Welcome to my Astro-Man archive

This site is meant to be a visual archive of every variation of every Man... or Astro-Man? 7" single ever released. Most of what you'll see here comes from my personal collection. As information pours in I will post it, so please comment if you think you have something to add. I have no intention of posting MP3s here. I'm sure you can find the music elsewhere. This is just an attempt to collect information about the band's prolific creation of singles into one spot. If you can get past the fact that I rarely clean my scanner, I think you'll enjoy what you find here.

Use the Table of Contents on the sidebar if you are looking for details on a specific 7".

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Amazing Thrills! in 3-Dimension

Amazing Thrills! in 3-Dimension was a Man... or Astro-man? promo 7" EP. It was released on Estrus Records (as ESP7) in 1993. The cover was printed in black and white on a thin paper sleeve that was machine folded and glued together. It only featured art work on the front side. It was only available on translucent black vinyl.

The count on this one is a bit tricky. According to the Estrus website, 200 copies were given away with their debut album, Is It ... Man or Astroman?, when it was ordered directly from the record label. 200 additional copies were given to the band for distribution--putting the total count of the pressing at 400. Here's a cobbled together screencap, in case the link stops working:

Some discographies, including the one at the old MOAM? website, put the number at 1000. The picture becomes even less clear when you consider the numbers listed on this sell sheet:

The sheet above was sent to record stores in the US and Europe to drum up sales for the first LP. The idea was that stores could order a bunch of the promo singles to sell at record release parties for the full-length. The sheet puts the retail sales numbers at 400 and the total pressing at 800. Since this was a document that predated the manufacture of the promo single, it would have been possible for Estrus to go with a larger or smaller number, depending on what the actual pre-order totals ended up being. Whatever the case, this one is devilishly difficult to track down.

Side A featured “Out Of Limits” and “Radio Promo.” Side B featured “MST 3000 Love Theme” and “Reverb 1000 (Live).” This is the first time Man or Astro-man's cover of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 theme song was released. It was later re-released on Destroy All Astromen!.

Here is a scan of the vinyl record:

The picture sleeve cover was designed by Stuart Ellis (A.K.A. "The Lounge Lizard"). Inspiration for the cover art looks to be taken from the 1953 sci-fi film It Came From Outer Space. The film was based on a Ray Bradbury story that told of a bizarre and very advanced race of one-eyed, amorphous creatures who could assume the form of any human in order to facilitate the uninterrupted repair of their ship. The aliens were not here to seize the planet or to enslave the human race, nor to destroy earth in order to be the ultimate life form in the universe. They just wanted to fix their space ship and leave--not unlike the "actual" Man or Astro-Man? origin story. Here is an image of the movie poster:

As you can see the four people and the mysterious eye are both taken from the poster. The EP's title is also pulled from here, as is the hybrid road/space ship condensation trail. The film was directed by Jack Arnold and starred Richard Carlson. The pair would also collaborate on 1954's The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Thanks to Benjamin Brinkman for pointing me to the art source, and to Mike Noon for sending in a scan of the Estrus sell sheet.


  1. "It Came From Outer Space" and "Creature From the Black Lagoon" also both had 3-D prints struck and as such, were commonly exhibited as two-fers during the fifties 3D craze. This explains the "3-Dimension" reference in the "It Came From..." lobby card shown above if it wasn't already obvious.

    I was informed of these facts before a "recreation" 3-D screening of both films at Portland's Guild Theater in the late 90s. And yes, as anyone who's seen Avatar in 3-D is already aware of, three hours is a long time to wear those glasses.

  2. The press release for this indicates an edition of 800. Would you like to see a scan?

  3. Send me scan. The Estrus site claims 400 and the old Astroman site claimed 1000. 800 would be the third "official" count out there. But yeah, send it to me and I'll post it.

  4. Okey dokey. I just looked and it's a sell-sheet. The 400 from Estrus appears to be the amount made available for sale - 200 in Europe and 200 in the US. The rest were for selling at the 'record release parties' (and giving away with Estrus' own mail order copies of the record). I've a few items you may be interested in posting, but I'll mail you over the next few days about them.

  5. The show from which the live version of Reverb 1,000 was recorded is up on YouTube (Reverb 1000 is about at the 31:00 mark): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5R1o6Q5Hh_k

    My guess is that the show was in the south somewhere in mid-late December of 1992. Possibly the December 16, 1992 show in Gainesville, FL.

  6. I designed that cover... Stuart Ellis (A.K.A. "The Lounge Lizard").