough, its last lineup included future Spiritualized members Will Carruthers, Jonny Mattock and Mark Refoy.

The band was known for its fanatical focus on minimalism and psychedelia, adopting the motto "taking drugs to make music to take drugs to" (later the name of a compilation). Their sound was based around droning guitars, feedback, monotonous rhythms, CreepyMonotone vocals and [[EpicRocking extended song lengths]]. Pierce and Kember shared an affinity for {{Shout Out}}s to their favourite musicians in both song titles, lyrics and interviews, with names cited as influences including The Music/VelvetUnderground, Music/TheStooges, Music/{{MC5}}, CaptainBeefheart, Music/{{Kraftwerk}}, The13thFloorElevators, The Electric Prunes, various blues and gospel acts (Muddy Waters, BoDiddley, the Staple Singers and John Lee Hooker) and the production techniques of Joe Meek, [[Music/TheBeachBoys Brian Wilson]] and Delia Derbyshire.

The band disbanded in 1991 amid worsening tensions between Pierce and Kember. Their last album, ''Recurring'', reflected this, with the two sides being recorded by the two separately in different studios. Pierce has since gone on to popularity, acclaim and success with {{Spiritualized}}, while Kember founded Spectrum and did... [[strike:pretty much fuck all]] weird drone music with [[Music/MyBloodyValentine Kevin Shields]] (as [[FunWithAcronyms Experimental Audio Research]]).

Opinions on Spacemen 3 tend to be split a few ways. Either: they are just as good as, better than or worse than {{Spiritualized}}. There's also the issue of their love of extreme repetition and long jamming.

Discography:
* ''Sound of Confusion'' (1986)
* ''The Perfect Prescription'' (1987)
* ''Playing with Fire'' (1989)
* ''Dreamweapon'' (1990)
* ''Recurring'' (1991)
* ''Translucent Flashbacks'' (1995) (compilation of B-sides and rarities)
* ''Singles'' (1995)

Tropes:
* AuthorAppeal: Most of their songs and titles revolve around medication, drugs, various moods and Christian symbolism.
* ConceptAlbum: the sequence of tracks on ''The Perfect Prescription'' trace the trajectory of a trip: excited/nervous anticipation, then from Coming On to Peaking; followed by blissed-out torpor, onset of disconcerting symptoms...and finally, a plea to "Call the Doctor" ("'cause I think I had too much, babe")
* CoverVersion: "Rollercoaster" by The13thFloorElevators, "Mary Anne" by Juicy Lucy, "Little Doll" by Music/TheStooges, "Starship" by {{MC5}}, "Transparent Radiation" by Red Krayola, "When Tomorrow Hits" by Music/{{Mudhoney}}.
* EpicRocking: "Rollercoaster", "OD Catastrophe", "Rollercoaster", "Transparent Radiation", "Things'll Never Be the Same", "Come Down Easy", "How Does It Feel?", "Suicide", "Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here)", "Sometimes", "Billy Whizz/Blue 1", "Starship", "Ecstasy Symphony" (the full 9-minute version included on ''Translucent Flashbacks'') and "Transparent Radiation (Flashback)". Taken to its logical conclusion with "An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music" on ''Dreamweapon'' - a ''forty-three-minute'' song consisting of one chord repeating over and over and over and over again.
* NotChristianRock: Same as with Spiritualized.
* ShoutOut:
** "Ode To [[Music/LouReed Street Hassle]]"
** "Music/{{Suicide}}"
* [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth One Chord And The Truth]]: "Revolution"
* WatchItStoned
* {{Word Salad Title}}s: Frequently, with probably the best example being "Feelin' Just Fine (Head Full of Shit)".
** This could be a weird ShoutOut to TheYardbirds' "Heart Full of Soul".
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