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ARTIST: Man … Or Astro-Man?
SONG: “Interplanet Janet”
FIRST APPEARANCE: School House Rock Rocks! compilation, 1996
WHY IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN A-SIDE: This covers compilation saluting the Saturday-morning interstitials that taught kids about the galaxy, the government, and grammar came out shortly after Saturday Morning Cartoons’ Greatest Hits, and it was full of college-rock favorites like Pavement, Chavez, and, um, Blind Melon. But Man … Or Astro-Man? picked the perfect song to showcase their outer-space surf, with vocals that sounded like they were recorded in the hangar of a rickety rocket and a lead guitar line that had its own gravity issues. This cover never fails to put a big, huge grin on our face, and not just because it brings us back to our footed-pajama days.
Man … Or Astro-Man? – Interplanet Janet [MP3, link expired]
DELUXX BONUS TRACK:
Deluxx Folk Implosion – I’m Just A Bill [MP3, link expired]
Man … Or Astro-Man? [Official site]