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Spiritualized
Origin Rugby, England
Genre(s) Space Rock
Indie rock
Years active 1990-present
Label(s) Dedicated Records
Arista Records
Website http://www.spiritualized.com/
Members
Jason Pierce
Tom Edwards
Doggen
Thighpaulsandra
John Coxon
Former members
Will Carruthers
Jonny Mattock
Mark Refoy
Kate Radley
Sean Cook
Mike Mooney
Gregg Hale
Damon Reece
Ray Dickaty
Kevin 'Kevlar' Bales

Spiritualized are an English rock band formed in 1990 in Rugby, Warwickshire by Jason Pierce (who often goes by the alias J. Spaceman) after the demise of his previous outfit, space-rockers Spacemen 3. The membership of Spiritualized has changed from album to album, with Pierce - who writes, composes and sings all of the band's material - being the only constant member. Spiritualized have released five studio albums. The best known and most critically acclaimed of these was 1997's Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, which NME Magazine made their Album of the Year. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Rugby is a market town in the county of Warwickshire in the West Midlands of England, on the River Avon. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For space rocks, see asteroid. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Dedicated Records is acquired by Arista Records. ... Arista redirects here. ... Jason pierce(born 19 November 1965 Rugby, England, UK ) the band member of spaceman 3 and spiritualized. ... Tom Edwards is an English musician. ... Thighpaulsandra (Tim Lewis) is a Welsh experimental musician known mostly for performing on synthesizers and keyboards. ... For John Coxon the pirate, see John Coxon (pirate) For the English musician, see the Spring Heel Jack Category: ... Will Carruthers playing his £70 Encore electro-acoustic guitar. ... [1]Jon Mattock is a drummer and percussionist from Northampton who is/has been a member of, or played with, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Lupine Howl, Slipstream, Massive Attack, Freelovebabies, The Breeders, Coffee, Age of Obsession and many more. ... Slipstream were formed in 1994 after Mark Refoy left Spiritualized. ... Kate Radley (born February 19, 1965) was the keyboard player for the British post-rock and shoegaze band Spiritualized, and was, for part of her tenure with the band, in a serious longterm relationship with the bands frontman and principal creative force, Jason Pierce. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Rugby is a market town in the county of Warwickshire in the West Midlands of England, on the River Avon. ... Jason pierce(born 19 November 1965 Rugby, England, UK ) the band member of spaceman 3 and spiritualized. ... Spacemen 3 were an English rock band who formed in 1982 and whose career spanned from the post-punk to acid house eras. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ... Every December, British music magazine NME compiles a list of what it considers the best albums of the year. ...

Contents

Biography

Jason Pierce, 1998

Following a major breakdown in relations between Spacemen 3 co-frontmen Peter Kember and Jason Pierce, the group's bassist Will Carruthers, drummer Jonny Mattock and guitarist Mark Refoy decided to form a splinter group, before persuading Pierce to join alongside local friend Steve Evans to create Spiritualized. The band took their name from an adaptation of the text on the back label of a bottle of Pernod. Due to formation from a majority of Spacemen 3 members, a technical clause meant that Spiritualized had to maintain the Spacemen 3 recording contract with Dedicated Records. Peter Kember (born 19 November 1965) is a British musician, more usually known as Sonic Boom. ... Jason pierce(born 19 November 1965 Rugby, England, UK ) the band member of spaceman 3 and spiritualized. ... [1]Jon Mattock is a drummer and percussionist from Northampton who is/has been a member of, or played with, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Lupine Howl, Slipstream, Massive Attack, Freelovebabies, The Breeders, Coffee, Age of Obsession and many more. ... Slipstream were formed in 1994 after Mark Refoy left Spiritualized. ... Pernod Ricard is a French company producing alcoholic beverages. ... Spacemen 3 were an English rock band who formed in 1982 and whose career spanned from the post-punk to acid house eras. ... Dedicated Records is acquired by Arista Records. ...


The first Spiritualized release, in 1990, was a cover of The Troggs' "Anyway That You Want Me"; the record heralded the official split of Spacemen 3 following contractual wrangles over the band's name and its use in Spiritualized-related promotional material (initial copies of "Anyway That You Want Me" came with a Spacemen 3 logo on the sleeve). The Troggs were a successful English rock band of the 1960s, who had a number of hits in Britain and America, including their most famous song, Wild Thing. The Troggs were from the town of Andover in southern England. ...


