97's "Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space" represented a high water mark for the English Space Rock group Spiritualized. NME magazine named it the Album of the Year.
With the demise of Spaceman 3, guitarist/composer Jason Pierce (aka J. Spaceman) founded Spiritualized in Rugby Warwickshire, using a number of ex-Spaceman 3 members (bassist Will Carruthers, drummer Jonny Mattock, and guitarist Mark Refoy). Over the years, the group's line-up changed regularly with Pierce being the only constant.
Debut album, "Lazer Guided Melodies," dropped in '92. Depeche Mode's singer Dave Gahan, a Spiritualized fan, asked Spiritualized to open for his band on the European leg of Depeche Mode's '93 Devotional Tour. Nice idea, but Depeche Mode fans were not pleased, often becoming openly hostile. As a result Spiritualized only lasted six shows.
Sophomore set "Pure Phase" was released in '95 and continued the group's shoegazing tendencies. However, "Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space," despite the title, favored Gospel, Blues, and a take on the Phil Spector/Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) "wall of sound." The album went to #4 in the U.K. and a respectable #26 in the U.S. Worldwide, the set sold over one million copies.
'01's "Let It Come Down" rose to #4 in the U.K. but couldn't move beyond the lower half of the Billboard 200 (#133) in the U.S. "Amazing Grace," coming two years later was the first Spiritualized album not to go gold worldwide.
"Songs In A&E" returned the group to gold status and also marked a return to the Billboard 200, if only at the lowly #157 spot.
"Sweet Heart Sweet Light," the group's seventh studio effort, arrived in '12.
1992 Lazer Guided Melodies
1995 Pure Phase
1997 Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
2001 Let It Come Down
2003 Amazing Grace
2008 Songs In A&E
2012 Sweet Heart Sweet Light