Once used as a tag to describe 1970s-era acts like Hawkwind, in more recent years the term "space rock" has come to embody a new generation of heady, hypnotic bands with aspirations of cosmic transcendence. Arguably the first and most prominent of the new space rock groups was Britain's Spacemen 3, whose famous "Taking drugs to make music to take drugs to" credo subsequently influenced most, if not all, of the like-minded bands in their wake; indeed, the music of the genre is typically narcotic, defined by washes of heavily reverbed guitar, minimalist drumming, and gentle, languid vocals.

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