My far out friend in the sky…from 1996 Imperial Drag’s “The Man In The Moon”

The Man In The Moon – Imperial Drag (1996) HQ FLAC Audio HD Video

“The Man In The Moon” was released on Imperial Drag’s self-titled debut album in 1996. As a huge Jellyfish fan (one of the very first vids I ever made was for a Jellyfish song….and I gave it everything I had at the time! LOL!) it was such a …drag? 😉 to hear they had broken up, but I was thrilled to hear Roger Manning Jr. had a new group and rushed out to buy Imperial Drag’s debut. The album was a major let down for me at the time, and nothing really stuck besides “The Man In The Moon”…..the one track that sounded like what I expected and wanted to hear from this band, Jellyfish II…better yet Spilt Milk part II!

I became much, much more fond of it in later years as I started to listen to it on it’s own terms…it’s got some brilliant things happening, it rocks…. and if you’ve not heard it, it’s certainly worth searching out.

The video is my second edit of Georges Méliès’ 1902 early film masterpiece, A Trip to the Moon. (Check out Electric Light Orchestra’s “Ticket To The Moon” for another, less repetitive and more complete edit to the film: )

After the dissolution of Jellyfish, Roger Manning formed his new outfit, Imperial Drag, with lead singer/guitarist Eric Dover. Working with producer Brad Jones, the band released their self-titled debut in 1996 to the delight of Jellyfish fans.
The sound of Imperial Drag doesn’t veer far from the power pop of Jellyfish, although it isn’t nearly as orchestrated as that band’s final effort Spilt Milk. Instead, the sound is more, loose and opts for a garage-rock feel. Dover is a quality vocalist who bears more than a faint resemblance to Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, particularly on “Crosseyed” and the playful “‘Breakfast’ By Tiger.” The lyrics, on which Dover is a co-writer, are the clever stuff that fans had come to expect from Manning. Highlights include the opener, “Zodiac Sign,” a lyrical send-up of all things New Age, and the tentative love song “Illuminate,” on which Dover proves himself capable of handling a ballad as well as the rockers. Imperial Drag is good, good stuff.

Everybody loves him
cause he’s light years from home.
The poets and the painters
they can’t leave him alone.
A lighthouse to romantics
both on land and at sea.
A satellite of secrets
born of charm and intrigue.

He’s the man in the moon
see how he smiles.
The man in the moon
still, sad all the while.

One night they came knocking
on his living room door.
They used him, bruised him
screwed him hard until
they were bored.
Now no one seems to give a damn anymore
Another lunatic loser who’s no longer adored.

He’s the man in the moon
my far out friend in the sky.
The man in the moon
Oh, see how he cries.

He’s the man in the moon
Oh, see how he smiles
The man in the moon…
a supersonic space-age child.
He’s the man in the moon
my far out friend in the sky.
The man in the moon
Oh, see how he cries.


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