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Man or Astro-man? is a surf rock group that formed in Auburn, Alabama, in the early 1990s and came to prominence over the following decade.

Primarily instrumental, Man or Astro-man? blended the surf rock style of the early 1960s like that of Dick Dale and The Spotnicks with the new wave and punk rock sounds of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Man or Astro-man? was known for their anachronistic dedication to science fiction themes, audio samples, obscure electronic devices (such as theremins and tesla coils), and high-energy live performances. Their earlier albums like Is It ... Man or Astroman? and Destroy All Astromen! were known for their traditional surf rock instrumentation and sci-fi sound bite song introductions, but their later albums like EEVIAC... and A Spectrum of Infinite Scale were known for their use of synthesizers, printers (like the Apple ImageWriter II), and their more abstract, experimental sound. Their recordings were often peppered with sound bites from forgotten science fiction films and TV shows.

It's largely believed the group took its name from the poster of the U.S. release of the Japanese film The Human Vapor, which includes the tagline “IS HE MAN OR ASTRO-MAN?”, the line seemingly appropriated as the title of their first album, Is It ... Man or Astroman?.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 Is It … Man or Astro‐Man? Man or Astro‐Man? 1
1994 Destroy All Astromen! Man or Astro‐Man? 1
1995 Project Infinity Man or Astro‐Man? 2
1995 Intravenous Television Continuum Man or Astro‐Man? 3
1996 Experiment Zero Man or Astro‐Man? 2
1997 Made From Technetium Man or Astro‐Man? 2
1999 EEVIAC: Operational Index and Reference Guide, Including Other Modern Computational Devices Man or Astro‐Man? 4
2000 A Spectrum of Infinite Scale Man or Astro‐Man? 3
2001 A Spectrum of Finite Scale Man or Astro‐Man? 1
2013 Defcon 5…4…3…2…1 Man or Astro‐Man? 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 What Remains Inside a Black Hole Compilation Man or Astro‐Man? 1
2001 Beyond the Black Hole Compilation Man or Astro‐Man? 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 Live Transmissions From Uranus Live Man or Astro‐Man? 4 2

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 Postphonic Star Exploration Man or Astro‐Man? 1
1996 UFO's and the Men who Fly Them! Man or Astro‐Man? 1
1998 Cuts and Volts Man or Astro‐Man? 1
2012 Analog Series, Volume 1 Man… or Astro-man? 2
2012 Analog Series, Volume 2 Man… or Astro-man? 1
2013 Analog Series, Volume 3 Man… or Astro-man? 1

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Your Weight on the Moon Man or Astro‐Man? 3
1994 The Brains Of Cosmos Man or Astro‐Man? 1
1995 Inside the Head of Mr. Atom Man or Astro‐Man? 1
1996 Deluxe Men in Space Man or Astro‐Man? 2
1997 1000X Man or Astro‐Man? 4

EP + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 Inside the Head of John Peel Live Man or Astro‐Man? 1
2010 Daytrotter Session Live Man or Astro‐Man? 1

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