Evans was replaced on keyboards by Pierce's then-girlfriend Kate Radley for the follow-up single, "Run"/"I Want You". A number of singles followed, before the band, in early 1992, released their first LP Lazer Guided Melodies, which had been recorded in Rugby over the previous two years. A second album, Pure Phase, was released in 1995, and a third Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space emerged in 1997 to notable critical acclaim and commercial success. Kate Radley (born February 19, 1965) was the keyboard player for the British post-rock and shoegaze band Spiritualized, and was, for part of her tenure with the band, in a serious longterm relationship with the bands frontman and principal creative force, Jason Pierce. ... Lazer Guided Melodies is the first album by the British rock group Spiritualized; it was first released in March 1992. ... Third album by space rockers Spiritualized, released in 1995, and credited as Spiritualized Electric Mainline. Tracklisting Medication The Slide Song Electric Phase All Of My Tears These Blues Let It Flow Take Good Care Of It Born, Never Asked Electric Mainline Lay Back In The Sun Good Times Pure Phase... Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, the third studio album by Spiritualized, was released in June, 1997. ...


The musical style of Spiritualized relies heavily on sustained 'pedal' notes and drones. Lazer Guided Melodies and Pure Phase incorporate elements of the shoegazing style, drones and tremolo. The landmark Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space saw the influence of African-American gospel and blues beginning to show, while "walls of sound" modelled after the production styles of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson also made their presence felt. Such influences dominated Spiritualized's next album, Let It Come Down which included over 120 musicians. Amazing Grace favoured a more stripped down sound with the gospel, blues, and soul influences even more dominant than before. Pedal tones are special notes in the harmonic series of cylindrical-bore brass instruments. ... Lazer Guided Melodies is the first album by the British rock group Spiritualized; it was first released in March 1992. ... Third album by space rockers Spiritualized, released in 1995, and credited as Spiritualized Electric Mainline. Tracklisting Medication The Slide Song Electric Phase All Of My Tears These Blues Let It Flow Take Good Care Of It Born, Never Asked Electric Mainline Lay Back In The Sun Good Times Pure Phase... Shoegazing (also known as shoegaze or shoegazer; practitioners referred to as shoegazers) is a genre of alternative rock that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. ... Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, the third studio album by Spiritualized, was released in June, 1997. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... For other uses, see Gospel (disambiguation). ... Blues music redirects here. ... Harvey Philip Spector (born December 26, 1939) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. ... For other persons named Brian Wilson, see Brian Wilson (disambiguation). ... -1... Amazing Grace is the name of a 2003 album by the British rock band Spiritualized, so named to indicate its considerable gospel influence. ...


After several years of work and a serious illness on Pierce's part in July 2005 [1], the forthcoming Spiritualized album was completed in September 2007 and is scheduled for an early 2008 release. [2] Pierce has also scored Harmony Korine's 2008 film Mister Lonely. ' On 21 February 2008, it was announced that the latest Spiritualized album is to be titled Songs in A&E and will contain 18 tracks. It will be released on May 26, 2008 in the UK, and on May 27, 2008 in the US. The first single from the album will be "Soul On Fire". The release will be backed by an Electric Mainlines UK tour in May. Harmony Korine Harmony Korine (born January 4, 1973) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and author. ... This is the third film by Harmony Korine, to debut in 2007 at Cannes. ...


Pierce is quoted as saying in a 2008 interview that Spiritualized was scheduled to play the CERN collider. "They asked us to do it! We were gonna play in it before they’d thrown the switch. But it was a timing thing—their timings didn’t coincide with ours."[3] CERN logo The European Organization for Nuclear Research (French: ), commonly known as CERN (see Naming), pronounced (or in French), is the worlds largest particle physics laboratory, situated just northwest of Geneva on the border between France and Switzerland. ...


