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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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ex Machina

Ex Machina was a Man or Astro-Man? 7" EP released in 1998. It was put out by Touch & Go Records (TG199). It was one of only two singles that they did for Touch & Go, even though this was the label that put out their four final full-length LPs and the 10”/CD 1000X. The release had a motorcycle racing team theme to it. The title is Latin and can be translated as from the machine or by the machine.

The single came with a small, letterpress-printed poster on heavy card stock paper. The large graphic on the poster showed an outline of a rocket superimposed over a drawing of a suspension spring. Here is a scan:

It was released exclusively on opaque black vinyl. Here is a scan:

This record featured a three member MOAM? line-up. There was no rhythm guitarist, only Coco, Starcrunch and Birdstuff. Though this same trio appeared on a compilation 7" and on a split single, this was the only time that a three member Man or Astro-Man? did an exclusively MOAM? record.

1 comment:

  1. The Touch & Go Racing Team references on the sleeve were in regard to an actual racing team started in 1996 by Touch & Go's chief of operations (and motorcycle enthusiast)Corey Rusk.

    On March 4th, 2001, Rusk suffered a near-fatal motorcycle crash while racing at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

    In February 2009, Rusk announced Touch & Go would shut down the manufacturing and distribution arms of the business and return to solely being an independent label.