Formed in Rugby, UK in 1982, psychedelic trippy trio, The Spacemen 3, were one of the most influential bands of the pre-shoegaze movement. While not revolutionary in sound, the band took the best bits of every musical genre and swirled it into a wall of distortion that including 60's acid house, blues and garage rock. The space rock outfit that fueled its career on bombastic drums, heavy guitar feedback, droning vocals, flashy strobe lights and big superstar egos, consisted of Jason "J. Spaceman" Pierce, Peter "Sonic Boom" Kember and Pete "Bassman" Bain. The band's philosophy was simply, "Minimal is Maximal," often using the metaphor "taking drugs to make music to take drugs to." This motto sounds like a confusing concept to the common man, but somehow feeds the beast of a rock star. After nearly a decade and five albums in, Pierce and Ember called it quits after clashing wits. Pierce went on to form the successful shoegaze band, Spirtualized; while Ember founded the spacey groups, Spectrum and E.A.R.