Spectrum

How You Satisfy Me

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Spectrum's formal debut was a candy-colored monster, thanks to Sonic whipping up one of his best pop tunes ever with the help of bandmate Richard Formby. "How You Satisfy Me" simply storms with all the frazzled psych power one could ask for, combined with a perfectly hooky, downright summery feeling of love, for all that Sonic delivers the lyric with sneering intensity at points. With more reverb and echo than imaginable and a brilliant, instantly memorable fuzz-organ melody, it's the equal and then some of many of his Spacemen 3 highlights. The single is filled out by two instrumental versions of "Don't Go," along with the out-and-out rarity "My Life Spins Round Your Every Smile." Also an instrumental, it has a sweetly mournful tone to go with the sentiments of its title, playing up Sonic's increasing tendency to work with open-ended drones but combined with lovely, understated guitar and an attractive rhythm burst on what sounds like keyboards.

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