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    Early 90s British Psychedelic/Prog Rock

    Greetings PE,

    I rembember a few months ago there was a thread on which the discussion derailed from the main topic to a discussion about many british bands in the early 90s that explored a bit around psychdelic, electronica and progressive rock. Some band names mentioned were Ozric Tentacles, early Porcupine Tree, Richard Barbieri, The Orb, etc. Can you recommend some more bands in that syle? (I remember Kavus and Scrotum made some recommendations that sounded cool to explore)

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    Here you go:

    Soma - Epsilon (1991)
    Mandragora - Earthdance (1992)
    Omnia Opera - Red Shift (1996)
    The Magic Mushroom Band - Process of Illumination (1991)
    Praise Space Electric - 2 Leaving Demons (1994)
    Treatment - Cipher Caput (1993)
    Moonflowers - Colours and Sounds (1994)
    The Ectomorph - The Furious Sleeper (1991)
    Sun Dial - Other Way Out (1990)
    MooM - Bone Idol (1997)

    Start with these, and the ones in bold first.
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    BLIM were a band hailed from Birmingham. They released two cassettes Zero (1992) and No Frills (1993) before disbanded in 1994. In 2013, a double-CD "Zero/No Frills" with remastered original albums was released on their own.

    BLIM live in Birmingham, 1992





    AMORPHOUS ANDROGYNOUS is a moniker of Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans - best known as The Future Sound of London - that released Tales of Ephidrina CD in 1993, where they successfully merged spacey electronic music with psychedelic and progressive rock idioms.








    Although the heavy-psych quartette THE HEADS played a lot of gigs in Bristol's clubs in the first-half of the '90s, sadly they didn't released a full-length album before 1996 when their debut CD Relaxin' With... was released on Headhunter Records.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    Here you go:

    Soma - Epsilon (1991)
    Mandragora - Earthdance (1992)
    Omnia Opera - Red Shift (1996)
    The Magic Mushroom Band - Process of Illumination (1991)
    Praise Space Electric - 2 Leaving Demons (1994)
    Treatment - Cipher Caput (1993)
    Moonflowers - Colours and Sounds (1994)
    The Ectomorph - The Furious Sleeper (1991)
    Sun Dial - Other Way Out (1990)
    MooM - Bone Idol (1997)

    Start with these, and the ones in bold first.

    I can vouch for this super list.

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    Some other additions:

    SHAMEN - Drop
    BEVIS FROND - Inner marshland
    OPTIC EYE - Light side of the sun
    EVIL EDNA'S HORROR TOILET - Too much gristle in the blancmange
    WEBCORE - Webcore
    TERMINAL CHEESECAKE - King of all spaceheads
    DUKES OF STRATOSPHERE - Psonic psunspot
    ETHEREAL COUNTERBALANCE - Mellifluous confluence
    GREAT IMPERIAL YO-YO - Blink
    CROW - Medicine wheel
    DR. PHIBES & the HOUSE OF WAX EQUATIONS - Whirlpool
    MUTAGEN - Inner sense
    OMNIASPHERE - Surphing the Zuvuya
    OROONIES - Ee I Ee I O
    SPACE - Space
    ULLULATORS - Monads of Mangonia
    WOODEN BABY - Stuck in the mind cage
    CHEROKEE MIST - Anthem of the moon
    DEAD FLOWERS - Altered state circus
    FLYTE REACTION - Strawberry lip salvation
    DILLINGHAM, Todd - Sgt. Kipper
    HITCHCOCK, Robyn - Eye
    MOONDRAGON - Dream
    MYND MUSIC - Imagine this...
    OUTSKIRTS OF INFINITY - Scenes from the dreams of angels
    PAPERHOUSE - Spongy comestibles
    STROBE - Maya
    WOBBLE JAGGLE JIGGLE - Overflowing bowl of green jelly
    NUKLI - The time factory
    ROLAND, Paul - Masque
    MOONLOONIES - Detonator
    VEX - Frontiers and new technologies
    PSYCHOMUZAK - The exstasie
    ZUVUYA (with Terence McKenna) - Dream matrix telemetry
    SHIP OF FOOLS - Out there somewhere
    LOOP - A guilded eternity
    NINE INVISIBLES - Pureheadspace
    Mr. QUIMBY'S BEARD - The definitive unsolved mysteries of Mr. Quimby's beard
    CENSUS OF HALLUCINATIONS - Census of hallucinations
    KROMLEK - Inspirational floatation compilation
    PARADOX - Ecliptic
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    ...and on the more electronic side

