Spiritualized Vinyl, CD & tapes by Spiritualized at Norman Records
I've always felt like J Spaceman (aka Jason Pierce) got tricked into taking on that moniker, after all, it's a bit weird that a band called Spacemen 3 only had the one Spaceman in it. Well, joke's on them, because of the band, J's post-Spacemen 3 endeavours have been by far the most successful. Though he's done a bit of solo work, including an amazing remix for Fuck Buttons, the vast majority of his energies have gone into Spiritualized.
Their debut was 1992's wonderful Lazer Guided Melodies, the closest Spiritualized have ever been to Spacemen 3's restrained minimalism, though even back then the bombastic ambition that lay within Pierce was obvious. Tracks like 'Angel Sigh' dared to reach for the sense of scale Spiritualized would only really reach on 1997's Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space. Here Pierce could finally use all the choirs, orchestras, and Elvis lyrics he needed to communicate his vision.
Here's a bit of rock'n'roll revisionism for you. If you were to ask the average rock fan on the street what they're favourite album from 1997 was odds are they'd say that year's other ambitious epic, OK Computer. And yet that decade's greatest authority on music, the recently deceased NME, gave Spiritualized its album of the year.
Since claiming that crown Spiritualized have consistently and successfully hit those same gospel and blues influenced emotive highs, and Pierce has even survived a car crash which he subsequently documented on 2008's Songs in A&E.
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