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space rock

n. A subgenre of rock music, characterised by long psychedelic instrumental passages and lyrics dealing with science fiction or outer space.

Space rock

Space rock is a subgenre of rock music; the term originally referred to a group of early, mostly British, 1970s progressive and psychedelic rock bands such as Hawkwind, Gong, and Pink Floyd, characterised by slow, lengthy instrumental passages dominated by electronic organs, synthesizers, experimental guitar work and science fiction or outer space-related lyrical themes.

The genre regained attention in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the rise of alternative rock bands such as such as Failure, Hum, Flying Saucer Attack, Orange Goblin, and Spacemen 3, that drew from earlier psychedelic and shoegaze influences to create a more ambient sound, with some also being influenced by contemporaneous stoner rock or desert rock bands.

The term was revived in the 21st century to refer to a new crop of bands including The Flowers of Hell, Comets on Fire, Flotation Toy Warning, Caelum's Edge and Angels and Airwaves who diversely draw upon the ideas and sounds of both waves of the genre's founders.

Space rock (disambiguation)

Space rock may refer to:

  • Space rock, a form or genre of music
  • Space Rock (book), an illustrated children's book.
  • Asteroids are sometimes called space rocks
  • Meteorites are also sometimes called space rocks
  • "Space Rock" a song by Weezer from their 2002 album Maladroit
  • '' Space Rock, a song from the French space music / geek rock band (Les) Rockets in 1978.