As part of the surf revival movement of the early '90s (Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
, Laika & the Cosmonauts
, the re-emergence of the great Dick Dale
, etc.), Auburn's Man or Astro-man?
specializes in a slightly different variation on the genre, self-described as space-age surf. Formed in 1992, the quartet originally consisted of members who went by such off the wall aliases as Birdstuff
(drums), Star Crunch
(guitar), Dr. Delecto & his Invisible Vaportron
(bass), and Electronic Monkey Wizard (on something called alternate-universe bass), Man or Astro-man?
combined the classic surf sounds of the '60s along with the quirky humor and approach of such groundbreaking groups as Devo
. The group issued albums at an extremely brisk rate throughout the '90s (a few of which were engineered by renowned punk/alternative guru Steve Albini
) -- 1993's Is It...Man or Astro Man?
; 1994's Destroy All Astromen!!
; 1995's Project Infinity
; 1996's Experiment Zero
; 1997's What Remains Inside a Black Hole
, Live Transmissions From Uranus
, and Made From Technetium
; plus 1999's EEVIAC: Operational Index & Reference Guide
. The group has been able to successfully overcome the defection of two original members (Dr. Delecto
and Star Crunch
), as Man or Astro-man?
pressed on into the 21st century with such further releases as 2000's A Spectrum of Infinite Scale
, plus a pair of releases in 2001, the limited release A Spectrum of Finite Scale
and the compilation Beyond the Black Hole
, the latter of which combined What Remains Inside a Black Hole
along with B-sides and outtakes.