Mr. Roboto, The Tribute AlbumPosted: May 30, 2014
I’ve written of my ambition to become a musician and record my own music. Perhaps you’ve noticed that you haven’t been able to buy my albums yet. That is because the music industry is not ready to support an artist who can’t play an instrument or sing – unless they are a rapper.
I’m not a rapper.
My ambition to break into the music business still burns. It burns like your ears would burn if you ever heard me sing. Relentlessly pursuing my dream has taken me in a different direction. I’m becoming a record producer. I’ve thought this idea through to the point that I’ve already developed the concept for the first album I’m going to produce.
I think we can all agree that Mr. Roboto (recorded by Styx in 1983) is one of the oddest, greatest songs ever recorded. Anyone who can’t agree on that point is misguided, because it is. My first album as a producer will be a tribute to the majestic weirdness of Mr. Roboto.
The album, entitled Domo Arrigato, Mr. Roboto. No, Seriously Man, Domo will feature artists performing Mr. Roboto in their own styles. I’ll gather artists from all genres of music – rock, reggae, folk, r&b, country. I’ll even have classical and rap versions of the song on the album.
Yes, Domo Arrigato, Mr. Roboto. No, Seriously Man, Domo will be unique in that it will feature one song a dozen times, in a dozen different styles. The precedent for several versions of the same song appearing on the same album has already been set. There is a trubute album to John Lennon that was released a few years back which, depending on the version you buy, has up to seven different versions of his classic, Imagine.
Am I comparing John Lennon and Styx? Is Mr. Roboto the equal of Imagine? No. I’m just pointing out that the concept of several versions of the same song is out there. My album will just expand it to
ridiculous new levels.
Consider the fun of listening to Christina Aguilera’s version of Mr. Roboto, followed by Toots and the Maytals, Lady Antebellum and then Andrea Bocelli. I’d get Jackson Browne in on the project because he’s always been a favorite of mine. I’ll just tell him that the money from the album will go to some cause. It won’t matter what the cause is, he’s Jackson Browne and he’s all about the cause.
I’m thinking I’ll get a CeeLo Greene version of Mr. Roboto, because I like people with two upper case letters in their first name. The highlight of the record, for me, will be Bruce Springsteen roaring out the Japanese chorus of the song –
dōmo arigatō misutā Robotto
mata au hi made
dōmo arigatō misutā Robotto
himitsu wo shiritai
This record is an absolute, can’t miss hit. The song’s hook, “Domo Arrigato, Mr. Roboto”, is so perfectly silly that it will translate well across all the featured musical styles featured on the album. My prediction is that we’ll see versions of Mr. Roboto on top of the R&B, Country and Rock charts at the same time.
There is still time for you to become involved in this project. Submit the names of artists that you’d like to hear sing Mr. Roboto; explanations of why they should be on my record would be appreciated. Of course, you’re welcome to become a financial backer of the project. Your investments will be welcomed with a hearty “Domo Arrigato Mr (or Ms) Roboto”.