14 Songs, 1 Hour 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first seven songs on Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To comprise the demo tape that secured Spacemen 3 their deal with Glass. Recorded in January of 1986, these are meaner, more subterranean versions of songs that were later re-recorded for the band’s debut, Sound of Confusion. Both Pete Kember and Jason Pierce later expressed the opinion that these early demos were superior to the official versions. Certainly, the definitive version of the anthem “The Sound of Confusion” is the one included here. Propelled by an aortic drum beat, roiling guitar, and a battle cry from Sonic Boom, the song is an unnerving, but uplifting, celebration of drug-induced schizophrenia. This release adds several alternate versions that differ only slightly from the originals, and should only be of interest to diehard fans. Caught between the fuzz is an essential cover of Bo Diddley’s “It’s Alright.” It shows these Stooges-obsessed teenagers reaching for gospel even in their thorny protean years.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first seven songs on Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To comprise the demo tape that secured Spacemen 3 their deal with Glass. Recorded in January of 1986, these are meaner, more subterranean versions of songs that were later re-recorded for the band’s debut, Sound of Confusion. Both Pete Kember and Jason Pierce later expressed the opinion that these early demos were superior to the official versions. Certainly, the definitive version of the anthem “The Sound of Confusion” is the one included here. Propelled by an aortic drum beat, roiling guitar, and a battle cry from Sonic Boom, the song is an unnerving, but uplifting, celebration of drug-induced schizophrenia. This release adds several alternate versions that differ only slightly from the originals, and should only be of interest to diehard fans. Caught between the fuzz is an essential cover of Bo Diddley’s “It’s Alright.” It shows these Stooges-obsessed teenagers reaching for gospel even in their thorny protean years.

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