Band members

Jason Pierce, 1998

Only Pierce remains from the original line-up of the band. Will Carruthers left the band in 1992 and now records as a solo project under the name Freelovebabies, Carruthers was replaced by Rugby musician Sean Cook from local band Electrahead. Mark Refoy departed in 1994 to concentrate on his own fronted band Slipstream. He was initially replaced by Kevin Cowen from fellow Rugby band The Darkside, before Cowen himself left to be replaced first by John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack, Betty Boo) and then later on by Julian Cope's former guitarist Michael Mooney (Coxon returned to replace Mooney following his eventual departure). Mattock played in The Breeders for a spell (during a lull in Spiritualized activities in 1991, he appears on the Safari EP) and left Spiritualized later in 1994 following the recording of Pure Phase, working as a session musician before joining Lupine Howl, he was replaced by Damon Reece. Kate Radley appeared for some initial dates promoting Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, before leaving the band in 1997 with a reported unspecified illness. ( Radley had married The Verve's singer Richard Ashcroft in 1995, however after a period apart, she had returned to Ashcroft by the time of her illness). Kate was replaced by Thighpaulsandra from Julian Cope's band Queen Elizabeth. Sax player Ray 'Moonshake' Dickaty was added to the lineup in 1997, and Gregg Hale (guitar) also augmented the band in 1997 and 1998. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Will Carruthers playing his £70 Encore electro-acoustic guitar. ... Slipstream were formed in 1994 after Mark Refoy was dismissed from the inaugural line-up of Spiritualized. ... The Darkside was one of several bands to emerge following the break-up of Spacemen 3 and adhered to a dark psychedelic yet more overtly pop-orientated template than their progenitor. ... See also Spring Heeled Jack (Paranormal phenomena). ... Julian Cope (born Julian David Cope, on 21 October 1957) is a British rock musician, author, antiquary, musicologist, and poet who came to prominence in 1978 as the singer and songwriter in Liverpool post-punk band The Teardrop Explodes. ... The Breeders are an American rock band, formed in 1977 as a folk rock duo featuring twin sisters Kim and Kelley Deal of Dayton, Ohio which played country covers at truck stops and bars and dissipated in the early 80s, only to be revived as a side project in... Lupine Howl were a rock band formed in Bristol, England in 1999, by Sean Cook (vocalist, bassist), Mike Mooney (guitarist) and Damon Reece (born 16 February 1967) (drummer). ... Kate Radley (born February 19, 1965) was the keyboard player for the British post-rock and shoegaze band Spiritualized, and was, for part of her tenure with the band, in a serious longterm relationship with the bands frontman and principal creative force, Jason Pierce. ... Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, the third studio album by Spiritualized, was released in June, 1997. ... The Verve (originally Verve) are an English rock band formed in Wigan, Greater Manchester in 1989 at Winstanley Sixth Form College, by vocalist Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Nick McCabe, bassist Simon Jones, and drummer Peter Salisbury. ... Richard Paul Ashcroft is an English singer-songwriter born on September 11, 1971 in Billinge Maternity Hospital in Billinge Higher End, Lancashire (now part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester). ... Julian Cope (born Julian David Cope, on 21 October 1957) is a British rock musician, author, antiquary, musicologist, and poet who came to prominence in 1978 as the singer and songwriter in Liverpool post-punk band The Teardrop Explodes. ...


Following promotional activity for Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, Sean Cook, Damon Reece and Michael Mooney threatened a strike in protest over low salaries and appearance fees. New contracts of employment were drawn up between Pierce and the musicians, and the same contracts were then used to fire them (to general disbelief by the music press at the time). In response, Messrs Cook, Reece and Mooney formed the ill-starred Lupine Howl. Ray Dickaty departed in 2003, quitting to play in the free-jazz Solar Fire Trio. Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, the third studio album by Spiritualized, was released in June, 1997. ... Lupine Howl were a rock band formed in Bristol, England in 1999, by Sean Cook (vocalist, bassist), Mike Mooney (guitarist) and Damon Reece (born 16 February 1967) (drummer). ...


