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Playing With Fire [Bonus Disc]


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Performer Notes
  • Producers: Jason Pierce, Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember.
  • Personnel: Josephine Wiggs (cello).
  • For the majority of its six-year career, of which 1988's PLAYING WITH FIRE is the approximate midpoint, the British trio Spacemen 3 pursued its sound-for-sound's-sake obsessions in near-total oblivion. It turns out, however, that the band was merely a decade or so ahead of its time. Spacemen 3 featured guitarists/keyboardists Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember and Jason "Spaceman" Pierce, who later formed Spectrum and Spiritualized, respectively. The commercially and critically successful '90s work of these two sonic iconoclasts earned much more interest than the material of Spacemen 3 did during its 1985-1991 lifespan.
  • The band's third full-length studio album, PLAYING WITH FIRE finds the band moving beyond its earlier, somewhat more song-oriented work into more abstract and improvisational areas. The highlight is the corrosive "Suicide," one of the band's most visceral works. The Taang! CD contains four extra live tracks, including a radically different version of "Suicide," from a 1989 EP.
Professional Reviews
The Wire (8/99, p.57) - "...their biggest album at the time....Sonic Boom's avant aesthetic tempered {jason] Pierce's tendency towards drippy songforms, and the latter had a strong line in beautiful, melancholy melodies and lyrics..."

Mojo (Publisher) (7/99, p.116) - "...[Spacemen 3] at their most confidently minimal and succinct....plenty of nape-tingling moments..."
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