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Angry Robot – Harbinger of Yuletide Cheer

Recently, I found myself blessed by a wondrous tune, entitled “Angry Robot” by John Anealio. He recounts the tale of a poor automaton who, encountering the terrors of the Internet, finds himself unable to fulfill his desire to purge the world of humanity.

Download the song for free here, and follow along with the lyrics below.

Angry Robot; plotting the overthrow of all mankind
Angry Robot; thoughts of Armageddon on his mind
Don’t look him in the eye, he’s an Angry Robot

The Angry Robot wasn’t always mad
He started out so happy but things went bad
Cause when he hooked up to the internet
what he saw there filled him with pained regret

He wanted to go on a killing spree
to rip the souls from meatbags and set them free
His Asimovian circuit wouldn’t let
him kill just anyone he met.

Angry Robot; plotting the overthrow of all mankind
Angry Robot; thoughts of Armageddon on his mind
Don’t look him in the eye, he’s an Angry Robot

But angry as he was the robot knew
there was no violent thing that he could do
He learned about the Singularity
when chips & blood become one entity

The human system software is a mess
but the robot knew that with success
a robot/human hybrid he would be
and he could kill with equanimity

Angry Robot; plotting the overthrow of all mankind
Angry Robot; thoughts of Armageddon on his mind
Don’t look him in the eye, he’s an Angry Robot

from The Robot E​.​P., track released 01 March 2011 Lyrics by John Anealio & Matt Forbeck

Beneath the surface, John and Matt have crafted the perfect holiday song for 2011. Because the reasons may not be immediately obvious to everyone, I will spell out the holiday connections for you:

Frosty the Snowman

Like the Angry Robot, Frosty was created by man. Powered by a magical hat, Frosty came into the world, innocent and, let’s face it, ignorant. Angry Robot, too, was innocent, until the taint of Rickrolls, Peanut Butter Jelly Times, Numa Numa’s, and Cheezburgers that Can Be Has’d overloaded his circuits.

Of course, Frosty’s dilemma is somewhat different than that of Angry Robot – he faces imminent temperature increase and death by melting.

Somehow I doubt Santa will lend
Angry Robot last minute
assistance with his goals…

Professor Hinkle, the magician responsible for Frosty’s magical hat, is totally against the concept of Frosty achieving his ends – going to the North Pole to avoid liquification.

In the same way, the Angry Robot’s programmers went well out of their way to ensure that he could never have what he truly wanted: the death of humankind.

Those selfish jerks.

A Christmas Carol

Angry Robot could easily be Ebenezer Scrooge reincarnate. (Well… as ‘incarnate’ as a robot is as capable of being, anyway.)

Though he was always a bit of a nitpick, Scrooge did not truly hit his low point until his fianceé, Belle, tells him he’s too focused on his penny-pinching ways, and it’s over between them.

At that point, Scrooge truly snaps. He becomes the miser and all around jerk we know and love. The only real difference here is that Angry Robot has a more proactive plan to “decrease the surplus population.”

Humbug.

The parallel does not end here. When the Christmas Ghosts visit Scrooge, he finds himself on a quest to rediscover himself. Finally, he achieves the Angry Robot’s necessary goal: Scrooge becomes human once again.

When the Angry Robot accomplishes this, however, there will be no Christmas feast. More like a Christmas barbecue.

God bless us. Every one.

Die Hard

Angry Robot can relate to John McClane.

It’s one New York cop versus a dozen German terrorists, and it’s Angry Robot versus seven billion stinking meatbags clogging the Earth.

McClane is, for all intents and purposes, all alone.

Even when he gets ‘backup,’ it just makes things worse.

Now I have a machine gun.
Ho ho ho.

They’re both comfortable with taking action when it’s clearly necessary, and will shoot and/or explode anything that gets in their way.

Though Hans Gruber and company try to crash the Nakatomi Christmas party, McClane goes to every length – climbing dangerous elevator shafts, crossing a field of broken glass with bare feet, and blowing up the entire bottom several floors of the tower with C4 – to prevent them from succeeding.

Angry Robot will not stop there. There may not be enough C4 in the world, but I feel confident he’ll find a way to keep humanity from continuing to crash his party.

Plenty to fear over at
http://angryrobotbooks.com/

In conclusion, “Angry Robot” belongs right between “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” and “Christmas at Ground Zero” as a true holiday classic in your Yuletide playlists. I’m sure there are some other great parallels to be drawn that I didn’t consider, so feel free to bring them up below!

While I wait to hear back from the Christmas Music Authority, feel free to check out “Season’s Geekings“, a holiday album from John Anealio. It features other greats such as “Batman Smells (A Rebuttal)” and “Is a Chupacabra Kosher?” You can download it for FREE here!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all good luck in the impending robot revolution!