Oh, Styx, this is the first time that I’ve really heard and listened to this song all the way through and really, really paid attention to it. I have a vague memory as a kid of listening to this song, maybe with my aunt at my grandma’s house, and I think maybe we watched the video of it or something; I have this memory of a sense of fascinated dread of Mr. Roboto. I was 7 or 8 when this came out, so yeah, I can see where I might have been a little scared and a little excited about Mr. Roboto.
Anyway, two thoughts come to mind as I listened to this. First thing, I totally missed the boat on y’all, Styx. It’s probably for the best that I didn’t become obsessed with yet another thing, but I can totally see myself going down the rabbit hole of your concept albums. I watched the intro video for this song and I guarantee I would have been hooked on the whole idea of Killroy and the world of Mr. Roboto.
Second thing, up until about 4 months ago, I was all on board with your fear of robots and dehumanization, Styx. And then we bought a Roomba. Who we named Rumbles. And I love him. A year ago I would have slapped my face for saying that I loved a robot, but he does the job I don’t want to, just like Mr. Roboto. If there was a dusting robot, I would be totally onboard.
I’ve been afraid of a robot uprising for a long time. Like for serious afraid. But that was before I realized that robots could vacuum my house. I’m guessing that that’s how they’re going to get us, but I hope Rumbles puts in a good word for me when the robot overlords take over. And I hope they’ll still let us listen to this song.