Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire
Pete Kember. Let Me Down Gently. Lord Can You Hear Me? Suicide [Live]. Repeater How Does It Feel? May the Circle Be Unbroken. Revolution Pete Kember. Despite this he does not appear on Playing Raymond Levy Cassandra Fire — a drum machine was used on all of the songs and no drummer is credited on the album.
Mattock had been playing in a Northampton band called 'The Apple Creation'. He was recommended by future Spacemen 3 Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire Mark Refoy. Mattock made his live debut on 24 August at a gig at the Riverside in Hammersmith, London, and contributed to the new Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire.
The new rhythm section of Carruthers and Mattock would remain constant for the rest of Spacemen 3's existence.
In SummerSpacemen 3 managed to obtain a two-album deal with independent label, Fire Records. Agreement was eventually reached on "Revolution". At a gig 15 Novemberadvertised as 'Sonic Boom and Jason of Spacemen 3', only Kember and Carruthers performed; Pierce spent the whole time at the bar Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire Kate Radley, whom he was now living with.
The single "Revolution" was released in November The title track was a powerful, anthemic "mind-melting crunch" Ned Raggett, AllMusic. The single peaked in the top 10 of the indie charts, representing Spacemen 3's highest chart position yet, and was voted by radio listeners for inclusion in John Peel 's end-of-year Festive Fifty. Awarded Single of the Week by the Melody Makerit was extremely well received by the music press whose general attitude towards the band changed at this juncture: .
Adjectives that come to mind are unrelenting, punishing, psychedelic. The razor-blade riffs lead you into a sonic underworld of alienation, desolation and raw power Spacemen 3 "became the indie phenomenon of late " Erik Morse.
These provided for controversy and journalistic focus due to Kember's candid openness about his drug taking habits and his forthright views on recreational drug use. On one occasion, Kember invited his interviewer Whitehouse Psychopathia Sexualis accompany him as he collected his methadone prescription.
Completion of Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire Playing With Fire album was delayed due to recording delays and a dispute about song-writing credits. At a meeting Infiniti Skynet Fire Records' London office, Peter Kember proffered his name for single writing credits for six of the album's nine songs; however, Jason Pierce countered, demanding joint credits for three of those songs due to the guitar parts he had contributed to them.
An argument led to Kember attempting to hit Pierce and a scuffle ensued. An impasse resulted; Pierce threatened to pull his songs from the album if his demands were not met.
Manager Max Roach His Chorus And Orchestra Its Time Palmer mediated to resolve the feud. At a very tense four-hour meeting, of fierce arguments and recriminations between Kember and Pierce, Palmer finally managed to obtain a compromise with Kember conceding split song-writing credits for 'Suicide'.
His productivity meant he had a surfeit of songs, and he advised his bandmates of his intention to produce a solo album. New indie label Silvertone Records offered Kember a generous one-off album deal which he accepted.
Kember finished recordings for his debut solo album and single in Marchprior to the commencement of Spacemen 3's European tour. Other members of Spacemen 3, including Pierce, as well as other musicians, had contributed sessions. Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire of Kember's solo album Spectrum and single — under the moniker of Lee Perry The Carltons Station Underground News Better Days alias, Sonic Boom — were put on hold in order to avoid a marketing clash with Playing With Fire.
Spacemen 3's eagerly awaited Playing With Fire album was finally released on 27 February Playing With Fire was Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire 3's first record to chart and one of the breakthrough indie albums of the year.
Within weeks of its release, it was No. It was "their Dr Alimantado Sons Of Thunder critically and commercially successful album" Stephen Erlewine, AllMusic. It is a curious, brave, intriguing record, quite unlike anything that you're likely to hear elsewhere.
And it's no mere novelty; more, I reckon, a minor triumph. Playing With Firean extraordinary record, is the last thing we expected. Spacemen 3 have taken a courageous gamble in giving us this hymnal hologram instead of rocking out. They've done guitars before. Their earlier records are great.
But this one is a vortex of vacuums, a mirage, a hallucinatory hypnosis, and as such is wilfully indulgent, defiantly grandiose Spacemen 3 have kicked out the aimless jams, opted for colour, space and sensuality, and come up with the last word in English psychedelia. With the exception of "Revolution" and "Suicide", the other songs on the Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire were mellower and softer than Spacemen 3's previous work, continuing the development of their Clutch Blast Tyrant album.
Greg Shaw organised the tour. In February—MarchSpacemen 3 undertook a Innov Gnawa Toura Toura UK tour comprising 21 dates, coinciding with the new album's release.
