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Warts 'n All Tale of Rugby's own MC5
on October 27, 2005
From Uncut Magazine: At their peak Spacemen 3 could probably outdrug The Happy Mondays at the Drug Olympics. Indeed, the author thoughtfully includes an inventory of gear, both electrical and pharmaceutical, at the outset, butane and methamphetamine being as crucial to the Spacemen oeuvre as the Casio, the Korg and the Vox Tone Bender. It's a typically small town English tale of well bred young hedonists transcending their environment and their record collection to become one of the most spellbinding and influential noise bands of the late 1980s.
All the more remarkable, then, that the author is based in New York. Aside from a couple of minor lapses - "pissed" for "pissed off", that kind of thing - you would have assumed he'd spent his life thumbing a ride between The Old Five Bells Northampton and the Rugby methadone clinic, so accurately rendered is the local colour. The central characters, Jason Pierce and Pete "Sonic" Kember, are compellingly drawn, and as destined to fall out it seems as Richard Hell and Tom Verlaine. And while you get the impression that Morse was able to gain Sonic's trust more readily than Jason's, he's to be congratulated for conveying every last addled nuance of this utterly captivating story.