The associated English artists Spacemen 3, Sonic Boom/Spectrum, and Spiritualized (the best-known/most commercially successful of the trio) all explored otherworldly imagery and themes, often pharmacologically inspired. The Spiritualized albums Lazer Guided Melodies (1992) and especially Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Now Floating in Space (1997) epitomise these qualities. Among their contemporaries categorised as ‘shoegazers’, the band Slowdive ventured into similar territory with their second album, 1993’s Souvlaki, including collaborations with Brian Eno and the ambient-inspired ‘Souvlaki Space Station’.
Finally, a song that stands alone: Pop Will Eat Itself’s ‘X, Y and Zee’, 1991’s slice of ‘intergalactic punk rock hip hop’. Singer Clint Mansell later became a film composer, with credits including the soundtrack to Moon, directed by Duncan Jones in 2009.
Ash, ‘Girl from Mars’ (1995): Design – Carnage; Other [Girl from Mars] – Sarah From Islington; Photography – Roger Sargent
Luna, Lunapark (1992): Art Direction – Laurie Henzel; Studio Photography – Macioce
Pixies, Bossanova (1990): Art Direction, Design – Vaughan Oliver / v23; Artwork [Globe] – Pirate Design; Photography – Simon Larbastier; Design Assistance – Chris Bigg
Sonic Boom, Spectrum (1990): Artwork [Commercial Art] – Sonic, T + CP London; Lacquer Cut By – Porky; Photography [Sonic] – Steve Double; Photography– Andy Earl
Spiritualized, Lazer Guided Melodies (1992): Original Artwork – Mr Ugly; Logo Design – Albert Tupelo; Design – Andrew Sutton for Blue Source; Model Maker – Gavin Lindsay; Photography – Pete Gardner
Stereolab, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music (1993): Design – Magic Glue
Stereolab, Mars Audiac Quintet (1994): Layout – Trouble; Photography – Peter Morris