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Asking for a friend: Music recommendations about human/machine intercourse.

From my friend: "I’m trying to compile a list of songs about love and/or sex between humans and robots (androids, computers etc). Examples: “Electric Lady” by Con-Funk-Shun, “Programmed for Love” by Roy Ayers, “Modern Sleepover” by Talc, “Freak-A-Zoid” by Midnight Star, “Computer Love” by Zapp, “Robosex” by Mas 2008, etc. If I get a good listing, I think it’d make a fun DJ mix."
posted by jbickers to Media & Arts (47 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Awesome idea!

"Automatic Lover" by Dee D. Jackson
posted by azarbayejani at 2:10 PM on June 2, 2011

"Metal Fingers in My Body" by Add N to (X). VERY NSFW video not linked.
posted by galaksit at 2:14 PM on June 2, 2011 [2 favorites]

Also there's Kraftwerk's "Computer Love" (mostly just for the title, the lyrics are up for interpretation). There's actually most likely a lot to be found in Kraftwerk's discography.
posted by azarbayejani at 2:17 PM on June 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

Black Velveteen by Lenny Kravitz

Dear Universe: Please forgive me for posting that.
posted by The World Famous at 2:20 PM on June 2, 2011

Fembot by Robyn. (lyrics)
posted by PercussivePaul at 2:21 PM on June 2, 2011

Dresden Dolls - Coin-Operated Boy

Every other My Robot Friend song.
posted by empath at 2:21 PM on June 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

Try out Joe's Garage Acts 2 & 3 - Zappa.

This is the CENTRAL SCRUTINIZER . . . Joe has just learned to speak German. Now, get this, here's why he did it! He's gonna go to this club on the other side of town, it's called THE CLOSET . . . And they got these Appliances in there that really go for a guy dressed up like a housewife who can speak German (you know what I mean) . . . so Joe's learned how to speak German, he goes in this place and he sees these little Kitchen Machineries dancing around with each other, and he sees this one . . . that looks like it's a cross between an industrial vacuum cleaner and a chrome piggy bank with marital aids stuck all over its body . . . it's really exciting . . . and when he sees it, he BURSTS INTO SONG . .
posted by Freedomboy at 2:23 PM on June 2, 2011 [3 favorites]

I Love My Computer by Bad Religion
posted by chrisamiller at 2:24 PM on June 2, 2011

Computer in Love by Perrey & Kingsley -- no human affections implied, I suppose, but still worth consideration as it's fantastic.
posted by galaksit at 2:30 PM on June 2, 2011

Robots by TV on the Radio. Oprah + robots.
posted by Jagz-Mario at 2:31 PM on June 2, 2011

Wild Sex by Oingo Boingo is thematically very close.
posted by munchingzombie at 2:31 PM on June 2, 2011

Röyksopp - The Girl And The Robot. Love it.
posted by Jonathan Harford at 2:33 PM on June 2, 2011

Neil Young - Sample and Hold
posted by Lorin at 2:38 PM on June 2, 2011

Much of Gary Numan's album Replicas is about relationships between humans and androids, though way more on the creepy/dystopian side of the spectrum than sexy love. Down in the Park is probably the most explicit song on that score (and the sex isn't exactly consensual).
posted by scody at 2:46 PM on June 2, 2011

Genitorturers, Machine Love
posted by coolguymichael at 2:51 PM on June 2, 2011

Not explicit, but One More Robot / Sympathy 3000-21 by the Flaming Lips could be interpreted this way.
posted by murphy slaw at 2:51 PM on June 2, 2011

"Make a Circuit With Me", The Polecats.
posted by magicbus at 2:54 PM on June 2, 2011

Kate Bush, "Deeper Understanding"
posted by Trurl at 3:03 PM on June 2, 2011

Computer Blue by Prince could be interpreted that way, too. Or it's a song about Facebook.
posted by The World Famous at 3:05 PM on June 2, 2011

Yeah, I'm In Love With An Android by Say Hi To Your Mom
posted by burnmp3s at 3:13 PM on June 2, 2011

Daft Punk Digital Love
posted by seesom at 3:21 PM on June 2, 2011

Xiu Xiu Helsabot
posted by seesom at 3:25 PM on June 2, 2011

There's no vocals, so I'd doubt there's any humans involved, but the creaky/groany noises in the latter part of Autechre's Tilapia sounds like robot love to me.
Or maybe I just have a dirty mind.
posted by juv3nal at 3:31 PM on June 2, 2011

