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.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Estrus Cocktail Companion

The Estrus Cocktail Companion was a compilation box set put out by Estrus records in January of 1995 (ESBX5). There were twelve songs from twelve different bands, each one exclusive to this set. The Man or Astro-Man? song was “Carbonated Comet.” The twelve tracks were divided over three 7” records, with two songs appearing on each of the six sides. It was meant to serve as the perfect musical mixer for your next bad booze blow-out. It certainly had the look. It came in a hinged box that featured “fabulous five color artwork by none other than Mr. Ed Fotheringham.” The center labels of the records also featured illustrations by Fotheringham. The labels were drab 1950s colors: olive, tan and muted blue. The set included an Estrus Crust Club flyer, a coaster and a plastic swizzle stick.

Here is a scan of the front and back of these three inserts:

The records were pressed on opaque black vinyl. They were also pressed and packaged as a three color translucent vinyl set. The colors were blue, green and purple. Here is a scan of the Astro-specific record, and the trio of EPs that make up the set:

Here are a few shots of the color version (I do not have this on color vinyl so I nicked this from the Apemen’s Facebook page):

And just to cover all our bases, here is a scan of the hinge side of the box:

1 comment:

  1. As for the production run, from Estrus Quarterly Vol. 6 No. 1:
    "Limited Edition of 2,500
    First 500 on colored vinyl"