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Bow Down To The Robotic Rock Of Compressorhead!

Ever since Fritz Lang’s sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis debuted in 1927, there has been fear of the robotic. Of course some might even say that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein played with that fear. Bringing life to the lifeless, although obviously in that case it was with human parts. From Asimov’s I, Robot to 1980’s The Terminator. We have seen numerous examples of the fear of robots in popular culture. But what we’ve failed to see until fairly recently is robotic rock…such as with Compressorhead!

Begun in 2007, Compressorhead is the brainchild of Frank Barnes, an artist from Berlin. Along with Stock Plum and Markus Kolb, they’ve crafted a truly heavy metal band. Using recycled parts to construct the robot band members that play on actual electric and acoustic instruments. Starting with Stickboy, Fingers, Bones, and Junior – the band was finally put together by 2012. Compressorhead had it’s first live concert in 2013 at the Australian Big Day Out festival. Covering the likes of the Ramones, Motorhead, and AC/DC!

[Via] Sergey Kanatyev

I think it is time for you to meet the members of the band. First up we have Stickboy, the drummer. Possessing four arms and two legs, it is helped by Junior, to manage that hi-hat cymbal.
Compressorhead - Stickboy and Junior

Then there is Fingers, playing lead guitar. His two hands are indeed better than ours since it has 78 fingers to play sweet, sweet music!
Compressorhead - Fingers

Bones acts as the bassist for Compressorhead. Besides it’s two hands with four individual fingers it certainly gets around. Thanks to Bones’ platform that happens to be attached to caterpillar tracks!
Compressorhead - Bones

Now you might be thinking, that is definitely awesome to see Compressorhead covering such awesome bands. But…doesn’t it feel like something is missing? To truly move an audience of meatbags, er, I mean Humans. One needs a singer, right? Thankfully that is why Mega-Wattson came into being, voiced by John Wright of The Hanson Brothers and Nomeansno.
Compressorhead - Mega-Wattson

In addition they added a female robot to the group, a second guitarist named Hellga Tarr! Who besides shredding during numbers provides backing vocals.
Compressorhead - Helga Tarr

All right, meatbags. Enough talking as it’s time to bow down before the robotic rock of Compressorhead!

Did I fail to mention you can totally buy the band’s first album?

If you like Compressorhead you can hop on over to Bandcamp and pick up Party Machine today!
Compressorhead - Party Machine

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto Toys

One of my favorite hobbies (aside from writing, of course) is making music videos featuring clips from movies or television shows, set to songs we all know and love. I’ve been doing this for about nine years, starting with a Phil Hartman tribute I made in 2007 (it’s not uploaded anywhere). Between 2013 and 2015, I made three separate music videos for the show Stargate SG-1 and submitted them for Creation Entertainment’s music video contest. I won the first two times, and just when I thought three times was the charm, I didn’t win last year. A year later, I’m still surprised.

Uploaded by Allison Venezio

It was hilarious, at least in my opinion.

Last night, I was working on my Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday videos, when one of my great ideas struck me. I hadn’t made a music video in a while, and I had Mr. Roboto by Styx primed as the theme song for the week’s videos, so why not expand upon that and feature clips from all the Robot Toy commercials from 1001 Classic Commercials?

So, um, this happened.

Uploaded by Allison Venezio

The commercials featured in this video are for The Ding-A-Lings, Robot Commander, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, and The Zeroids. I think you’ll agree the song timing and some of the visuals really worked well together. If you’ve ever had a moment where everything clicked and reacted with very loud (and very geeky) jubilation…oh, that’s just me.

Saturday Frights – R.O.T.O.R. (1988)


Hey creeps! Apparently all of The Retroist was infected by some sort of Robocop induced hysteria this week. After much investigation I apparently was wrong about the cause of the outbreak being linked to expired frozen yogurt ingested in front of a shrine dedicated to Peter Weller (there were toenail clippings and a Buckaroo Banzai comic involved), and instead it was the more mundane occurrence of revisiting a classic that is getting the remake “treatment” (which is hitting theaters whose clientele doesn’t include zombies, punks and the criminally insane). Oh, and that shrine? Let’s just say that The Projectionist chooses to spend his nights in a manner not fit for polite society.

So, far be it from me to keep the joys of Robocop from being passed on to you ghouls here at The Vault. What’s that? You think we are actually going to screen a stone cold classic like Robocop tonight! Hahaha…you fiends are adorable! But, our film does feature a robot that is also a cop…it also features the world’s buffest Rogue impersonator, robot lassoing, Beach Boys references…and Shoeboogie.

Sometimes I get MAD to the MAX when I can't recall where I've seen a similar images...

Sometimes I get MAD to the MAX when I can’t recall where I’ve seen a similar images…

So sit back, choke down a garbage can sized cup of soda and let 1988’s R.O.T.O.R. take you on a magical journey!

There’s 8 more parts that follow that video above…I wager you won’t be clicking those.

Saturday Frights – The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy


Holy cats creeps, you all should roll on up and get a choice seat in front of the ol’ silver screen, because believe you me your ol’ pal The Ouija Board Kid has got such a treat for you tonight that you’ll be singing the praises of Daniel XIII for years to come! The cinematic gold I’ve selected for you has absolutely everything you could ask for in a movie; there’s a robot, there’s a mummy, and…and…well that’s about it really, I mean there’s an evil scientist and some treasure, but yeah, that’s about all there is… but at least it delivers on the promise of its title; The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy…even though the Aztecs cremated their dead…

Because "The Glorified Cardboard Box vs. The Historically Inaccurate Monster" doesn't have the same ring to it...

Because “The Glorified Cardboard Box vs. The Historically Inaccurate Monster” doesn’t have the same ring to it…

So sit back, grab a refreshing haggis pocket from Doug McCoy at the concession stand and get ready to battle sleep…uh I mean be electrified by tonight’s triple A feature…ugh, at least it’s really short…