- Robot Rock (song)
Name = Robot Rock
from Album =
Human After All
April 11, 2005
Format = CD, 12"
Recorded = 2004
Genre = House
Length = 4:47
Label = Virgin
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
Producer = Daft Punk, Cédric Hervet, Gildas Loaëc
Chart position =
*15 (Hot Dance Music/Club Play)
*7 (Hot Dance Singles Sales)
Last single = "Something About Us"
This single = "Robot Rock"
Next single = "
(2005)"Robot Rock" is the first single from
Daft Punk's 2005 album " Human After All". Whilst the single reached a moderately high chart position, many critics found the song overly repetitive. The words "robot rock" are the only lyrics in the song. It prominently features sampled portions of "Release the Beast" performed by Breakwater.
"Robot Rock" is based around a sample from the Breakwater song "Release the Beast", which features a
riffplayed on an oscillator syncpatch on an analog synthesizer. In addition, Daft Punk incorporated other elements of the "Release the Beast" into the production, including percussion and power chords on an electric guitar. A talk boxvocal phrase featuring the title of Daft Punk's single was also added to the recording. The Breakwater sample is credited on the single's sleeve and on the liner notes of the parent " Human After All" album. This was not the first time Daft Punk have sampled a song to create a new recording, as " Digital Love" would be a noted example, but it is the first to introduce very few other elements.
The Breakwater sample is absent from the "Maximum Overdrive" remix of "Robot Rock", which consists of the song's other elements for a duration of nearly six minutes. A music video for this remix has been shot and included on the Daft Punk "
Musique Vol. 1 1993-2005" compilation CD/DVD.
music videofor "Robot Rock" consists of Thomas Bangalterand Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christoof Daft Punk performing the song on a stage decorated with several televisions and lights, and filmed in a somewhat aged look. This is the first video to feature the duo as themselves exclusively. This pattern continues for the rest of the "Human After All" videos except for " The Prime Time of Your Life", where they only make a cameo appearance. Bangalter plays the double neck guitarshown on the "Robot Rock" single cover while de Homem-Christo performs on a set of drums.
Though it reached moderate positions in UK and U.S. dance charts, the single encountered criticism for its general structure. A review in
Stylus Magazineexpressed that the track "does nothing, means nothing and goes nowhere for an unconscionably long time."Matthew Weiner, [http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/daft-punk/human-after-all.htm "Human After All" review at "Stylus Magazine Online"] (March 14 2005)] References to earlier Daft Punk singles were also mentioned, as " Rolling Stone" declared "nothing builds to achieve the prior glories of " Da Funk" or "One More Time"Barry Walters, [http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/7072263/human_after_all "Human After All" review] " Rolling Stone" (April 7 2005)] and " Pitchfork Media" noted that the single "is a poor man's 'Aerodynamic'."Mark Pytlik, [http://pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/16834/Daft_Punk_Human_After_All "Human After All" review] Pitchfork Media(March 15 2005)] However, a "Sputnikmusic" review noted that "although annoying in nature, [it] is also very rewarding to listen to."Daniel Incognito, [http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=2258 "Human After All" review] "Sputnikmusic". Retrieved on June 26 2007.]
ingle track listing
* CD VSCDX1897
# "Robot Rock" (Radio Edit)
# "Robot Rock" (
# "Robot Rock" (Maximum Overdrive)†
# "Robot Rock"
* 12" VST1897
# "Robot Rock"
# "Robot Rock" (Soulwax Remix)
# "Robot Rock" (Maximum Overdrive)
†Note: "Robot Rock (Maximum Overdrive)" was later titled "Robot Rock (Daft Punk Maximum Overdrive Mix)" in the album "".
*Discogs release|name="Robot Rock" (CD version)|id=437363
*Discogs release|name="Robot Rock" (12" version)|id=439835
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