    ALMAN MULO BAND - Afrodiziac dream time
    ASTRALASIA - The politics of ecstasy
    BANCO DE GAIA - Maya
    CHILDREN OF DUB - The silent pool
    CHILDREN OF THE BONG - Sirious sounds
    DIVINE SOMA EXPERIENCE - Welcome to the land of dragons
    DREADZONE - Second light
    LOOP GURU - Amrita
    MOOCH - Postvorta
    SPIRAL REALMS - Trip to G9
    SUNS OF ARQA - Jaggernaut: whirling dub
    TRANSGLOBAL UNDERGROUND - Dream of 100 nations
    TRIBAL DRIFT - Collective journeys
    TUU - One thousand years
    VOW - Vow
    WOOB - 1194
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    Not British, but if you like this stuff, you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you don't check out Arc Met:

    https://www.discogs.com/artist/82603...tural-Metaphor
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    I still find it puzzling how these can be as unkown:



    And this was -legendary- back in the day:



    "Improvisation is not an excuse for musical laziness" - Fred Frith
    "[...] things that we never dreamed of doing in Crimson or in any band that I've been in," - Tony Levin speaking of SGM

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    Moonflowers were an excellent band but somewhat lost in the haze, because they were erroneously mixed with the alt/indie crowd from the press of the era.
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    Other Way Out got a massive amount of run on the underground music networks at the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Other Way Out got a massive amount of run on the underground music networks at the time.
    It's apparently one of Thurston Moore's fave British rock albums from that time.
    "Improvisation is not an excuse for musical laziness" - Fred Frith
    "[...] things that we never dreamed of doing in Crimson or in any band that I've been in," - Tony Levin speaking of SGM

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    KREL were a space-rock band formed in 1989. They played gigs in Greater Manchester area in favour to promote their self-released debut cassette Who's Next On This (1991), including the gigs with Ozric Tentacles. In 1992, KREL released their second cassette entitled Dark Star and played with Hawkwind at their UK tour.
    KREL's Earth Zero (1993) cassette caused interest of an audience not only in Britain but also in Europe. In 1995, KREL released beautiful About Time (to Emit) cassette that became the basis of their CD debut. About Time (to Emit) has been reworked and released as CD "As Astra" in 1996 on Dead Earnest label.






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    I remember KREL. One of the most interesting spacerock bands of the 90s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    Here you go:

    Soma - Epsilon (1991)
    Mandragora - Earthdance (1992)
    Omnia Opera - Red Shift (1996)
    The Magic Mushroom Band - Process of Illumination (1991)
    Praise Space Electric - 2 Leaving Demons (1994)
    Treatment - Cipher Caput (1993)
    Moonflowers - Colours and Sounds (1994)
    The Ectomorph - The Furious Sleeper (1991)
    Sun Dial - Other Way Out (1990)
    MooM - Bone Idol (1997)

    Start with these, and the ones in bold first.
    Quote Originally Posted by spacefreak View Post
    Some other additions:

    SHAMEN - Drop
    BEVIS FROND - Inner marshland
    OPTIC EYE - Light side of the sun
    EVIL EDNA'S HORROR TOILET - Too much gristle in the blancmange
    WEBCORE - Webcore
    TERMINAL CHEESECAKE - King of all spaceheads
    DUKES OF STRATOSPHERE - Psonic psunspot
    ETHEREAL COUNTERBALANCE - Mellifluous confluence
    GREAT IMPERIAL YO-YO - Blink
    CROW - Medicine wheel
    DR. PHIBES & the HOUSE OF WAX EQUATIONS - Whirlpool
    MUTAGEN - Inner sense
    OMNIASPHERE - Surphing the Zuvuya
    OROONIES - Ee I Ee I O
    SPACE - Space
    ULLULATORS - Monads of Mangonia
    WOODEN BABY - Stuck in the mind cage
    CHEROKEE MIST - Anthem of the moon
    DEAD FLOWERS - Altered state circus
    FLYTE REACTION - Strawberry lip salvation
    DILLINGHAM, Todd - Sgt. Kipper
    HITCHCOCK, Robyn - Eye
    MOONDRAGON - Dream
    MYND MUSIC - Imagine this...
    OUTSKIRTS OF INFINITY - Scenes from the dreams of angels
    PAPERHOUSE - Spongy comestibles
    STROBE - Maya
    WOBBLE JAGGLE JIGGLE - Overflowing bowl of green jelly
    NUKLI - The time factory
    ROLAND, Paul - Masque
    MOONLOONIES - Detonator
    VEX - Frontiers and new technologies
    PSYCHOMUZAK - The exstasie
    ZUVUYA (with Terence McKenna) - Dream matrix telemetry
    SHIP OF FOOLS - Out there somewhere
    LOOP - A guilded eternity
    NINE INVISIBLES - Pureheadspace
    Mr. QUIMBY'S BEARD - The definitive unsolved mysteries of Mr. Quimby's beard
    CENSUS OF HALLUCINATIONS - Census of hallucinations
    KROMLEK - Inspirational floatation compilation
    PARADOX - Ecliptic
    wow, I know zilch from Scrot's list, and only a couple in Spyros' (and none in his second list)
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from heroin-addicts to crazy ones

