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|song name||Robot Parade|
|artist||They Might Be Giants|
|releases||No!, No! Preview, TMBG Clock Radio, Podcast 2A|
|first played||April 13, 2000 (382 known performances)|
|sung by||John Flansburgh|
- This song is actually the first song written for The Chopping Block for an as of yet unreleased version of their website with a robot theme. The version to appear on the future www.choppingblock.com site is titled "Robot Design". It was then adapted for No! as "Robot Parade". The CB version goes, "Robot design, robot design - rest your head on the Chopping Block".
- From the band's song-by-song analysis of No!:
Robot Parade is based on a traditional melody sung by robots before robot uprisings and unicorn battles, but because a lot of the lyrics of the original songs are actually explicitly anti-unicorn it seemed inappropriate for kids—especially girls going through a unicorn/princess phase.
- An early mix of this song appeared in 2000 as one of several free MP3s offered through eMusic that predated TMBG Unlimited.
- At some shows (including in the video from tmbg.com) Flansburgh sings: "Children obey what the robots say!"
- Live performances accompany a rock tune of this song rather than a duet version. Additionally, the song has been performed live in the key of G major.
- This song, along with "Shoehorn With Teeth" was performed live on Late Night With Conan O'Brien in March 2002.
- This song was used over the ending credits of The Simpsons episode "Them, Robot", which first aired 18 March 2012.
Altered Voice, Children, Recycled Material, Robots, Science, Size, Time, Transportation
- A video of the song, featuring an in-studio performance, appears on the CD/DVD combo version of Here Come The ABCs.
- Watch the video on tmbg.com (Live)
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Robot Parade is currently ranked #542 out of 910. (64 wikians have given it an average rating of 7.98)
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