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".

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Saturday Night Special: It’s Good To Talk

Saturday Night Special: It’s Good To Talk was a four-band compilation 7” EP released in 1995 (LEAD-002). Man or Astro-Man? contributed one track, a live version of their song “Eric Estrotica” (the studio version having previously appeared on the first full-length record). It was released by Leadmill Records, an imprint run by the northern England live music venue of the same name. The Astro-Man track was recorded live at the Leadmill on March 18, 1995. MOAM? was the only big name on the EP. The other three bands, Perfume, Blakeman and Back to the Planet, were either from the same part of the country or had distribution deals with the same company that distributed this record. It looks like this was supposed to be the beginning of a singles club of some sort, but I can only find mention of two other Saturday Night Special releases.

The picture sleeve was made from one sheet of folded, medium-weight cardstock. It was printed with glossy ink. It was said to be a limited release, but I can’t find any indication as to how many of these were pressed. They were individually numbered, though—with a four digit stamp on the front of the sleeve (mine is number 0581). There was printing on both the inside and outside of the picture sleeve. Here is a scan of the inside cover:

There was also an insert: a postcard promoting one of the lesser known bands on the comp. Here is the front and back of that:

The record itself was pressed on opaque black vinyl. The vague UFO theme of the record (MOAM and Back to the Planet being the big draws) was underscored with an alien head graphic on the center label. Here is a scan of the record:

The final bit of British jokery? The A and B sides are listed instead as the “maureenlipmanside” and the “bobhoskinsside.” Bob Hoskins and Maureen Lipman are, of course, ridiculously accomplished British actors. Counted among their accomplishments was a series of commercials in the 1980s for the UK phone company British Telecom. This explains the ’80s-era phone on the front cover, the “phone home” reference on the inside cover and the repurposing of the old BT slogan “it’s good to talk” as the comp’s subtitle. I get the joke, I just don’t think it’s funny.


  1. You should mention that the sound quality of the Man or Astro-Man ? track is outright horrible.I can't remember what the other tracks sounded like.

  2. The other tracks were studio tracks. They were better recorded, but none of the songs are remarkable.

    But yeah, the Astroman song sounds like it was recorded under water. Still not as bad as the songs off the Cheap Sweaty Fun single, though.

  3. Found this floating around online:

    Not really of any real interest but it has the release date of the single.