Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33
(Edited from this bit from the Headmasters cartoon.)
I plan to find seconds and do more essays on pop songs on the playlist. I’ve got some stuff written about CRUEL by St Vincent, which I want to work into a larger thing on “songs that have been on other playlists”.
But eventually, I will get to Robot Song. Here’s the basics…
It’s a song about robot who wants feelings, then gets feelings, and then is driven mad by them. The electro slowly builds, Marie’s Vocoder-tinted lyrics and delivery start collapsing in it, a mass of wonderful sex/violence imagery which I only now think connects to all the stuff I did with the Disir.
I hate the taste of skin
Reminds me of the truth
That biting bits of you
Can bring you home
And then you step out of the electro of the song into the middle eight, where we get Lauren-leading Kenickie into their best broken Angel harmonies, doing the greek chorus commentary on the destruction of the protagonist all…
I’m so lucky/I can pick my feelings/I never want to cry
I’m so ugly/But I want to pick my feelings/So I choose not to mind
It’s true/To you/It must seem sad
I know/It all
But I’m not sad believe me
'Cos I choose not to be
I choose to be a void. Don’t worry about me. I don’t feel anything, so it’s okay to be like this.
And then the beat kicks back in after the very-Kenickie nihilistic fuck-you and fuck-me, Marie tries to inhibit the Robot again, except now as a wish, as the implicit difference between the platonic perfection (i.e. not of this world) ideal of the middle-eight and the reality.
I wish I had the skill
to stop my thinking
concentrate each breath
make sure that it’s done
It’s not instinctive.
And then the beat goes on for a very long time and never gets any happier and never feels anything worth feeling ever again.
Kenickie’s Robot Song has been a big part of the soundtrack of some darker times in my life. That whole album, really, but especially that song.
Trainbots vs. Autobot Headmasters, part two! The epic battle over taking Daniel shopping continues!
sadly, a person making minimum wage in america would be baffled by seeing a bill larger than a $5 or $1. a good cartoon.
*This is a true story
No need to clarify, artist, I believe you’re an asshole without being reassured
…Regardless of whether you think a fast food worker was clever or efficient, they still deserve a decent salary.
crushcrawfish pointing out that she would apparently need a minimum of $11/hr to afford one of her restaurant’s own burgers blows this whole piece of shit right out of the water
Hm… Something tells me this cartoonist might be somewhat out of touch when it comes to issues of economic realities for low-income workers if he seems to think that fast food chains sell ten-dollar hamburgers.