6 SEPTEMBER 1966
This track was taken from their third album, 'Fifth Dimension', and the hints of country rock in this song indicate the future musical direction that the band would take, although they still had a couple of psychedelic-folk albums to come before they made the full switch. Both Jim (later 'Roger') McGuinn and Dave Crosby had a strong interest in the subject of extra-terrestrial intelligence, and 'Mr Spaceman' had started life as a much more serious 'melodramatic screenplay' concept before being whittled down to almost a novelty song.
Coincidentally, just two days later a new TV show called ‘Star Trek’ was aired for the first time.
B-side: 'What's Happening?!?!'
Recorded: 28-29 April, 3-6 May 1966, Columbia Studios, Hollywood
Released: 6 September 1966
Highest chart position: #36 (US)
Writer: Jim McGuinn
Producer: Allen Stanton