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Man Or Astro-Man?

As part of the surf revival movement of the early '90s (Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Laika & the Cosmonauts, the re-emergence of the great Dick Dale, etc.), Auburn's Man or Astro-man? specializes 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. Delecto & his Invisible Vaportron (bass), and 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 Astro Man?; 1994's Destroy All Astromen!!; 1995's Project Infinity; 1996's Experiment Zero; 1997's What Remains Inside a Black Hole, Live Transmissions From Uranus, and Made From Technetium; plus 1999's EEVIAC: Operational Index & Reference Guide. The group has been able to successfully overcome the defection of two original members (Dr. Delecto and Star Crunch), as Man or Astro-man? 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. The band 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. ~ Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Defcon 5...4...3...2...1

1. Defcon 5

2. Antimatter Man

3. All Systems To Go

4. Disintegrate

5. Defcon 4

6. Codebreaker Seventy Eight

7. Communication Breakdown, Pt. II

8. Defcon 3

9. Electric Arc

10. Defcon 2

11. New Cocoon

12. Defcon 1

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Track List: A Spectrum Of Infinite Scale

1. Pathway To The Infinite

2. Song Of The Two-Mile LinearParticle Accelerator Stanford University, Stanford, California

3. Preparation Clont

4. Curious Constructs Of Stem-Like Devices Which Now Prepare Themselves To Be Thought Of As Fingers

5. Um Espectro Sem Escala

6. Many Pieces Of Large Fuzzy Mammels Gathered Together At A Rave And Schmoozing With A Brick

7. Shape

8. Very Subtle Elevators

9. Within One Universe There Are Millions

10. Spectrograph Reading Of The Varying Phantom Frequencies Of Chronic, Incurable Tinnitus

11. A Simple Text File

12. Obligatory Part 2 Song In Which There Is No Presently Existing Part 1, Nor The Plans To Make One

13. Multi-Variational Stimuli Of Sub-Turgid Foci Covering Cross Evaluative Techniques For Cognitive Analysis Of Hypersignificant Graph Peaks Following Those Intersubjunctive Modules Having Biodegradable Seepage

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Track List: Eeviac: Operational Index And Reference Guide, Including Other Modern Computational Devices

1. Interstellar Hardrive

2. D:Contamination

3. U-235/PU-239

4. Domain Of The Human Race

5. Theme From Eeviac

6. A Reversal Of Polarity

7. Fractionalized Reception Of A Scrambled Transmission

8. Engines Of Difference

9. Psychology Of A.I. (Numbers Follow Answers)

10. Krasnoyask-26

11. Within The Mainframe, Impaired Vision From Inoperable Cataracts Can Become A New Impending Nepotism

13. _/Myopia

14. Bonus Track

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Track List: Made From Technetium

1. Message From The CD

2. Lo Batt

3. Jonathan Winters Frankenstein

4. Don't Think What Jack

5. Junk Satellite

6. 10 Years After World War 4

7. A Saucerful Of Secrets

8. Breathing Iron Oxide

9. Muzak For Cybernetics

10. Structo 'Mr. Microphone Mixup'

11. The Sound Waves Reversed

12. Theoretical Sounds Of Slow Motion

13. Static Cling 'Theme From'

14. Evert 1 Pipkin

15. Weightless At Zero Return

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Track List: 1000X

1. The Miracle Of Genuine Pyrex

2. Specific Gravity

3. Like A Giant Microwave

4. Man Made Of CO2

5. Universe City

6. 100 Individual Magnets

7. With Automatic Shut-Off

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Track List: Experiment Zero

1. Stereo Phase Test

2. Television Fission

3. DNI

4. Planet Collision

5. Big Track Attack

6. 9 Volt

7. Evil Plans Of Planet Spectra

8. Anoxia

9. Maximum Radiation Level

10. King Of The Monsters

11. Cyborg Control

12. Test Driver

13. Television Man

14. Z-X3

15. Principles Unknown

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Track List: Deluxe Men In Space

