September 01, 2018

Why 35 years on, “Mr. Roboto” still holds title of worst song in history of “peoplekind”

David MenziesMission Specialist

Thirty-five years ago, I vividly remember turning on MuchMusic, and seeing the music video for something called "Mr. Roboto" by Styx.

It was 1983. The New York Islanders were en route to winning their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup, the “other” Trudeau was Prime Minister and Nintendo had just released the Mario Brothers video game.

It was a different world, to be sure, but nothing could’ve prepared me for what I was about to see when "Mr. Roboto" blasted onto the screen.

I watched with a mixture of fascination, bewilderment and frankly, horror, so where does one begin the autopsy?

In the final analysis, I suppose if you’re going to be bad, you may as well be brutally, mind-numbingly, wickedly bad, not mediocre bad.

Domo arigoto, "Mr. Roboto" indeed!

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commented 2018-09-03 15:27:35 -0400
On the link below, if it dose not work, zoom in on your browser and it will bring the link into one line.
15 songs….Do not listen on a full stomach.
commented 2018-09-03 12:34:11 -0400
Hey!

Mr Roboto’s a good Song 😁❤️
commented 2018-09-03 12:01:20 -0400
Okay, but David can you please stop using the term ‘peoplekind’? It’s not a word. Even putting it in quotes serves to promote its’ use. I’ve heard you use it before, so you may be falling into a habit here……
commented 2018-09-02 10:56:11 -0400
I was never a big fan of the song but, being old enough to remember the disco years, I’d say there were some contenders for that worst song title.
commented 2018-09-01 23:36:20 -0400
Styx were actually a great band, so to be honest, David’s post is rather silly when you consider all the horrible songs out there.
commented 2018-09-01 23:11:30 -0400
You guys obviously haven’t listened to any David Foster
commented 2018-09-01 23:07:05 -0400
There are FAR worse songs. Most pop music today is absolute garbage, but in terms of the 80’s – a song like We Built This City For Rock and Roll by Jefferson Starship is 100 times worse than Mr. Roboto.
commented 2018-09-01 22:49:55 -0400
Yup, DAN and ROBERT.

Pretty bad when you’d rather have ’em break wind than break into song, eh?

And, to think that our Country chose Sophie’s Choice to lead it.

Holy F**k!
commented 2018-09-01 21:43:50 -0400
JAMIE MACMASTER;
My God man! Why didn’t you put a warning on that link?
I was barely able to click out of there before it started…but I had seen it once before – right here on THEREBEL, and a miasma of the horror and disgust of it all came rushing over me anyway…urkkk.
Have some compassion man!
commented 2018-09-01 18:18:28 -0400
JAMIE MACMASTER commented 3 hours ago
Worst song in the history of peoplekind?

Oh, I don’t know about that…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnP0PiYZUrU

Jamie..Yup..another whatda? moment..it really is a mental illness that the left have all around the world.
commented 2018-09-01 16:52:33 -0400
… John Galt: I’m onside with anyone named John Galt.
commented 2018-09-01 16:49:31 -0400
What? Yummy Yummy I Have Love In My Tummy doesn’t score lower? David, how could you forget that classic?
commented 2018-09-01 14:00:39 -0400
David, You didn’t play the song, how do we know that you are right? Probably banned on the Tube.
commented 2018-09-01 13:14:24 -0400
There has been an ongoing movement for many years to destroy the concept of greatness in all areas of human achievement and creativity.Be it music,art,literature,architecture,culture,technology,moral codes of conduct or any other field of human involvement,the goal has been the same : to destroy greatness.
Simply praise and promote the mediocre and banal as great and you will destroy greatness.

Iain Foulds : Perhaps I could add to your comment…….
The day the music was murdered.
commented 2018-09-01 12:53:38 -0400
… Mr. Roboto was the day the music died.