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The Astronauts

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Four bands use the name “The Astronauts”:

1) Surf band from Colorado in the early 1960’s. Their appeal was primarily regional, but their 1963 single “Baja” drew national attention and reached #94 on the Billboard pop charts.

2) A nostalgic surf rock band from Bielefeld, Germany. Their style is instrumental space-surf rock n’ roll. The liner notes from their 10” EP “Lost in Space”, released in 1993 by Pin Up Records, shed some light on their retro aesthetic: “Do you play your Pin Up Monaural long-play recordings on a Mono phonograph? Please do. The sound quality of any Pin Up long-play recordings is actually enhanced on a Mono phonograph. This Pin Up Low Fidelity recording is the result of the most antique techniques of our time…” Their live shows are known for the homemade astronaut costumes worn by the band, as well as the amount of beer consumed through their helmets.

3) Anarcho-punk band. Inspired by the UK punk explosion. Mark Astronaut formed the band with a few friends in 1977 and began playing local gigs in their hometown of Welwyn Garden City.By 1979 The Astronauts were regularly appearing at free festivals and gigs in London organised by a hippy collective known as Fuck Off Records and from these began a close friendship with London punk bands Zounds and the Mob.
That year the first Astronauts ep was released on local label Bugle Records and musically it reflected the hippie drug culture combined with the energy of punk.’All Night Party’ still sounds like the paranoid nightmare it did back then.The record established the Astronauts on the local gig scene among the non mainstram hippie/punk/biker crowd.

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