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    RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL (RMI) is a trio formed in 1993 and have been heavily inspired by the seventies' genres like "Berlin School", "krautrock" and space-rock. Thus, RMI featuring mostly synths, but also guitar, bass, drums and Mellotron. They were playing plenty of concerts in England in the first half of the '90s.

    RMI live 1994 (MTV UK)



    For this particular thread, RMI's the most important album is their amazing, spacey & haunting, 'tron-stuffed debut Frozen North, released as a double-CD on Centaur Discs in 1995.


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    Quote Originally Posted by spacefreak View Post
    I remember KREL. One of the most interesting spacerock bands of the 90s.
    Then you probably remember also SPACEHEAD 'cause they were a band that was leaded by one of Krel's founder-members, Mr. Dibs. They released a very nice space-rock CD "... Of Stars And Time" on the Emergency Broadcast System label (1996).


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    Quote Originally Posted by daoubourg View Post
    Then you probably remember also SPACEHEAD 'cause they were a band that was leaded by one of Krel's founder-members, Mr. Dibs. They released a very nice space-rock CD "... Of Stars And Time" on the Emergency Broadcast System label (1996).
    Yes I have this CD but I found it and still consider as an average attempt at a heavier/rawer version of Hawkwind. The "In Space We Trust" album was an improvement i.m.o. since it sounds more instrumentally expansive than its predecessor; the addition of violin worked in favor of their sound.

    Speaking about electronic stuff, Dibs companion in "...Of Stars And Time", Phil Howard (also in Krel if I remember well), went on to form Cellular Structure that privately released a very good album in the turn of the millenium. And since you mentioned RMI and the british version of Berlin's school style, VIETGROVE and NODE are two great recommendations.
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    Great! Thanks for the replies, a lot of homework to do since I don't know any of these bands.

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    Dr Phibes and The House of Wax Equations were brilliant. Tragic end, but ace band

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    Quote Originally Posted by spacefreak View Post
    Yes I have this CD but I found it and still consider as an average attempt at a heavier/rawer version of Hawkwind. The "In Space We Trust" album was an improvement i.m.o. since it sounds more instrumentally expansive than its predecessor; the addition of violin worked in favor of their sound.

    yup, I got rid of that one after a few years and four or five times trying to seriously dig in unsuccessfully
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from heroin-addicts to crazy ones

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    Might as well go for those Psi-Fi “lost 70s Krautrock” albums too, since they’re rumored to be actually Sun Dial in disguise.

    I don’t believe Tribe of Cro have been mentioned, but we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel by now. I remember them being pretty terrible. Better off going for Tangle Edge. They’re not British, but they’re what you’re looking for otherwise.
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    South London's FULL MOON were a heavy-psych five-piece outfit formed in 1985. Before it was disbanded in 1993, FULL MOON released three albums: Full Moon (LP, 1989) on Norwegian label Voices Of Wonder Records, A Live Encounter (LP, 1990) on their own label simply called Moon, and Euphoria (LP / CD, 1992) on former Hawkwind & Amon Dl bassist Dave Anderson's label Demi Monde.

    FULL MOON live 1990




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    Quote Originally Posted by Progbear View Post
    I dont believe Tribe of Cro have been mentioned, but were scraping the bottom of the barrel by now. I remember them being pretty terrible.
    Well, the vinyl was better than the CDs. Not the most original band but they sounded OK to my ears back at the time. Need to revisit to see if they stood the test of time.
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    Ship of Fools - Close Your Eyes (Forget the World) and Out There Somewhere are pretty good
    Mandragora has a few albums, but the Live Temple Ball is my favorite

    Other bands put out cassettes and some released albums on the Delerium label, and some were Ozric offshoots.

    Looking at Spacefreak's list, Optic Eye were more in the trance/electronica genre. There's lots of bands in that genre as well to recommend.

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    Worthy of honorable mention in this thread are THE CIRCLES due to their only one, but lovely the 60s-like psychedelic rock single Tomorrow released in 1991 on Go~Go ‎– Go~Go1 label.


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