Whilst the Magic Mushroom Band shares members with Astralasia, the Magic Mushroom Band has been a working band for far longer. The band first came together in 1982 when they first began playing their brand of "Psychedelic Space Pop". It was said that one of the original members Kim Russell AKA Kim OZ was discovered by another founder member Gary Masters AKA Gary Moonboot when he heard her singing in the bath and promptly climbed through the bathroom window and invited her to join the band. In addition to becoming a member of the Magic Mushroom Band Kim has subsequently become Mrs. Masters. The band has had many members over the year with members sometimes coming and going in twos or threes, although the core trio of Masters, Russell and Guitarist Gary Twining have remained throughout the band's history. Initially the band released a limited edition cassette, which was limited to a run of 1,000 copies. The cassette idea was to remain popular even while the band were releasing proper albums and all of these cassettes are now highly prized collectors items The band has also released nine albums in the period 1982 through to 1994.In 1990 members of the Magic Mushroom Band embarked on what was to be initially an offshoot band or part time project if you like. This project was the Ambient trance band Astralasia which although sharing members of the Mushroom band were actually more dance oriented than the Mushies as they were now known. By 1992 however, the band were devoting about 50% of their time to the offshoot band Astralasia and were experimenting more and more with the ambient dance led direction of that band which has continued up to the present while the Mushroom Band have been on indefinite hold since 1995. The album R U Spaced Out II released in 1993 was the follow up to the Re Hash album, which saw the band revisiting older material in the style of Ast ralasia. R U Spaced Out II was a more traditional Magic Mushroom Band album and found the band in more familiar territory with the album pretty much split between the psychedelic pop and spacey instrumentals of old and as if to reinforce the point there is an excellent cover of Hawkwind's Hurry On Sundown alongside original band generated material such as New Day and Remember Your Future. An edit of the track Life Is So Strange was also released as a promotional EP alongside tracks from the previous two albums Re Hash and Spaced Out for those who seek out collector's items. R U Spaced Out II continues the series of Magic Mushroom Band re issues which will see the bands back catalogue remastered for this series of releases over the next twelve months.