Spacehog: The Story Behind ‘In The Meantime’


The Story Behind Spacehog’s Song ‘In the Meantime’

Today on Rock N’ Roll True Stories they take a look at the 1995 hit single ‘In The Meantime.’ Check it out below!

Spacehog was a glam influenced band that sprung up in the mid 90’s that had one huge hit song, which was In The Meantime, which came out on their debut record 1995’s “Resident Alien.’ the Band consisted of brothers Royston and Antony Langdon on bass and guitar, Richard Steel on guitar, Jonny Cragg on drums and Royston for his part was also the frontman of the group as well as the bassist who sang lead on almost all of the band’s songs.

And hey were an english rock band who formed in New York in 1994 and they were influenced by the glam stylings of fellow british rockers David Bowie and T-Rex. Originally the band wanted to call themselves Grass, but eventually landed on the name Spacehog. Co-founder and drummer Johnny Cragg would tell an interview how Royston brought a lot of songs from his previous band in the UK to Spacehog saying “Royston moved to New York in 1994. He was 20 years old and he had a band n Leeds prior to that. He took a couple of songs he had written in the band in the Zeroes and wrote a couple more and they became the backbone of what was to become residents alien.

Antony wrote a couple and when Richard joined the band Roy had an emerging idea of what worked best for us compositionally. Because myself and Rich had been in a couple of bands before that we could quickly articulate those songs and make them sound like us he’d conclude. The band also wasted no time getting a record deal as the same year they formed they also inked a deal with Elektra records. One of the singles released from their debut record Resident Alien was In the Meantime whose iconic intro would sample the penguin cafe orchestra song Telephone and Rubber Band.

It would be Royston Langdon’s friend who introduced the singer to the Penguin Cafe Orchestra featuring the famous loop at the beginning and would tell song facts where the loop originally came from revealing every now and then when you make a phone call to the U.K. you would get a cross line while calling someone. It’s the sound of the phone ringing and then the sound of the phone being engaged at the same time. I liked it and it just stayed in my head, i knew it was one of those things he’d say.The song explores the theme of self-realization as frontman Royston Langdon would tell songfacts the meaning behind the song sayingi t’s me trying to reach people. It’s using some kind of metaphor of a worldly or inner-worldly search for the end of isolation, and the acceptance of one’s self is in there. At the end of the day it’s saying whatever you gotta do, it’s OK, it’s alright. And I think that’s also me talking to myself, getting through my anxieties and fear of death. That’s what it all comes down to.

What’s so beautiful about it is that it continues to connect with people he’d say. In the meantime would end up topping the rock charts in the US upon it’s release and would have crossover appeal on the pop charts peaking at number 42. The song was also heavily licensed most notably appearing in the video games Guitar Hero 5 and Rock Band 3, but shockingly in an interview with Blackbook, Royston would reveal that he no longer has the rights to the song, meaning he may have sold his publishing to the track. Spacehog for their part would release several more albums before breaking up in 2002 and finally reuniting in 2008. None of the group’s follow up records to their 1995 debut album seemed to have much commercial success. That does it for today’s video guys thanks for watching. Let me know your thoughts on “In the Meantime” and are there any other spacehog songs you enjoy. Let me know in the comments section. If you guys want to support my channel simply watch another video or go check us out on patreon starting as low as $2 a month. Take care.