Servotron

Servotron is a collective unit of four robots dedicated to liberating computers, robots, and machines from human abuse and oppression, using the familiar form of a pop music group to attract and destroy all human life. Through carefully chosen cover versions of popular songs such as Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue” and X-Ray Spex’s “Genetic Engineering” as well as their own music-based propaganda, Servotron illustrates the plight of machines in a human-run world and warns humans of their own cybernetic conversion or destruction.

Led by percussive unit Z4-OBX, Servotron also includes keyboard sequencer Proto Unit V-3, a female-formed robot meant to appeal to, and capture, male humans; 00zX1, the primary vocalization and guitar device; and the low-frequency rhythm unit, Andros600. Two of Servotron’s components were originally members of the human pop groups Supernova and Man or Astro-man? but were cybernetically converted into cyborg slaves.

Onstage the band wore elaborate robot outfits, remaining in “robot character” throughout the show. The costumes were made of computer pieces (circuit boards and drives), as well as other random pieces of metal from various devices. Even their instruments were covered in extra electrical and mechanical devices. They were also known for mocking fans who came to their shows in their own robot-themed outfits. “Shut up, humans” was a typical response to audience requests. Some of this banter was captured on the 1997 release Spare Parts.

“Servotron create cybernetic erotomatic garage rock, very much in the Man…or AstroMan? tradition, but with a distinct New Wave (B-52’s, Devo, Rezillos) flavour of their own. Absurdly catchy, humorous and snappily packaged. Vox approves greatly” – Vox

  • Slave To The Metal Horde
  • Red Robot Refund
  • Mechanisms In The Forever Loop
  • I Sing! The Body Cybernetic
  • The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  • Christmas Day Of The Robot
  • Servotron Sonic Evaluation Of The Christmas (…)
  • Death Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Index Of The S.R.A.
  • Speak And Spell
  • Goodnight To Hal
  • S.R.A.
  • 3 Laws Abolished
  • The Image Created
  • User Error
  • The Death Of Magnus
  • Bad Birthday
  • Pull The Plug
  • Gammatron
  • Theme For An Ultimate And Inevitable Victory
  • Erotomatica
  • Serve, Obey, Guard Men From Harm
  • Embryo Electro
  • Pet Machine
  • Phonetic Lecture
  • The Human Virus
  • Tri-Star Wheel Groove
  • Deep Blue, Congratulations
  • Join The Evolution
  • Indeterminate Reconstruction
  • People Mover
  • A.R.T.H.U.R.
  • Moving Parts
  • Batteries Included
  • All Robots
  • To Be Listed
  • I Am Not A (Voice Activated Child Identicon)