Hear This: With “Robots,” Flight Of The Conchords struck down the human race

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, as part of our salute to artificial intelligence, we’re looking at songs about robots and/or computers.

Flight Of The Conchords, “Robots” (2007)

It’s easy enough to make a movie about robots or aliens or some other sentient being taking over the world. It’s another thing entirely to write a song about it. Fortunately, that’s what Flight Of The Conchords’ Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement are for.

In 2007, “New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo-acapella-rap-funk-comedy-folk duo” introduced the world to its low-budget production aesthetic and out-there attitude with “Sally,” the pilot episode to the group’s titular HBO show. That episode featured a couple of great FOTC songs, including “The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room),” but “Robots” was the episode’s standout cut, bridging several parts …

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