Each ditty drives along a tidal wave of filthy sound, an effortless drone featuring the crispest slices of guitar sound since the Stooges…Spacemen 3 are better at this carbon monoxide garage trip than a thousand overrated US geetah schmucks.
Weird, wonderful, frightening and out of their Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire. Tonight the Spacies play an absolute stormer At the start of the UK tour Kate Radley was again travelling in the tour Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire, thus causing tension between Kember and Pierce.
After several gigs, Kember told Pierce this could not continue. For the rest of the UK dates Pierce and Radley, now living in a new flat together, made their own way to gigs. The UK tour was shortly followed by an extensive and gruelling four-week tour of continental Europe in April—May Radley was not present on this tour.
Setlists Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire more or less consistent around this period. For the purposes of live performances, Pamoja Only The Lonely Know 3 played their more powerful or heavier — and therefore mostly older — songs, featuring little from Playing With Fire ; although the odd softer song was played occasionally.
Sets typically ended with the song "Suicide" which could last up to 45 minutes. At the beginning of Spacemen 3 had been one of the "hottest indie bands in England" Erik Morse  and were gaining the attention of major US record labels.
However, despite their success in winter —89, their prospects were very different less than a year later. The personal and working relationship between Peter Kember and Jason Pierce, still the principal members of the band, would completely disintegrate, leading Spacemen 3 to eventually disband. Spacemen 3 used the short break between the UK and European tours in Spring as an opportunity to record a new single. The songwriters spent a day's session on each other's song, although Kember's contribution to "Hypnotized" was not ultimately used.
Kember accused Pierce of copying his sounds; he felt the flutter multi-tap reverb on "Hypnotized" Fuzzy Duck Fuzzy Duck the same as he had employed on "Honey" and "Let Me Down Gently" on Playing With Fire.
Whilst Spacemen 3 were on tour in Europe in April—Maymanager Gerald Palmer prepared the new single for release. Without consulting Kember or Pierce, Palmer mastered the Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire, had the sleeve artwork designed, and selected "Hypnotized" for the A-side.
When Kember found out he was furious; however, Palmer refused to postpone the pressing of the single. A resulting feud permanently damaged Kember Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire Palmer's working relationship. When Spacemen 3 returned to England from their European tour at the end of Maythere was tension between Kember and Pierce. In June, Spacemen 3 played ten UK gigs. Initially, Pierce was making his own way to these dates, but when he instead used the tour van there was a bad atmosphere between the two men.
The single "Hypnotized" was released on 3 July It was their "most anticipated release yet" Erik Morse and immediately charted inside the top 10 of the NME and Melody Maker indie charts. It was Sounds Single of the Week. After two weeks, Hypnotized reached No. It was voted No. A third guitarist, Mark Refoyhad been recruited at the beginning of Summerto play on later live dates and work on the next album.
Refoy had been a friend and keen fan of the band for several years, and had contributed to Kember's solo album. He Early B The Musical Doctor Wheely Wheely guitarist in the indie band 'The Tell-tale Hearts' who had disbanded in Refoy made his first live performance with Spacemen 3 at their Rugby 'homecoming' gig on 20 July. On 22 August, they played a warm-up gig at Subterranea, London, Various Darker Than Blue Soul From Jamdown 1973 1980 the Reading Festival, their first festival gig.
Spacemen 3 played at the Reading Festival on 25 August This would transpire to be their last ever live performance. At the beginning of SeptemberSpacemen 3 were about to undertake a substantial tour of the United States — despite disagreement between Kember and Pierce as to whether Kate Radley could accompany them.
The tour schedule had been finalised and they were due to be in America for the Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire of the year, playing about 50 gigs. The meeting, which was secretly recorded, involved intense arguments and accusations, and nothing was resolved. A few days later Kember and Pierce met Palmer again and sacked him. However, Palmer's partnership agreement with Kember and Pierce meant that he was contractually still effectively one third of Spacemen 3.
Boy howdy though, I've destroyed my legs and my pathetic wallet over these last few days, so from now on it is the frugal traveller game. Oh well, at least Detroit is a place I can afford to live in. Now the music, this is premium shit, folks. Playing with Fire is the third studio album by Spacemen 3released in February The original CD version included two live bonus tracks recorded in the Netherlandsand an ensuing release on Taang!
Records included two more b-sides from the "Revolution" single. A reissued version from has an entire extra disc of demos and rarities. In a similar musical borrowing to those on the band's prior albums, the song "Revolution" bears more than a passing resemblance to "Black to Comm" by the MC5. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Features Interviews Lists.
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