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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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks

Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks (PR 6632-7) was a promotional 7” EP released in 1996. It was put out by Lava Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic. It was a split single between Man or Astro-Man? and Pavement. The single was never for sale, but was sent out to promote an album’s worth of late-1970s children’s songs re-imagined by artists that grew up with the animated television show.

Schoolhouse Rock ran from 1973-85. The short, music-heavy clips ran between episodes of Saturday morning cartoons. The aim was to use cartoons to teach kids about history, science and language. The Astro-Man track came from an episode written to help children remember facts about the solar system.

The picture sleeve was made from very stiff cardstock that was printed in full-color. It was machine folded and glued together. It is unique as an Astro-Man release in that it only features the three core members of the band—there was no rhythm guitarist credited. This copy, like many others floating around, was autographed by Coco, Starcruch and Birdstuff. For a long time every copy that came up for sale had been autographed. This makes me wonder if there was some sort of signing event in this single’s history.

It was pressed on yellow-orange vinyl. Here is a scan:

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