2. U-Uranus

3. March Of The Androids

4. Super Rocket Rumble

5. Configuration 9

6. Rhombics

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Track List: Project Infinity

2. Sferic Waves

3. (Classified)

5. Max Q

8. Put Your Finger In The Socket

11. Tomorrow Plus X

12. Manta Ray

13. Point Blank

14. Special Agent Conrad Uno

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johnnyohania n
caught in my station web - catch and release program - i released back into the wild - F U C K . . . F U C K I N G . . . F U C K E R S. put that in your obscenity auto delete you f u c k e r s . I beat the system! HA!
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Maestro or Mizestro
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Freaky music for freaky people. I'm in.
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I was just talking about UFO Metal at show (and tell). It got raided so I put the pan in the Dora and this band came on. I'm thrilled this type of music exists. Not exactly what I pictured in my head but still like how it mixes those 60's chord structure with heavy rifts. Yes it is my first time being exposed to these guys. But so glad I was. Can't wait to hear more. Sort of reminds me of what psychobilly music did as but this, this music, stands as its own genre. We need more bands that experim
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Man i have really liked these guys since their beginning... . i v e heard one of the guys is rob zombies cousin.....
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s*** Syfy surf rock love ly lsuer-un nsoelreo lvlse-uf llnsaqhi nsoelreo. . this is the language the music in which is played on the station communicates on my planet. get your Napa know how on Uranus
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crobar1969
F**K YOU BOOB. AGAIN, YOUR OPINIONS ARE FOR $#!T AND YOU SUUUUUUUUUCK ! ! ! GO JUMP UP & DOWN ON A TRAMPOLENE UNDER A LOW FLYING SQUADRON OF HELOCOPTERS.
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Boring and not doing anything I haven't heard before. So why bother ?
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yvettedhodge s
My niece is the guitarist..o f course I love them!!
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FANTASTIC!! just great...
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Surf Rock makes me proud to be an American. Man or Astroman is keeping American culture alive.. God speed! F**k yeeaaaahhhh! ! ! !
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Thanks to Pandora I now have a station called Surf Rock Revival.
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medina.damag e
If you like man or astro-man you might also like los straitjacket s
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flaplaya69
Perfect for surfing(more like the journey between the best spots)
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Are we not men? WE ARE ASTRO-MAN!
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Man or Astro-Man? is my second favorite band...behin d the Beatles!
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Kool band ! MAN OR ASTRO-MAN!!! ! ! !
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melodyscheet z
I love these guys! They are so quirky.
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These cats are fun little b**tards.
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Used to see them live many moons ago, and they were tons of fun.
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tonyl70
groovey
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yeah
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melodyscheet z
These guys are real kitschy! I love 'em. Geek Rock!!!
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saw em live once- not sure if they are great but it was a fun night!
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Wasn't sure about these guys. Saw "Experiment Zero" used, bought it and now I can't stop listening to it. Awesome band.
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InKrediBLeee e GRate banned
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drearyvintag e
These guys put on some awesome shows back in the day!!!!
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starcrunch, why did you leave??!!?! was birdstuff really that overbearing? I miss the live shows, and the old school mac with the sample triggers on the bass that crashed half the time!
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Live transmission s from Uranus..that title alone is worth the price of admission.
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i love this band
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Dick Dale tours with Devo? Sign me up!!!
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These guys have an awesome sound.
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Used to see these guys live whenever they came through town. Great live show! Too bad they seem to be no more.
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hairycorvair
WTF?
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bromide01
Excuse me?
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Not Jigaboos.
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didn't they have the theme to kids in the hall?

oh no. that was shadowy men on a shadowy planet. too bad they aren't on pandora.
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heeltoerocki n
ive herd better but they pretty good
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Maaaan or ASTRO-mAN?
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man or astroman are out this orbit!
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romeomullet
hey man I used to live in the slaughter house, glad to see your still in orbit!
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bromide01
The one song that these guys play over and over is pretty good!

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