aka Die Roboter
Re-mixed and re-released 1991)

If a robot could sing, this song, by electronic rock gods Kraftwerk, is what it would sound like. Listen!

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“In the Year 2525” (1969) by Zager and Evans
October 6, 20160 Commentsby KATE NAGY
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This is a song about the future, and a frightening future it is, too. Our minds are controlled by drugs; our bodies are useless; people will “pick your son, pick your daughter too/from the bottom of a long glass tube” (hey, isn’t that sort of possible now, in a sense, with some of the newer reproductive technologies?); and finally, by 9595, “[Man] has taken everything this old earth can give/And he ain’t put back nothing…” (aren’t people saying this about the earth, like, today?) And as this bleak future draws to a close, “so very far away/maybe it’s only yesterday” – the cycle repeats itself. Prescient, thought-provoking, and scary as can be.

If God’s a-comin’, he oughta make it by then…

“The Robots”
Written by Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, Karl Bartos
Produced by Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider
Format: 7″ | Length: 4:20
Released: 1978 | Label: Kling Klang (EMI)

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KATE NAGY

Kate Nagy is Editor at Large of Geek Speak Magazine, meaning that like the Maidenform Woman (80s reference WHOA), you never know where she'll turn up next. Likes: home repair, thunderstorms, 80s references, and the Lost finale. Dislikes: home repair, big crowds, bad music, and the Joker in any incarnation. Yeah, she's a little weird. How weird? Visit her blog, Kate Holds Court, to find out.