Jason Pierce has urged his fans NOT to buy Spacemen 3 albums on Saturday’s (22nd) Record Store Day event.
The band, formed by Pierce and Pete Kember, earned a cult following during the 80’s with iconic records like For All the Fucked Up Children of This World We Give You Spacemen 3, Sound of Confusion and Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To.
A falling out between Kember and Pierce resulted in the band splitting in 1991 and, as Record Store Day prepares to release three Spaceman 3 vinyls on Saturday, Pierce posted on his Spiritualized Facebook page to explain how a legal battle with former manager Gerald Palmer is resulting in a conflict of interests.
“We would seriously like to ask fans not to buy the Spacemen 3 releases and any merchandise that are being offered for sale on Record Store Day or any of the other Spacemen 3 releases and merchandise offered by Gerald Palmer on Space Age Recordings or any other subsidiary of that label, the statement read.
“We are currently in legal dispute with Gerald Palmer due to him depriving us of our rights in our music and other intellectual property rights relating to Spacemen 3. Any monies from those sales will go directly to him and help fund his side of the dispute.
“In short… PLEASE DON’T BUY OUR RECORDS FROM SPACE AGE RECORDINGS!
“Thanks for listening
“J Spaceman and Sonic Boom together t/a Spacemen 3”
Record Store Day currently have three listings of Spacemen 3 records due to be released for the event, they are:
Spacemen 3 – Playing With Fire
“Originally released in February 1989 and after having been out of print on vinyl for nearly 20 years Space Age Recordings are pleased to announce an official limited edition vinyl release of the third and penultimate studio album Playing with Fire by Spacemen 3.”
Spacemen 3 – For All The Fucked Up Children
“Space Age Recordings are pleased to announce the first official limited edition vinyl release of the album For All The Fucked Children Of This World We Give You Spacemen 3.”
Spacemen 3 – Recurring
“Space Age Recordings are pleased to announce an official limited edition vinyl release of the fourth and final Spacemen 3 studio album Recurring; the follow up to their seminal Playing with Fire album. ”