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Spiritualized – Shine A Light (1992)

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The summer of 1992. Spiritualized released their debut album Lazer Guided Melodies. If you don’t know it, do check it out. ‘Shine A Light’ reassured lovers of Spacemen 3 that Jason Pierce continued his ongoing affinity for the pioneering sounds of The Velvet Underground. Part VU, part space rock, part psych rock, part shoegazing, part…

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Spiritualized – I’m Your Man (2018)

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The upcoming LP And Nothing Hurt may well be Spiritualized’s last and final recording. We should all savour. Jason Pierce reflects on ‘I’m Your Man’ while the horn arrangement offers power, energy and light. J. Spaceman will be going out on a high.

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Spiritualized – Broken Heart (1997)

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Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space is a majestic album. It was recorded shortly after the break-up of Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce and Kate Radley, the band’s keyboard player. Radley had secretly married Richard Ashcroft of The Verve. ‘Though I have a broken heart/I’m too busy to be heartbroken”. Have a great weekend.

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9 of the best – sounds of 1997

A compilation for the weekend. My favourite 9 sounds of 1997, bookended by Radiohead. There are no surprises there; I have showed some restraint by not featuring more of their work.

Radiohead – Airbag

Supergrass – Late In The Day

Yo La Tengo – Stockholm Syndrome

The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony

Embrace – All You Good Good People

Pavement – Stereo

Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space

Björk – Unravel

Radiohead – Let Down

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Honourable mentions also go to: Radiohead for ‘No Surprises’; Radiohead for ‘Paranoid Android‘; Radiohead for ‘Lift‘; Supergrass ‘Richard III‘; Spiritualized ‘Broken Heart’; Yo La Tengo for ‘Autumn Sweater’, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds for ‘Into My Arms‘; Daft Punk for ‘Around The World’; NuYorican Soul (featuring Jocelyn Brown) for ‘It’s Alright, I Feel It!’ and The Notorious B.I.G. for ‘Mo Money Mo Problems‘.

I realise now that four albums – classic albums – were crowding out others from my ears in 1997.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2001

A compilation for the weekend. My favourite songs of 2001 and in no particular order:

The Strokes – Hard To Explain

Ian Brown – F. E. A. R.

The Shins – New Slang

Daft Punk – Digital Love

Radiohead – Pyramid Song

Spiritualized – I Didn’t Mean To Hurt You

Lift To Experience – Falling From Cloud 9

Röyksopp ‎- Remind Me

The Strokes – Modern Age

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Honourable mentions also go to: Weezer for ‘Island In The Sun‘; Zero 7 for ‘In The Waiting Line‘; Jay-Z for ‘Izzo (H.O.V.A.)‘; Golden Boy feat. Miss Kittin for ‘Rippin Kittin‘; Daft Punk for ‘Veridis Quo‘; The Other People Place for ‘Let Me Be Me‘; Peter Yorn for ‘Strange Condition‘; Muse for ‘Bliss‘; Cannibal Ox for ‘Iron Galaxy’; Roger Sanchez for ‘Another Chance’; Radiohead for ‘Knives Out’; and Yann Tiersen for ‘La Valse d’Amélie‘.

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Spiritualized – I Didn’t Mean To Hurt You (2001)

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The emotional ‘I Didn’t Mean To Hurt You’ is off the 2001 LP Let It Come Down by Spiritualized. Jason Pierce’s space rock is tempered in favour of a lush, sweeping orchestral sound. And to top it off, one YouTuber’s master stroke was to combine the song with the closing scene of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris. Emotional indeed.

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Mansun – Wide Open Space (1996)

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Now I’m getting carried away … one more rock out before miscellany returns. 1997 was an astonishing year for British bands.  Radiohead, Spiritualized, The Verve, Supergrass and Prodigy would all release their defining albums – a creative nirvana that drew the best out of all those around. Mansun’s debut long player, Attack of the Grey Lantern, was one such treat. Opening with cinematic/John Barry overtures of ‘The Chad Who Loved Me’, the unconventional album built up impressively to the glory of ‘Wide Open Space’, which had been released as a single a year earlier. Paul Oakenfold would go on to chop up Paul Draper’s distinctive voice and darkly comic lyrics into a crossover dance anthem.

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Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space (1997)

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After the demise of Spacemen 3, Jason Pierce waited a while before reaching the same lauded heights. It came in 1997 with the release of the absurdly named long player Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space. The songs were written after Pierce’s separation from Kate Radley, Spiritualized’s keyboard player, who had left him for The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft. This was a good thing for music fans. Ashcroft’s new found domestic bliss brought about ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’. Pierce’s heartbreak brought about this dreamlike mix of musical styles. The title track is a perfect example. They would call this Dream Pop today. Have a great weekend.

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