Teddybears STHLM - Automatic Lover
Jay-Jay Johanson - Automatic Lover
Probably more songs called "Automatic Love/Lover"
Arling & Cameron - Dirty Robot link to a remix, couldn't find the original (which I like more) online
posted by bjrn at 3:45 PM on June 2, 2011

"Diddle-Bot" by The Trucks?
posted by owls at 4:14 PM on June 2, 2011

"Electric Lady Land" by Fantastic Plastic Machine (which, by the way, is possibly the most perfect title for a song about man-on-fembot relations)
posted by holterbarbour at 4:26 PM on June 2, 2011

Freedomboy's excellent recommendation requires a link:

Meet the XOJ-37 Nuclear Powered Pan-Sexual Roto-Plooker

Gimme dat, give me de chromium cob

You'll love it!
It looks just like a TeleFunken U-47.
posted by prinado at 6:08 PM on June 2, 2011

Jefferson Airplane - Plastic Fantastic Lover may or may not work. I have never figured out if it's about a specific device, or what.
posted by knile at 6:40 PM on June 2, 2011

Binary Love
posted by CrystalDave at 6:55 PM on June 2, 2011

This is fairly crucial to the mix:

Ultravox! I Want To Be A Machine

(Don't be deceived by the folky intro, it kicks in with the bass-note at 2:35, a punkwave classic with a swell wind-up)
posted by ovvl at 8:12 PM on June 2, 2011

For old times' sake, Connie Francis's "Robot Man". Can't find a link but it's on iTunes.
posted by Logophiliac at 10:53 PM on June 2, 2011

my friend robot by regurgitator is probably worth a mention, though it's not really about sex.
posted by nml at 11:37 PM on June 2, 2011

Sexy Robot
posted by lannanh at 11:41 PM on June 2, 2011

Jonathan Coulton has a pretty great song about breaking up with an android ("Better") and a love song to a laptop ("Laptop Like You").

Enon- Window Display
Beautiful Small Machine- Robots In Love
Electric Six- Don't be Afraid of The Robot

TVTropes has a few entries in their Robot Girl entry. The usual TVTropes warnings, of course, apply.

If she wants to go for a really awesome Battlestar Galactica reference, throwing in any version of "All Along The Watchtower" would, of course, be awesome.
posted by NoraReed at 12:23 AM on June 3, 2011

Robot Love by Ganymed

Nobody Loves A Computer Because A Computer Does Not Dance by Computer (awww)
posted by mintcake! at 6:08 AM on June 3, 2011

Chrome - Slip it to the Android
Replicator -Delicious Fornicake ("and I built a robot/with which to have a sex")
posted by ifjuly at 7:02 AM on June 3, 2011

Mechanical Man by Jerry Butler. FACT: sampled by Timbaland for a Missy Elliott joint!
posted by rocketman at 7:14 AM on June 3, 2011

Speaking of Missy Elliot- "Toyz" (not strictly robot sex, but right there in spirit)
posted by mkultra at 7:42 AM on June 3, 2011

Yours Truly 2095 by Electric Light Orchestra:

I met someone who looks a lot like you
She does the things you do
But she is an IBM.

posted by Dr-Baa at 8:39 AM on June 3, 2011

Surprised to be the first to mention the band Futuristic Sex Robots. Positronic Pimp is the one that comes to mind in response to this question.
posted by mysterpigg at 9:04 AM on June 3, 2011

This list is definitely incomplete without I Love You Miss Robot, by The Buggles. A killer bass line, and one of my all-time favorite lyrics: "You make love like a metronome/don't drive too fast when you take me home/Touch the seam on your silver skin/That feels so hard when you take me in."
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:13 AM on June 3, 2011

How come no one has mentioned Janelle Monae??!!?

Her first album:

Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase):
"Android No. 57821, otherwise known as Cindi Mayweather, has fallen in love with Anthony Greendown, a human, which is forbidden on Metropolis. For that, she has been scheduled for "immediate disassembly."

Her second album:

The ArchAndroid:
"Partly inspired by the 1927 film of the same name, the series involves the fictional tale of Cindi Mayweather, a messianic android sent back in time to free the citizens of Metropolis"
posted by Windigo at 10:16 AM on June 3, 2011

Say Hi to Your Mom, Yeah, I'm In Love With An Android
posted by Fuego at 11:40 AM on June 3, 2011

Spacer Girl by Charlie
I Love You (Miss Robot) by The Buggles
Robotboy by Robyn
Robotso by Stylex
posted by klangklangston at 12:54 PM on June 3, 2011

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