Just say no. That has always been Jason Pierce’s tactic when asked to talk drugs. Invited to take them, Spiritualized’s leader chooses a different line, this album suggests. What’s that he’s singing on ‘Come Together’? “Little J’s a fucking mess but when he’s offered just says YES”.

It’s no surprise. Pierce is a veteran of Spacemen 3: masters of the unsubtle drug reference who titled an early song ‘OD Catastrophe’. They weren’t posing, either. In Erik Morse’s band biography, Creation Records supremo Alan McGee declares: “The only band that took
more drugs than Spacemen 3 were Happy Mondays.”

With Spiritualized, Pierce reached new commercial heights – but old habits die hard. Packaged like medicine, ‘Ladies And Gentlemen...’ teems with narcotic allusions: to scary hallucinogen DMT, “my spike in my arm and my spoon” , “breakfast right off of a mirror”, and “a hole in my arm where all the money goes”. Sensing any patterns here?


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