Space Rock

The Cambridge University Press Catalogue of Meteorites lists 14 documented lumps of interstellar mineral and metal that hit the United States in the year 1975. But lumbering Motor City quartet Space Rock had been named after none of those. Vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter George Bisinov thought the name simply “sounded cool.” Gravitational forces surrounding a Detroit bar owned by Bisinov and his brother brought Space Rock together in the early 1970s. Guitar, bass, and red-white-and-blue-striped drums were handled by two Bobs and a Jimmy, their surnames lost to Bisinov’s memory. They entertained high school functions and Detroit radio broadcast them once, as did local television. But of more than 20 original Space Rock songs penned by Bisinov, only two made it to the lasting safety of 45.

“Going Down The Road,” an uptempo garage number about the search for that perfect girl, ended up on the B-side of 500 7”s, pressed in town in 1975. “Dark Days,” however, was something else entirely, a blues-inflected power dirge that, according to Bisinov, was written to relate “the hardship that I endured throughout my childhood.” Likely recorded in the basement studio below Warren, Michigan’s Pampa Lanes Bowling Alley, the band-released “Dark Days” disc fell mostly into the hands of Space Rock’s audiences and Bisinov’s bar patrons. Meanwhile, gloomy fortunes hung over the band’s efforts. Decades after their dissolution, Bisinov ran into Bob at a picnic in Detroit. Despite Space Rock’s despondent lyrical legacy, the former guitarist and would-be rock star recalled only the optimism of his heyday. “I had it in my head that one day we would all pull up in a limo,” he mused.

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