Retaining only keyboardist Thighpaulsandra (keyboards), Jason Pierce then debuted a new (and current) line up of Spiritualized, introducing classical percussionist Tom Edwards and former Julian Cope string arranger Martin Schellard on bass guitar. Completing the new Spiritualized line-up were guitarist Doggen of Brain Donor and the Julian Cope band, and drummer Kevin 'Kevlar' Bales, who is also ex-Julian Cope band. This line-up is currently has recently finished recording their newest album Songs In A&E in Nottingham and London. Thighpaulsandra (Tim Lewis) is a Welsh experimental musician known mostly for performing on synthesizers and keyboards. ... Julian Cope (born Julian David Cope, on 21 October 1957) is a British rock musician, author, antiquary, musicologist, and poet who came to prominence in 1978 as the singer and songwriter in Liverpool post-punk band The Teardrop Explodes. ... Brain Donor is a British band formed in 1999 by ex-Teardrop Explodes frontman Julian Cope, and Spiritualized members Kevin Bales and Doggen Foster. ... Julian Cope (born Julian David Cope, on 21 October 1957) is a British rock musician, author, antiquary, musicologist, and poet who came to prominence in 1978 as the singer and songwriter in Liverpool post-punk band The Teardrop Explodes. ... Julian Cope (born Julian David Cope, on 21 October 1957) is a British rock musician, author, antiquary, musicologist, and poet who came to prominence in 1978 as the singer and songwriter in Liverpool post-punk band The Teardrop Explodes. ...



Discography

Albums

Title Format Label Release Chartpos.
Lazer Guided Melodies 2LP/CD Dedicated Mar 92 UK #27
Fucked Up Inside LP/CD Dedicated Jun 93
Pure Phase Sampler 12"/2x12"/CD/Ltd.CD Dedicated Feb 95
Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space Cassette/2x12"/CD/Ltd.CD/12x3"CD Dedicated Mar 97 UK #4
Royal Albert Hall October 10, 1997 2LP/2CD Dedicated Oct 98 UK #38
Let It Come Down 2LP/CD/Ltd.CD Spacemen/Arista Sep 01 UK #3; US #133
Complete Works Vol. 1 2CD Spaceman/Arista Mar 03
Amazing Grace CD/LP/3x12” Sanctuary Aug 03 UK #25
Complete Works Vol. 2 2CD Spaceman/Arista Jan 04
Songs In A&E Universal, Sanctuary May 08

Lazer Guided Melodies is the first album by the British rock group Spiritualized; it was first released in March 1992. ... Fucked Up Inside is the name of a 1993 live album by the British experimental rock band Spiritualized. ... Third album by space rockers Spiritualized, released in 1995, and credited as Spiritualized Electric Mainline. Tracklisting Medication The Slide Song Electric Phase All Of My Tears These Blues Let It Flow Take Good Care Of It Born, Never Asked Electric Mainline Lay Back In The Sun Good Times Pure Phase... Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, the third studio album by Spiritualized, was released in June, 1997. ... Live album by space rock group Spiritualized from their 1997 tour of the United Kingdom, and was recorded during an October show at the Royal Albert Hall in London. ... -1... First volume of a two album set collecting the titular complete works by the space rock group Spiritualized, released in 2003. ... Amazing Grace is the name of a 2003 album by the British rock band Spiritualized, so named to indicate its considerable gospel influence. ... Second volume of a two album set of the titular complete works of space rock group Spiritualized, released in 2004. ...

All releases

Title Format Label Release Chartpos.
"Anyway That You Want Me" Promo 7"/7"/12"/CD Dedicated Jun 90 UK #75
"Anyway That You Want Me" Remix 12" Dedicated Jul 90  
"Feel So Sad/I Want You" 7"/CD Fierce May 91
"Feel So Sad" 12"/CD Dedicated Jun 91  
 
"Run/I Want You" 7"/12"/CD Dedicated Aug 91 UK #59
"Smile/Sway" 7"/12"/CD Dedicated Nov 91  
"Run/Angel Sigh" Promo CD Dedicated Mar 92
"Feel So Bad" Promo CD Dedicated Mar 92  
"I Want You" 7"/CD Dedicated Mar 92
Lazer Guided Melodies 2LP/CD Dedicated Mar 92 UK #27
 
"Medication" 7”/12"/CD Dedicated Jul 92 UK #55
Fucked Up Inside LP/CD Dedicated Jun 93
"Smiles/100 Bars" 7" Flexi Dedicated Jun 93
"Good Dope, Good Fun" 7" Greenpeace Records Oct 93  
"Electric Mainline EP" 7"/12"/CD Dedicated Oct 93 UK #49  
 
