Thursday, 25 December 2014

Sleigh Ride : C3PO & R2D2

It's Christmas day and what better way to celebrate than inviting friends and family round, exchange gifts, share stories, drink until you're sleepy, eat until you fart and maybe shed a solitary tear as you recall just how much more fun Christmas day was when you were younger. Well don't despair you miserable sodbots because today you've got six robot songs to unwrap!

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, some feckwit decided to let R2D2 and C3PO record a Christmas album. Did they even have Christmas a long time ago in a galaxy far far away??? I think not, but the idea of a Star Wars Christmas album may well be considered one of George Lucas's many clangers, along with Ewoks (sorry girls), The f*cking Phantom Menace and the rest of the fecking prequels can sith off too!!  In many ways this robot song is a clanger, but it also has a certain charm too... and it is better than The Phantom f*cking Menace.

Chiron Beta Prime : Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton is one of my favourite robot songsmiths. He penned the beautifully haunting Still Alive which played over the closing credits of the video game Portal. He penned the equally sinister Want You Gone which featured in Portal 2, and he penned this chrimbo-cyber-classic titled Chiron Beta Prime.

Jonathan Coulton will make a welcome return to 101 Songs About Robots in the new year next xmas with a dedicated week long Jonathan Coultonathon to honour his contribution to robot music. :)

Rudolph The Red Nosed Robot : Blotnik Brothers

This robot Christmas song is best described as utterly bonkers. But what else would one expect from Sweden's blotty Blotnik Brothers?

Electronic Santa : Blazer Force

Building on the beats laid down by the Blotnik Brothers, this little festive gem is from Blazer force, better known as Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords. Bret, Bret, Bret, however you pronounce it, I thank you from the bottom of my Christmas stocking.

Christmas Robot : The Retrobot

More bonkers beats on this festive 101 Songs About Robots Christmas Special, this time courtesy of The Retrobot. This particular song was the subject of an ill-fated social media campaign to get it to number one in the UK singles chart for Xmas 2013.

I guess we can safely assume that the campaign failed. Shame as it is a catchy tune.

Merry Merry Christmas : C3PO & R2D2

Putting the robotic bleeps and beats behind us, I'll end the 101 Songs About Robots Xmas Special with another gem from the Star Wars Christmas album.

Have a great Christmas everyone! And remember, when robots rule the world, Christmas will be a thing of the past, so enjoy it whilst you can. I'll be back in the new year with even more robot songs for your listening pleasure. A big thank you goes out to all those who've suggested robot songs, and please, keep your robot song suggestions coming!!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Our Toys are Good to Go! : The CE-E Robot

This isn't a song about a robot... it's a song by a robot.

In fact it's best described as a Public Information Film and it's perfect for this time of year. I'm sure lots of you are immersed in buying your kidbots far too many Christmas prezzies, but I sincerely hope that you're also paying attention to the current safety standards. "What safety standards?" I hear you holler. Well, the CE-E robot explains it far more eloquently than I can.

If that was a proper Public Information Film from the 70s... it wouldn't be quite so entertaining. Instead of a little robot dancing and singing, it'd have some scary celebrity narrating over some deeply depressing background music accompanying images of children stabbing each other in the face with the nails that hold their dolls together, or puncturing their sibling's lungs with a knock-off Action Man bolt thrower, or scattering bits of a former toddler all over the carpet and curtains with a cheap copy of a Fisher Price lawn mower... I was so busy dancing to the CE-E Robot song that I don't think the message really got through ...why can't they make Public Information Films like they used to?

Play safe & stay safe... I'll be back on Xmas day with a 101 Songs About Robots Christmas Special!