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Oztronaut

Oztronaut

Oztronaut


'''Oztronaut''' is an experimental rock band, cited as the founders of instrumental electro-industrial-rock. Years Active: 1982-1986 1992-1995 2001-2002 2005-? The band was formed in Zerephath, New Jersey in 1982. Founding members, Frederick "Spanky" Ketslan(drums), Gregory "Lumpy" Harris(Keytar), Sebastian "Cocky" Cokeling(bass), Perry "Lazy" Furweather(lead guitar), recorded the single "Financial Voyage" in 1983, in Ketslan's kitchen. According to Harris, Read more on Last.fm
'''Oztronaut''' is an experimental rock band, cited as the founders of instrumental electro-industrial-rock. Years Active: 1982-1986 1992-1995 2001-2002 2005-? The band was formed in Zerephath, New Jersey in 1982. Founding members, Frederick "Spanky" Ketslan(drums), Gregory "Lumpy" Harris(Keytar), Sebastian "Cocky" Cokeling(bass), Perry "Lazy" Furweather(lead guitar), recorded the single "Financial Voyage" in 1983, in Ketslan's kitchen. According to Harris, "The message behind the song is that sometimes it's okay to get baked if you can still make the car payment." Soon after, the single garnered a small amount of success in the local area, with less then 120 fans, an argument between Cokeling and Furweather ended when the both shot each other to death after a show in the local tavern.

After replacing them with Michael "Mikey" Cristovich(lead), they recorded their 2nd single two months later titled "Hawk Down", which was written as a memorial to their fallen band mates. The death of Cokeling, lifelong friend of Harris, had driven him to do LSD and cocaine. Under the influence of these hallucinogenic drugs, Harris wrote the hardcore experimental song "Shkkkitz". This song sold all 287 original copies, becoming the third most famous single they ever wrote.

In 1984, they released their first EP, Crickets in the Gutter, containing their first three singles. Only 644 copies were made, and only 403 were sold. After that, they started touring the east coast, and Ketslan had many religious experiences causing him to convert to Christianity saying: "It's more fun getting shitfaced and playing the drums if you know you're playing God's dick when you go to bed." This revelation inspired another single, "Blowing Jesus" which followed the highly experimental style of "Shkkkitz". Ketslan explained that the inspiration for this song came in a dream: "One morning when I was kicking transgendered hookers out of our band's motel room, I remembered the dream I had the night before.

In that dream, Jesus showed up and said 'Hello Spanky', and I said 'Hello Jesus, why are you in my dream?' Jesus said 'I heard you give a good BJ'. So yeah, I gave him one. He came in a minute and twenty-three seconds, so I wrote song that long about how awesome it was" Everything was well with the band, until one show when an especially intoxicated Harris proceeded to urinate on over seventy crowd members because they booed the band off the stage. Cristovich was carrying a handgun that night in his pants.

The crowd infuriated him, so hes shot eight rounds into the crowd, severely injuring three people. The police took Harris and Cristovich away. Harris served three years and two months in prison, he was released April 17,1989. Cristovich served five years eight months of prison, he was released October 17,1991.

The band soon came back together and released a new album, "Fuckin' the Ztairz", in 1992. It was their first full length album. There were only six songs, four of which were over seventeen minutes long, the others were under forty-five seconds. In 1994, Oztronaut released their second album "The Sexy Adventures of Harley the Snowman and the Martian Rapists With Sixteen Toes and the Girl Scouts from Kuwait and the Polio Parrots from Prostitute Island Will Always Have A Place In The Governor's Heart". This album included some of their most famous songs: "Blowing Jesus", "Spider Milk", and "Tammy's Slumber Party".

The album was over two hours long containing 14 tracks. After the success of their second album, the band went on hiatus in early 1996, promising their fans they would return with a revival tour. Their promise proved true in 2001 when the band went on the "Wriggling Obese Maggot Tour" with Crippled Antelope, a band from the same local town. The band broke up again in 2002, and all of the members have gone on to other less famous projects. Another album has been rumored, but only four copies are known to exist, on cassette.

Only one single has been released since "Blowing Jesus", which was "Tag-Along Cyclops" in 2006. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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