"Let It Flow" Promo CD/10"/CD1/CD2/CD3 Dedicated Jan 95 UK #30
Pure Phase Sampler 12"/2x12"/CD/Ltd.CD Dedicated Feb 95 UK #20
"Lay Back In The Sun" Promo CD/7"/CD Dedicated Sep 95  
"Anyway That You Want Me" 7" Sub-Pop Oct 95  
"Pure Phase Tones For DJs" 12" Dedicated Feb 96  
 
Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space Cassette/2x12"/CD/Ltd.CD/12x3"CD Dedicated Mar 97 UK #4
"Broken Heart" Promo CD Dedicated Jul 97  
"Electricity" Promo CD/7”/CD1/CD2 Dedicated Aug 97 UK #32
"Supplementary Dosage EP" CD Arista/Dedicated Oct 97  
"I Think I'm In Love" Promo 12"/CD Arista/Dedicated Nov 97
"I Think I'm In Love" 12"/CD Dedicated Feb 98 UK #27
"Come Together" Promo CD Arista/Dedicated Mar 98
"Abbey Road EP" 12"/CD Deconstruction Jun 98 UK #39
"Abbey Road EP" CD (Germany) Deconstruction Aug 98
"Abbey Road EP" CD Arista/Dedicated Aug 98  
"Come Together Remix Single" 12" Dedicated Aug 98
Live At The Royal Albert Hall Promo CD 4-track album sampler Dedicated Spirit017CDP LC 8280 1998
Royal Albert Hall October 10, 1997 2LP/2CD Dedicated Oct 98 UK #38
"Electricity/Come Together" DVD Arista Dec 00  
 
"Stop Your Crying" Promo CD/12”/CD Spaceman Aug 01 UK #18
Let It Come Down 2LP/CD/Ltd.CD Spacemen/Arista Sep 01 UK #3; US #133
"Out Of Sight" 12"/CD Spaceman Nov 01 UK #65
"Do It All Over Again" 7"/CD1/CD2 Spaceman Feb 02 UK #31
"KFSD Presents The First-Ever Spiritualized Radio Session" Promo CD Spaceman Apr 02
 
"Amazing Grace" 12" Spaceman Nov 02  
Complete Works Vol. 1 2CD Spaceman/Arista Mar 03  
Amazing Grace CD/LP/3x12” Sanctuary Aug 03 UK #25
"She Kissed Me (It Felt Like A Hit)" 12"/CD Sanctuary Sep 03 UK #38
"Cheapster" 7" Sanctuary Jan 04  
Complete Works Vol. 2 2CD Spaceman/Arista Jan 04  

Lazer Guided Melodies is the first album by the British rock group Spiritualized; it was first released in March 1992. ... Fucked Up Inside is the name of a 1993 live album by the British experimental rock band Spiritualized. ... Third album by space rockers Spiritualized, released in 1995, and credited as Spiritualized Electric Mainline. Tracklisting Medication The Slide Song Electric Phase All Of My Tears These Blues Let It Flow Take Good Care Of It Born, Never Asked Electric Mainline Lay Back In The Sun Good Times Pure Phase... Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, the third studio album by Spiritualized, was released in June, 1997. ... Live album by space rock group Spiritualized from their 1997 tour of the United Kingdom, and was recorded during an October show at the Royal Albert Hall in London. ... -1... First volume of a two album set collecting the titular complete works by the space rock group Spiritualized, released in 2003. ... Amazing Grace is the name of a 2003 album by the British rock band Spiritualized, so named to indicate its considerable gospel influence. ... Second volume of a two album set of the titular complete works of space rock group Spiritualized, released in 2004. ...

References

  1. ^ Spiritualized Star Hospitalised | News | Nme.Com
  2. ^ http://www.nme.com/news/spiritualized/31174"
  3. ^ April 2008 Interview with L.A. Record

External links

  • Spiritualized Homepage
  • Official Spiritualized MySpace page
  • Photo Gallery From NYC Performance @ The Apollo 11.23.07

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