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Man Or Astroman?

There?s some undeniable connection between the South and occurrences of extra-terrestrial origin. From eclectic jazz guru Sun Ra to German Rocket Scientist, Wernher von Braun, Alabama has always had more than an ample share of connection to outer space and matters with extra-terrestrial origin. Such is the case with Man or Astro-Man?, arriving/crash landing (whatever you wish to call it) in a small college town in Alabama some years ago. Realising that in order to integrate into human society, they would have to downplay their true identities and take on aliases, most conveniently in the form of college students. Studying either industrial design or television, the group began formulating for a mode in which to learn more about their new earthly environment. Quickly becoming attracted by pop culture and independent music, they decided that the long-tried cliché of a rock band would realistically be a perfect vehicle in which to traverse the globe and further their research. Full integration into Earth society could thus commence for what was soon to become known to the world as Man or Astro-Man?

Rediscovering record collections long stashed away in forgotten attics or hidden behind racks of magazine back issues at numerous dilapidated thrift stores in Alabama, the entities of Man or Astro-Man? Became enamoured with the scratched up sounds of Link Wray, The ventures, Dick Dale, The Shadows and Duane Eddy - namely instrumental guitar and surf music of the late fifties and early sixties. For them, instrumental music provided great escape from the sappy, pretentious lyrical drivel emanating from the (then) newly christened commercial alternative FM radio. At the same time, bizarre stage designs and performances by Kraftw...

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