Pete Conrad’s iconic reflection shot through Alan Bean’s helmet on the Apollo 12 mission to the moon on November 19 of 1969; Photo: Pete Conrad/NASA

A mere four months after the late Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 crew took their infamous step and leap for man and mankind on the moon, ‘Murrica shot another crew — Apollo 12 — up to lunar lands on this day in 1969. Or did they?

So goes the brilliant piece of pop patchwork of “Man on the Moon,” perfectly paying homage to all Apollo missions, combining the metaphor of an enigma that was Andy Kaufman, the freedom to be a conspiracist and the peak of R.E.M.‘s social commentary meets mandolin-folk weavings. Is it art or entertainment? Such is life.

Especially our propensity to be the first nation to put a man on the moon. Or as Michael Stipe cunningly wrote, without said blurry line between art and entertainment, well “nothing is cool:”

If you believed they put a man on the moon
Man on the moon
If you believe there’s nothing up my sleeve
Then nothing is cool