1987, Music

The Perfect Prescription (1987) by Spacemen 3

Programmic music is often hard for, whether it’s some Romantic composer trying to conjure up a storm or a picnic, or someone trying to show me what a drug trip is like, I often find the concept unnecessary to my enjoyment of the music.

And I find the idea that this record is a drug trip to be unhelpful. Maybe I’ve only used the wrong drugs,but I just don’t see it…pardon me, I just don’t hear it.

The music is, in most cases, what I was excepting: text book late ’80s spacey neo-psychedelia with maybe a bit more variety than I was expecting.

Having come to this band through Spiritualized, I cannot help but hear echoes of that later band on a number of these tracks, and even more so than I heard on Spacemen’s final record. And, I gotta say, that doesn’t really heighten my appreciation of Spiritualized. I get that artists have their thing and all, but some of this basically just sounds like a rough, garagey run through of ideas later developed.

But, on the whole, it’s fine listening (if a little too easy to put in the background) and it feels as though these guys have a better grasp on what they are trying to convey than a lot of the spacey neo-psych bands of the era (I’m looking at you ’80s Flaming Lips), even if I don’t buy the high concept.


All tracks written by Pierce, Sonic Boom, except where noted.

  1. “Take Me to the Other Side” 4:40
  2. “Walkin’ with Jesus” 5:03
  3. “Ode to Street Hassle” 3:54
  4. “Ecstasy Symphony” 1:54
  5. “Transparent Radiation (Flashback)” (Barthelme, Cunningham, Thompson) 9:03
  6. “Feel So Good” 5:24
  7. “Things’ll Never Be the Same” 5:58
  8. “Come Down Easy” 6:42
  9. “Call the Doctor” 3:45
  • Sonic Boom – guitar, vocals, tremolo, organ
  • Jason – guitar, vocals, organ, Farfisa organ
  • Bassman – bass
  • Rosco – drums, percussion

Additional Personnel

  • Alex Green – saxophone
  • Mick Manning – trumpet
  • Owen John – violin

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