Before Spotify and Amazon Music, even before Napster, Limewire, and the days of infecting your computer with every known virus just to get your hands on some tracks, I discovered most new music the way most 90s kids did:
Some of the videos I saw in the mid-late 90s, like Metallica’s Memory Remains, Coal Chamber’s Loco, Type O Negative’s and Everything Dies had a serious and immediate impact on me. Those songs instantly made me realise that I found my music, and would start shaping the course of my life from that point on.
Monster Magnet’s Space Lord however, was a little more subtle in its impact on me, which is funny when you think about it.
After all, there is absolutely nothing subtle about this video.
From the lyrics of the song to the deliberately over-the-top visuals, everything about Space Lord was bat shit crazy in the best possible sense of the word.
Space Lord, Mother Mother
The very first time I heard this song, I thought it was one of the coolest, most extravagant things I had ever seen, and I absolutely loved it.
I had no idea that the first part of the video was in tribute to
All I knew that it looked -and more importantly sounded- unlike anything I’d heard before, and I couldn’t get enough of it.
For the next few years, I would burn my own compilation CDs (like the late 90s version of mix-tapes) and always had to include Space Lord.
When I my first iPod, the song was on that, and on most digital devices that I ever owned.
However, for the longest time, that’s as far as it ever went
This was a great track, sure, an incredible track even, but that’s all it was.
I never really felt a deep desire to go and look for more Monster Magnet stuff for a good few years, but when I did, boy did I realise what I’d been missing out on.
I discovered tracks like Like To The Orb For Your Warning, and Temple of Your Dreams, I discovered the entire blistering beauty of albums such as Powertrip (which gave the world Space Lord), and Dopes to Infinity, and those songs and albums became among my favourites.
I find i can lose myself for hours listening to Dopes To Infinity, lost in some wonderful place where it’s just me and the music. I find Powertrip excellent for really rocking out to, and I find that I’m grateful for discovering this song almost 20 years ago because eventually it opened me up to a whole other genre of music.
It’s because of Monster Magnet that I eventually got into Kyuss, Orange Goblin, Clutch, and Green Leaf. It’s because of Monster Magnet that I also recently got into bands like Samsara Blues Experiment, who have to be among one of the very best groups I’ve come across in recent years.
Today, I consider the the stoner / desert / psychedelic rock genres remain some of my favourite kinds of music to listen to, and it all started with watching that one bat shit crazy video way back in the 90s.
Space Lord by Monster Magnet is the tenth song in my list of 52 songs that changed my life. Other entries in this list are below: