Various Artists – Tribute to Spacemen 3

An assortment of late nineties obscure indie types paying their respects to Spacemen 3. Not really an introduction to the analgesic world of Spacemen 3, some previous knowledge of the perennial drug merchants is desirable.

The album starts off with Bowery Electric’s take on Things’ll Never Be The Same. One of my person favourite Spacemen 3 songs and they do it justice. It has the sonic guitar feedback plus a Darkside drum shuffle. Asteroid #4’s pastiche in Losing Touch With My Mind has the haunting paranoia that was the trademark of Spacemen 3. Mogwai’s Honey was a real surprise , they did not usually have any vocals in their songs at the time. Arab Strap, well, they sound like Arab Strap.

Controversially, I think that Accelera Deck’s I Believe It is the best track on there. It was slated for being heartless, but I would disagree. It has everything you would expect from a Spacemen 3 classic.

My only grievance is that the majority of songs covered are from Playing with Fire. Hardly any other albums are featured. Which is hard to believe because there was not a single duff Spacemen 3 album. It would of been great if previous tributes could of been included. Such as Mudhoney’s Revolution or Chapterhouse’s Losing Touch With My Mind.

Various Artists : Tribute to Spacemen 3

Bowery Electric – Things’ll Never Be The Same
The Asteroid #4 – Losing Touch With My Mind
Mogwai –Honey
Flowchart – Ode To The Street Hassle
Accelera Deck – I Believe It
Arab Strap – Revolution
Bardo Pond – Call The Doctor
Frontier – Hey Man
Low – Lord, Can You Hear Me?
Amp – So Hot (Wash Away All Of My Tears)
Piano Magic – How Does It Feel
Transient Waves – Billy Whizz

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