I used to love Spacemen 3 - I thought they were one of the bands of the late 1980s.
There was always the impression that they were looking to do something different, to find a sound that had never been created before. Even their cover versions (such as Transparent Radiation) sounded innovative. One of the few bands at the 1989 Reading festival that did not disappoint me, I think I bought every album and even a fanzine "The Outer Limits".
The two main figures in the band were Jason Spaceman and Peter Kember (known as Sonic Boom). Kember was seen as the most talented, although he got a lot of stick for allegedly advocating heroin in some interviews. Spacemen 3 split up due to the famed "personal differences", something apparently made worse by Jason's insistence he had to visit a friend in London each weekend, when in fact he was travelling down to shag his friends missus whilst he was at work!!!!
I assumed little more would be heard from him, but his band, Spiritualised, went on to be an enourmous success. Sonic Boom founded Spectrum, and went in a more experimental vein. I thought Spectrum would be far bigger than they eventually became - a gig I saw in Birmingham was packed - but I suspect the music was a tad too brave for some. After the "Soul Kiss - Glide Devine" LP I heard little from Sonic Boom again, and to be honest rather lost my own interest in music for many years.
Last week I was playing about on the Internet, and found Sonic Boom's website. From the experimental nature of the site (based on an early computer programme from 1968) right down to the links to like minded individuals, it is everything you might have hoped for.
Tune in, turn on, drop out!