Man or Astroman?

Man or Astroman? is a surf rock group from the 90s.  True to their name, the group is wholly dedicated to marrying punk rock/new wave sounds to science fiction themes, audio samples, obscure electronic devices (such as theremins and tesla coils) in over-the-top live performances.

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In its standard form, the band generally consists of Star Crunch (aka Brian Causey) on guitar and sometimes vocals, Birdstuff (aka Brian Teasley) on drums, and Coco the Electronic Monkey Wizard (Robert DelBueno) on bass guitar and electronics.  Over the years, however, the line-up has changed and the band actually sent both Alpha and Gamma Man or Astroman? Clone groups out on tour.

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They are super cool, super talented, and super out there.  Check out their website, and go see them on your for an out of this world, super sonic experience!

 

Mayor of the Sunset Strip, Mr. Rodney Bingenheimer

 

You’ve probably never heard of Rodney Bingenheimer, which isn’t surprising really.  He’s always been more of a “behind the scenes” kind of guy, but he has been behind just about every kind of scene.  He is a dedicated rock and roll fan, one of the biggest groupies to ever crash the scene, and while many have moved on from the heyday of the sunset strip, Binghenheimer remains committed … whether anyone cares or not.

Bingenheimer arrived on the streets of Hollywood at 16, and in his own words, he immediately “became the talk of the town because I had the perfect Brian Jones ‘do.”  (And that ‘do remains unchanged to this day!)   He had a seminal presence on the rock scene going back to the mid-’60s, introducing the early ’70s Bowie/Sweet/T Rex glam scene to America via his KROQ radio show and legendarily debauched Rodney’s English Disco club, and later championing punk rock when no one would go near it . Over the course of his career as a professional Hollywood scenester, Bingenheimer has always been at the forefront of musical taste, disovering countless acts from Bowie to Blondie to Coldplay.

Though the Hollywood of Binghenheimer days is long-gone, the radio DJ continues on.  His show has been pushed to the graveyard shift, his celebrity friends have retired, and the music scene has been taken over by manufactured pop icons, but Rodney is still on the strip quietly living his dream as a Hollywood icon …

I think his story is beyond compelling, and there is no better way to see it than on the big screen … or the little one via Netflex on demand.  Check out Mayor of the Sunset Strip, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

 

The Cramps

The Cramps are the greatest rock n’ roll band of all time (maybe you’ve heard me say that before, though!).  The band was started in 1976 by Lux Interior and Poison Ivy.  They played alongside Patti Smith, the Ramones, and the Talking Heads as a part of the CBGB/Max’s Kansas City first wave of punk rock scene.  The Cramps represent the coolest, and most bizarro mix of rockabilly, horror, 50s kitsch, and teenage fun (everything that rock n’ roll is supposed to be about Bono!).  Who else would play a concert at a mental institution?!  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the greatest band in rock n’ roll history … The Cramps!

… and why aren’t these guys in the Hall of Fame?!

When Alice Cooper met Salvador Dali

In early April of 1973, a mind-melding of sorts took place in New York City. Over the course of about two weeks, shock-rocker Alice Cooper and surrealist king Salvador Dali, ate together, drank together, and basked in the glow of each other`s exceptional uniqueness.  The latter made a suggestion that went something along the lines of, “I would like to turn you into a work of art.  It’s name will be ‘First Cylindric Chromo-Hologram Portrait of Alice Cooper`s Brain.'”  The surrealist then handed Cooper a sculpture of his brain, sculpted out of plaster (or something), with a chocolate eclair running down it`s middle and ants crawling all over it.  The painter said, “This is Dali`s version of Alice Cooper`s brain,” to which Cooper replied, “Wow, I never thought I`d ever get this.”  And so the first 3-D hologram was inspired.

The artwork features Cooper, and his ant-covered eclair brain, biting the head off of the Venus De Milo while wearing $2 million worth of diamond tiaras and necklaces.

The hologram is in the Dali museum in Spain; this meeting of “eminent weirdos” has kind of been lost to history, but it will live on forever on the pages of SuperRadNow!