Thursday, December 07, 2006

From the scrummage

The town of Rugby gave us the sport that bears the same name, and Jason Pierce.

According to the tall tales: Back in 1823, William Webb Ellis invented rugby in the town -- a boy "who with a fine disregard for the rules as played in his time, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it." That's a load of hooey, though; about as accurate as the stories I heard regarding a chap named Abner Doubleday who invented the sport of baseball one fine afternoon in Elihu Phinney's cow pasture.

What we can say, however, is that Jason Pierce is most certainly a man with a "fine disregard for the rules as played in his time." He formed the band Spaceman 3 with fellow Rugbeian Pete Kember in 1982. Between 1986 and 1991, while the listening public was ga ga over C86 and baggy, the group released five albums worth of dreamy, layered, guitar-driven psychedelia. Take that listening public!

And yes, I know this doesn't exactly qualify as the typical guitar pop fare I usually deliver unto you. Let's make exceptions, okay?

Crank it up for: "Ecstasy Symphony/Transparent Radiation (Flashback)" and "Take Me To The Other Side."