Recurring (album)

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Recurring
Spacemen 3 - Recurring.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 10, 1991
Recorded1990
GenreNeo-psychedelia
Length78:33 (international version)
LabelFire Records (UK) (original UK release)[1]
RCA Records (US)
Dedicated Records (Germany)
Space Age Recordings (2004 UK reissue)
ProducerPeter Kember/Jason Pierce
Spacemen 3 chronology
Playing with Fire
(1989)
Recurring
(1991)
Dreamweapon: An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention)[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[1]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide6/10[5]

Recurring is the fourth and final Spacemen 3 studio album, released in 1991, some time after the band had broken up.[6][7] By the time the album was recorded, relations between the band had soured to the extent that the record is in two parts – the first side by Peter Kember, and the second by Jason Pierce.[6][8]

The album includes "Hypnotized", a Pierce composition that was released as a single in the UK in 1989.[9][10]

Recurring peaked at No. 46 on the UK Albums Chart.[11]

Versions[edit]

The original UK vinyl pressing had only ten tracks, with shorter edits of two tracks. "Big City" was cut in half and "Billy Whizz" faded out before its "Blue 1" crescendo. The cassette release contained the same track listing but with full versions of all tracks.

"Just to See You Smile" originally appeared on the B-side of "Hypnotized", in an alternate mix listed as "Just to See You Smile (Honey Pt. 2)", owning up to the track's melodic affinity to the earlier Spacemen 3 tune "Honey". Elsewhere, "Why Couldn't I See" is another song whose main guitar riff is largely derived from the 45-minute improvisation Dreamweapon (the others were "Honey" and "How Does It Feel"); and "I Love You" features an uncredited sample of a Jan and Dean radio jingle for Coca-Cola (possibly written or cowritten by Brian Wilson, from 1963.)

When Tomorrow Hits[edit]

The only track on which both Pierce and Kember appear is "When Tomorrow Hits", a cover of a Mudhoney song.[9] It was originally intended for a double A-side split single, with Mudhoney covering "Revolution" from Playing With Fire. This release was scotched when Kember caught wind of the fact that Mudhoney had fitted "Revolution" with somewhat irreverent lyrics about methadone suppositories. The Mudhoney recording eventually surfaced as a b-side. There's a subtle continuity between both tracks, specifically duelling references to The Stooges; the Spacemen 3 track opens with the "look out!" invocation that began "Loose", and "When Tomorrow Hits" is mostly a rewrite of "I Wanna Be Your Dog".

Critical reception[edit]

Trouser Press called Recurring an "undated adaptation of ’60s folky acid-rock with elements of the Beatles, Stones and others" and a "lullingly pleasant album."[9] The New Rolling Stone Album Guide called the album "bad imitation acid house."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Original vinyl release (Fire FIRELP23)
No.TitleLength
1."Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here)" (edited version)4:45
2."Just To See You Smile (Orchestral Mix)"3:19
3."I Love You"5:32
4."Set Me Free / I've Got the Key"5:11
5."Set Me Free (Reprise)"1:50
6."Feel So Sad (Reprise)"2:46
7."Hypnotized"5:57
8."Sometimes"6:36
9."Feelin' Just Fine (Head Full of Shit)"4:33
10."Billy Whizz / Blue 1" (edited version)5:05
Original cassette release (FIRE MC23)
No.TitleLength
1."Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here)"10:50
2."Just to See You Smile (Orchestral mix)"3:19
3."I Love You"5:32
4."Set Me Free / I've Got the Key"5:11
5."Set Me Free (reprise)"1:50
6."Feel So Sad (reprise)"2:46
7."Hypnotized"5:57
8."Sometimes"6:36
9."Feelin' Just Fine (Head Full of Shit)"4:33
10."Billy Whizz / Blue 1"7:33
Original CD release (FIRE CD23)
No.TitleLength
1."Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here)"10:50
2."Just to See You Smile (Orchestral mix)"3:19
3."I Love You"5:32
4."Set Me Free / I've Got the Key"5:11
5."Set Me Free (reprise)"1:50
6."Why Couldn't I See"6:37
7."Just to See You Smile (instrumental)"3:19
8."When Tomorrow Hits"4:26
9."Feel So Sad (reprise)"2:46
10."Hypnotized"5:57
11."Sometimes"6:36
12."Feelin' Just Fine (Head Full of Shit)"4:33
13."Billy Whizz / Blue 1"7:33
14."Drive / Feel So Sad"5:34
15."Feelin' Just Fine (alternative mix)"4:30

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 7: MUZE. p. 635.CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ "Recurring - Spacemen 3 | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via www.allmusic.com.
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Spacemen 3". robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ a b The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. 2004. p. 763.
  5. ^ Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. 1995. p. 372.
  6. ^ a b "Spacemen 3 | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  7. ^ "TO THE OTHER SIDE - Record Collector Magazine".
  8. ^ Krakow, Steve. "Sonic Boom uses retro-futuristic psychedelia to explore today on his first album in three decades". Chicago Reader.
  9. ^ a b c "Spacemen 3". Trouser Press. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  10. ^ Buckley, Peter (January 19, 2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. ISBN 9781843531050 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ "SPACEMAN 3 | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com.