Playing with Fire album cover
Playing with Fire

Spacemen 3

1989
Fire Records

If The Perfect Prescription was the real launch into the stratosphere for Spacemen 3 then Playing With Fire is when they fully broke out of the atmosphere entirely, the band achieving as perfect a fusion as they possibly could for their minimal/maximal Stooges/gospel/Kraftwerk worship. Jason Pierce is audibly already looking towards where Spiritualized would end up on songs like “Lord Can You Hear Me?” while Sonic Boom fires up the obsessiveness on the grind of “Revolution,” and on “Suicide,” a nod to the famed aggro electronic duo, it’s pure exultant flow.

Ned Raggett

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