Tuesday, 17 June 2008

What's In Your Record Collection? Here's What I Found In Mine...

Like a child kicking and screaming on their way to the nursery, desperate to stay at home those few extra minutes, I’ve spent the past 12 years removing my possessions from my parents house a few at a time, drawing out the experience as long as possible (there’s no space in our tiny London flat). Or maybe I’m attempting to maintain the illusion that, like a university student, I have two homes! Anyhow, occasionally the rooting through the boxes of my things laying in my parents garage can unearth the odd treasure from my adolescence that I had long forgotten about. On my most recent trip home I raided my old record collection and saw colours and shapes (unfortunately no sound due to not currently owning a record player) I hadn’t seen for a good 15 years.

What Did I Find?

I found an EP called Your Weight On The Moon by a band called Man or Astroman? (That’s actually their name, I’m not confused as to the whether they’re called Man or called Astroman, I promise.)

I think I bought this album during a shopping trip to London when I was about 17. I don’t think I had heard of them at the time but thought the record looked cool, still does.



Man or Astroman? - Your Weight On The Moon EP (1994)


BRIGHT PINK VINYL!!
(You can see my matching pink slipper in the corner of the photo)

Who Are/Were Man or Astroman?

Hailing from Auburn Alabama, Man or Astro-Man? blended the early 60s surf rock with the new wave and punk rock sounds of the late 70s and early 80s. Man or Astro-Man? were known for their dedication to science fiction themes, audio samples, obscure electronic devices (such as theremins and tesla coils), and high-energy live performances.

The core members were Star Crunch (a.k.a. Brian Causey) on guitar and sometimes vocals, Birdstuff (Brian Teasley) on drums, and Coco the Electronic Monkey Wizard (Robert DelBueno) on bass and electronics.

Are They Still Around?

Kind of. Although they haven’t released a record since 2001, they got together for a re-union for the Touch and Go 25th Anniversary Celebration in Chicago, IL, in September 2006. They do have a website and a MySpace site but neither of these seem to have been updated much since 2006.

What Do They Sound Like?

I was so pleased to find some of their songs on Imeem. Here’s ‘Destination Venus’ from their EP ‘Your Weight On The Moon’ (1994).


Destination Venus.wma -


I think Man or Astroman? should make a come back, what do you think?

General Info

Man or Astroman? was one of the most prolific bands of the 1990's, recording 10 albums between 1993 and 2000 (including the tour-only release A Spectrum of Finite Scale), as well as two CD EPs, and a plethora of singles and contributions to various artists’ compilation albums.

Man or Astro-Man? has played in 28 countries and 49 states (everywhere except Delaware). Man or Astro-Man? has played and toured with: The Cramps, Yo La Tengo, They Might Be Giants, Pavement, Sebadoh, The Archers of Loaf, Spiritualized, Cheap Trick, Cat Power, Six Finger Satellite, Polvo, Black Heart Procession, The Rock*a*Teens, The Poster Children, Trans Am, Guided By Voices, Dick Dale, Ween, Grandmothers of Invention, Superchunk, Sleater Kinney, Mudhoney, Brainiac, Zen Guerilla, Come, Dinosaur Jr., June of 44, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Qudrajets, Guitar Wolf, Butthole Surfers, Link Wray, Stereolab, Blonde Redhead, Enon, New Bomb Turks, The Delta 72, Cash Money, Silkworm, Shannonwright, Uzeda, Shipping News, Dianogah, and Rocket From the Crypt. Over the years, members of Man or Astro-Man? have lent a hand and toured in or recorded with: The Archers of Loaf, Crooked Fingers, Azure Ray, Mono Men, Watts, The Japancakes, Toenut, Tyro, Vue, O.R.I., The Subsonics, The Causey Way, Servotron, Shannonwright, Humans, and The Polyphonic Spree.

Man or Astro-Man? has also done countless bits of film and soundtrack work including a slew of work for Nickelodeon and The Cartoon Network, notably including music for Space Ghost Coast to Coast and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron. Members of Man or Astro-Man? have started record labels, Warm Electronic Recordings; recording studios, Zero Return; bio-diesel fuel centers, vegenergy.com; and have written for numerous publications including Chunklet, CMJ Monthly, and The Melody Maker.

For More Information:

http://www.myspace.com/manorastroman

www.astroman.com


[Source: Wikipedia]


While we're on the subject of record collections, have you dug through yours lately? Any interesting finds?


1 comment:

Cookiemouse said...

Most of my music is on my computer. I've no idea where the last of my vinyl disappeared to.

 
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