Man or Astroman?

As part of the surf revival movement of the early ’90s (Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Huevos Rancheros, the re-emergence of the great Dick Dale, etc.), Auburn’s Man or Astroman? specialised in a slightly different variation on the genre, self-described as space-age surf. Formed in 1992, the quartet originally consisted of members who went by such off the wall aliases as Birdstuff (drums), Star Crunch (guitar), Dr. Deleto & his Invisible Vaportron (bass), and Co-Co The Electronic Monkey Wizard (on something called alternate-universe bass), Man or Astro-man? combined the classic surf sounds of the ’60s along with the quirky humor and approach of such groundbreaking groups as Devo.

The group issued albums at an extremely brisk rate throughout the ’90s (a few of which were engineered by renowned punk/alternative guru Steve Albini) – 1993’s Is It…Man or AstroMan?; 1994’s Your Weight On The Moon and Destroy All Astromen!!; 1995’s Intravenous Television Continuum; Live Transmissions From Uranus and Project Infinity; 1996’s Experiment Zero; 1997’s What Remains Inside a Black Hole and Made From Technetium; plus 1999’s EEVIAC: Operational Index & Reference Guide.

The group were able to successfully overcome the defection of two original members (Dr. Delecto and Star Crunch), as Man or Astroman? pressed on into the 21st century with such further releases as 2000’s A Spectrum of Infinite Scale, plus a pair of releases in 2001, the limited release A Spectrum of Finite Scale and the compilation Beyond the Black Hole, the latter of which combined What Remains Inside a Black Hole along with B-sides and outtakes.

Man or Astroman? eventually went on hiatus, but reformed briefly in 2006 to play at the Touch and Go 25th anniversary show. The band reformed in earnest in 2010, playing a handful of shows while working on new material. Their first new album in over a decade, Defcon 5…4…3…2…1, landed in 2013.

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  • The Miracle Of Genuine Pyrex
  • Specific Gravity
  • Like A Giant Microwave
  • Man Made Of CO2
  • Universe City
  • 400 Individual Magnets
  • With Automatic Shut Off
  • The Sound Of Waves, Reversing
  • High Wire
  • Transmissions From Venus
  • Ball Junk
  • Draining Their Batteries
  • Italian Movie Theme
  • Message From The LP
  • Updated Theme To Supercar
  • Maximum Radiation Level
  • March Of The Androids
  • Configuration 9
  • Rhombies
  • -/Myopia
  • A Reversal Of Polarity
  • A Simple Text File
  • As Estrelas Agora Elas Estao Mortas
  • Curious Construction Of Stem-Like Devices (…)
  • D:Contamination
  • Domain Of The Human Race
  • Engines Of Difference
  • Fractionalized Reception Of A Scrambled (…)
  • Interstellar Hardrive
  • Krasnoyask – 26
  • Many Pieces Of Large Fuzzy Mammals Gathered (…)
  • Multi-Variational Stimuli Of Sub-Turgid (…)
  • Obligatory Part 2 Song In Which There Is (…)
  • Pathway To The Infinite
  • Preparation Clont
  • Psychology Of A1 (Numbers To Follow)
  • Song Of The Two-Mile Linear Particle Accelerator (…)
  • Spectograph Reading Of The Varying Phantom (…)
  • Theme From Eeviac
  • Trapezoid
  • U-235/PU-239
  • Um Espectro Sem Escala
  • Very Subtle Elevators
  • Within One Universe There Are Millions
  • Within The Mainframe
  • Stereo Phase Test
  • Television Fission
  • DNI
  • Planet Collision
  • Big Trak Attack
  • 9 Volt
  • Evil Plans Of Planet Spectra
  • Anoxia
  • King Of The Monsters
  • Cyborg Control
  • Z-X3
  • Principles Unknown
  • Taxidermist Surf
  • Clean Up On Aisle #9 (Turn Up The Monitors)
  • A Message From The CD
  • Lo Batt
  • Jonathan Winter’s Frankenstein
  • Don’t Think What Jack
  • Junk Satellite
  • 10 Years After WW1V
  • A Saucerful Of Sucrets
  • Breathing Iron Oxide
  • Muzak For Cybernetics
  • Structo (Mr. Microphone Mixup)
  • The Soundwaves, Reversing
  • More Theoretical Sounds Of Slow Motion
  • Static Cling (Theme From)
  • Evert I Pipkin
  • Weightless In Zero Return
  • Name Of Numbers
  • Of Sex And Demise
  • Madness In The Streets
  • Within A Martian Heart
  • Point Blank
  • Rocketship XL-3
  • Special Agent Conrad Uno
  • Electrostatic Brain Field
  • Taser Guns Mean Big Fun
  • F = GmM(moon)r2
  • Space Patrol
  • Happy Fingers
  • Polaris
  • Transmissions From Uranus
  • Sferic Waves
  • A Mouthful Of Exhaust
  • Cowboy Playing Bombora
  • Gargantua’s Last Stand
  • Surfari
  • Rovers
  • Eric Estrotica
  • Nitrous Burn Out
  • SongTitle
  • Immersion Static
  • Put Your Finger In The Socket
  • Tetsuwan Atomu
  • Max Q
  • Invasion Of The Dragonmen
  • Bionic Futures
  • Tomorrow Plus X
  • Principle’s Unknown
  • Cool Your Jets
  • Sadie Hawkins Atom Bomb
  • Cattle Drive
  • The Vortex Beyond
  • Planet Collision
  • Bird’s Stuff
  • (Classified)
  • Secret Agent Conrad Uno