We are the robots: Five great android-centric album covers
By Allison Stewart
The art for Christina Aguilera's forthcoming "Bionic" album recently hit the internet and the puzzlingly ugly, half-lady, half-cyborg image got us wondering about the strange and enduring popularity of robots on CD covers. So we tracked down and ranked our favorite robot album art.
A caveat: By "robot," we also mean cyborgs, droids, any sort of animatronic creature -- sentient or otherwise -- and robot dogs. And yes, we're aware that these things aren't even remotely similar.
What we had to leave out: contributions from the Alan Parsons Project (they love robots, possibly too much), German metal bands (ditto), and, sadly, this thing:
Click Track's top five robot album covers:
5) Tokio Hotel: "Humanoid"
Mirrors Aguilera's in its use of a half-human, half-robot creature. It's also ugly, but not as much.
4) Janelle Monáe: "Metropolis Suite I: The Chase"
The singer dresses up like C-3PO, except with mutilated limbs and a Human League haircut.
3) Aerosmith: "Just Push Play"
Features a shiny, metal-covered gynoid (this is a female robot) with -- because this is an Aerosmith album -- large robot breasts. Even Joe Perry criticized this release. And if history has taught us anything, it's that Joe Perry is usually right about things.
2) The Black Eyed Peas: "The E.N.D."
As you may have guessed by this point, when your album cover has a robot on it, it's not exactly the equivalent of a blinking sign saying, "Quality Product Within."
1)The Flaming Lips: "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"
Unless you're the Flaming Lips. In a rare moment of both subtlety and textural literalism, the Lips' CD cover features history's most adorable, least menacing pink robot.
Did we leave out your favorite robo-cover? Let us know in the comments.
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