Loving the alien(s),
By Blurt Staff
Long-suffering Man or Astroman? fans needing a regular fix
just got great news: the band’s classic Your
Weight On The Moon is coming out as a deluxe, expanded reissue on Sept. 27
Overground label. Vinyl freaks, rejoice: it’ll also be available as a limited
edition picture disc, no doubt a nod to the original version’s luminous color
The band always claimed
to be not the space-music surf-rockers they appear, but instead, unlikely
emissaries from another galaxy who accidentally crashed their spaceship near Auburn, Alabama.
Uh-huh. Well, their music was alien enough, and since that day in 1992, Man or
Astroman? have released over two dozen seven-inch singles and seven full-length
albums of dizzying, instrumental guitar virtuosity wedded to sounds derived
from the quasi-modern technology of a Hammond organ or Theremin.
Band members Starcrunch (guitar), Birdstuff (drums), Coco
the Electronic Monkey Wizard (bass and a battery of electronic gear), joined
forces in Auburn, Alabama, in 1992 at a time when half of the
band was underage and couldn’t get into their own shows except through the stage
door. John Peel played their debut EP and a highly impressed One Louder
approached the band and in December 1993 released the ‘Mission Into Chaos’ 7″. The band toured the UK and their
outrageous live show which included flaming computer headpieces, ‘50s b-movie
graphics and tesla coils won them a legion of fans.
Next up in August 1994 came the genre-defining ‘Your Weight On The Moon’ 10-track
mini-album. John Peel, Marc Radcliffe, the music press and live audiences
couldn’t get enough of them and the album entered the independent charts at No.
7. May 1995 the ‘Return To Chaos’ EP
was released, packaged in a top secret dossier format and with a track so
secretive its name was classified. The EP charted at No. 4 in the top 10
independent singles chart.
Man or Astroman? would continue to release many more records
on One Louder, Touch & Go and Epitaph, but it is for this period that a
majority of their fans will most fondly remember them. The new reissue compiles
‘Your Weight On The Moon‘ with the two EPs in a 16-page booklet. It is
the first time that some of the tracks have appeared on CD.
XL-3/ Secret Agent Conrad Uno/ Electrostatic Brain Field/ Shockwave/ Taser Guns
Mean Big Fun/ F=GmM(moon)/ Space Patrol/ Happy Fingers/ Destination Venus/
Polaris/ Name of Numbers/ Of Sex and Demise/ Madness in the Streets/
Within a Martian Heart/ Point Blank/ Classified/ Secret Agent Conrad Uno/ Point