AM-2525 Mr. Roboto
Produced and Arranged by Styx
Released on February 1983
US CHART POSITION #3 (charted 2/18/83 for 18 weeks) . . . GOLD RECORD (5/16/83)
Find it at GEMM
AM-2525 wo. picture sleeve  

I ’m usually quick to point out that Americans as a consuming entity have terrible taste, but then there are anomalies like “Mr. Roboto,” which sold over 500,000 copies in this country. Almost makes me proud to be an American. The opening track from the concept album Kilroy Was Here, this song is one of the most intelligent and ambitious songs to ever find mass acceptance in the US (okay, that’s a ridiculous statement, but I’m just so surprised how much smarter this is than, say, “Mickey” by Toni Basil). The irony is, “Mr. Roboto” is remembered as something of a harmless novelty song now, much as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Just goes to show you the evil power of advertising. The B side is a track from the earlier Paradise Theater, “Snowblind.” Damn good song, the intro reminds me a lot of Camel before it develops into a slow, gutsy sort of grind.

TRACK LISTING

  1. MR. ROBOTO    (Dennis DeYoung)    4:44
  2. SNOWBLIND    (James Young/Dennis DeYoung)    4:58

    A&M back-to-back hits reissue
  3. MR. ROBOTO
  4. DON'T LET IT END

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US February 1983 A&M 7" AM-2525 picture sleeve
US 1983 A&M 7PRO 2525 ps, feat. A on both sides
UK 1983 A&M 7" AMS 8308 picture sleeve
FRA/NET 1983 A&M 7" AMS 9258 picture sleeve
JPN 1983 A&M 7" AMP 759 picture sleeve
US   A&M 7" 8644 B2B hits reissue

 

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