Spectrum (4)

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Band started by Pete Kember a.k.a. Sonic Boom (2) after Spacemen 3. Kember recruited new musicians Richard Formby, who had previously contributed guitar and keyboards to Sonic Boom's side of the final Spacemen 3 album Spacemen 3 - Recurring (1990) and Mike Stout for the group Spectrum in 1991. Initial Spectrum releases carried on from the sound of late-period Spacemen 3, featuring conventional songs and a regular band. 1991's "How You Satisfy Me" single was an original composition by Kember and Formby reminiscent of 1960s garage bands, based as it was upon the Chip Taylor-penned pop hit "Can't Let Go". 1992's "Soul Kiss (Glide Divine)" debut album was split between songs and longer experimental pieces featuring drones and repetition. Another single from the album, a cover version of Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You In The End" reached number 70 on the UK singles charts. Formby departed the band as soon as the album was released and Stout left not long after. 'Highs, Lows and Heavenly Blows' (1994) featured a new line-up including former Spacemen 3 bass player Pete Bassman (Pete Bain), was also mainly song-oriented. Since 1996 the Spectrum name has been used for Kember's solo work, sometimes with Bain and with recording engineer / musician Alf Hardy. The music made with Bain and Hardy was often in the same vein as Experimental Audio Research (E.A.R.), reflecting an increased interest in vintage analogue synthesizers, especially those made by EMS. After issuing 1997's "Forever Alien" album, there were no further releases of new material under the Spectrum moniker until the Spectrum (4) Meets Captain Memphis - Indian Giver collaboration with Jim Dickinson in 2008. Kember has also worked with Füxa's Randall Nieman. During 2008-11, a four-piece Spectrum toured extensively in America and Europe. This included providing main support for the 2008 reformation tour of My Bloody Valentine, and a performance at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in May 2011.
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Albums

01241-41501-4 Spectrum (4) - Soul Kiss (Glide Divine) album art Spectrum (4) Soul Kiss (Glide Divine) (Album) Silvertone Records 01241-41501-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
ORE CD 532 Spectrum (4) - Highs, Lows And Heavenly Blows album art Spectrum (4) Highs, Lows And Heavenly Blows (Album) Silvertone Records ORE CD 532 UK 1994 Sell This Version
ORBIT 008 LP Spectrum (4) - Forever Alien album art Spectrum (4) Forever Alien (Album) Space Age Recordings ORBIT 008 LP UK 1997 Sell This Version
ORBIT 016CD Spectrum (4) - A Lake Of Teardrops album art Spectrum (4) & Silver Apples Spectrum (4) & Silver Apples - A Lake Of Teardrops (Album, MiniAlbum) Space Age Recordings ORBIT 016CD UK 1999 Sell This Version
ORBIT 017 CD Spectrum (4) - Interface / Come Out To Play album art Spectrum (4) / The Imajinary Friends Spectrum (4) / The Imajinary Friends - Interface / Come Out To Play(CD, Album, Spl) Space Age Recordings ORBIT 017 CD UK 1999 Sell This Version
none Spectrum (4) - Live Chronicles Vol.1 album art Spectrum (4) Live Chronicles Vol.1 Space Age Recordings none UK 2001 Sell This Version
none Spectrum (4) - Live Chronicles Vol 2 Tokyo Edition album art Spectrum (4) Live Chronicles Vol 2 Tokyo Edition (Comp, Album) Space Age Recordings none UK 2001 Sell This Version
BMR105 Spectrum (4) - Indian Giver album art Spectrum (4) Meets Captain Memphis Spectrum (4) Meets Captain Memphis - Indian Giver (Album) Birdman Records BMR105 US 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SONIC 2 Spectrum (4) - (I Love You) To The Moon & Back album art Spectrum (4) (I Love You) To The Moon & Back Silvertone Records SONIC 2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
TT015-E Spectrum (4) - Independent 20 album art Moonshake / Spectrum (4) Moonshake / Spectrum (4) - Independent 20 Beechwood Music TT015-E UK 1992 Sell This Version
ORE T 41 Spectrum (4) - How You Satisfy Me album art Spectrum (4) How You Satisfy Me (Single) Silvertone Records ORE T 41 UK 1992 Sell This Version
ORE CD 44 Spectrum (4) - True Love Will Find You In The End album art Spectrum (4) True Love Will Find You In The End (Single) Silvertone Records ORE CD 44 UK 1992 Sell This Version
SFTRI 209 Spectrum (4) - Super Sympathy Spectrum Stocking Stuffer! album art Spectrum (4) / The Field Trip Spectrum (4) / The Field Trip - Super Sympathy Spectrum Stocking Stuffer!(7") Sympathy For The Record Industry SFTRI 209 US 1992 Sell This Version
ORE 56 Spectrum (4) - Indian Summer album art Spectrum (4) Indian Summer (EP, Single) Silvertone Records ORE 56 UK 1993 Sell This Version
ORE T 65 Spectrum (4) - Undo The Taboo album art Spectrum (4) Undo The Taboo (EP) Silvertone Records ORE T 65 UK 1994 Sell This Version
SFTRI 278 Spectrum (4) - California Lullabye album art Spectrum (4) California Lullabye(10") Sympathy For The Record Industry SFTRI 278 US 1994 Sell This Version
ORE P 56 Spectrum (4) - Split album art Spectrum (4) / Stereolab Spectrum (4) / Stereolab - Split(7", Ltd, Num) Silvertone Records ORE P 56 UK 1995 Sell This Version
9 46303-2 Spectrum (4) - Songs For Owsley album art Spectrum (4) Songs For Owsley (EP) Reprise Records 9 46303-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
ORBIT 003CD Spectrum (4) - A Pox On You album art Spectrum (4) & Jessamine Spectrum (4) & Jessamine - A Pox On You(CD, EP) Space Age Recordings, 3rd Stone ORBIT 003CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
ORBIT 010 CD Spectrum (4) - Feels Like I'm Slipping Away album art Spectrum (4) Feels Like I'm Slipping Away(CD, Maxi) Space Age Recordings ORBIT 010 CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
ME-2017 Spectrum (4) - War Sucks album art Spectrum (4) War Sucks (EP) Mind Expansion ME-2017 US 2009 Sell This Version
GPS54 Spectrum (4) - Words May Shatter album art Spectrum (4), Tim 'Love' Lee*, Captain Memphis Spectrum (4), Tim 'Love' Lee*, Captain Memphis - Words May Shatter(7", Pic) The Great Pop Supplement GPS54 UK 2010 Sell This Version
GPS68 Spectrum (4) - Mary / Red Moon album art Spectrum (4), Cheval Sombre Spectrum (4), Cheval Sombre - Mary / Red Moon(7", Ltd, Whi) The Great Pop Supplement GPS68 UK 2011 Sell This Version
GPS100 Spectrum (4) - Split album art Spectrum (4) / Spacemen 3 / MGMT Spectrum (4) / Spacemen 3 / MGMT - Split(7", Ltd) The Great Pop Supplement GPS100 UK 2013 Sell This Version

Compilations

SFTRI 493 Spectrum (4) - What Came Before After album art Sonic Boom (2) & Spectrum (4) Sonic Boom (2) & Spectrum (4) - What Came Before After(CD, Comp) Sympathy For The Record Industry SFTRI 493 US 1997 Sell This Version