Jan 2013 29

S.P.O.C.K. - Another Piece of the Action: The Best of the Subspace YearsS.P.O.C.K.
Category: Synthpop
Album: Another Piece of the Action: The Best of the Subspace Years
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: After 11 years of radio silence, Swedish synthpop act S.P.O.C.K. releases a 19 track compilation. Break open the space capsule if you dare.


What’s better than some good old fashioned synthpop? Why, extraterrestrial synthpop, of course, courtesy of legendary Swedish stars S.P.O.C.K. The sci-fi inspired band is back after 11 years of silence with a compilation album entitled Another Piece of the Action: The Best of the Subspace Years. The songs span 1997 to 2001, the time the band was releasing music under its own label, SubSpace Communications. Notably, Another Piece of the Action will be S.P.O.C.K.’s first North American release.

The album is a generous 19 tracks in length and features a grab bag of great songs, includubg some rare tracks that were previously only available from EPs or singles. Club hits such as “E.T.Phone Home.” “Dr.McCoy,” and “Klingon 2000” are as catchy and playful as they were back when they were first released. Fan favorites such as “Not Human” and “Alien Attack” are also present in all their ‘90s synth glory.

Another Piece of the Action is a great introduction to S.P.O.C.K. for new fans and collects a number of excellent classics together in one spot for existing fans. Longtime fans may have hoped for some new material from the band, so in this respect, the album disappoints. S.P.O.C.K has not released any new music since 2001, though they do perform live occasionally. Until a new album surfaces, Another Piece of the Action: The Best of the Subspace Years is a satisfying collection of quirky space-age tidbits and definitely worth a listen.
Track list:

  1. The Awakening
  2. Reactivated
  3. E.T. Phone Home (Radio C-C-Cut)
  4. Dr. McCoy (Classic)
  5. Where Rockets Fly (Original Version)
  6. Alien Attack
  7. Queen of Space (Single Version)
  8. Wolf in the Fold
  9. Satellites (Single Version)
  10. Not Human
  11. Spacewalk
  12. Astrogirl’s Secret
  13. Speed of Light
  14. Out There
  15. All the Children Shall Lead
  16. Mr. Jones
  17. Star Pilot on Channel K
  18. Klingon 2000 (Radio Mix)
  19. Dream Within a Dream

S.P.O.C.K. Website http://www.subspace.se
S.P.O.C.K. MySpace http://ca.myspace.com/spockorbit
S.P.O.C.K. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StarPilotOnChannelK
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Purchase at:
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Michelle Ly (MichelleLy)

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