On a flip side of all that is the opinion of mainstream hip-hop, that embraces a latest Silicon Valley developments with enthusiasm. By no coincidence, hip-hop and swat are overtaking other genres in popularity, these days, and during record speed to boot.
Below are some of a best tech-paranoiac songs of a final several decades. You’ll find some-more here.
The Flaming Lips – “Yoshimi Battles a Pink Robots Part 1” (2002)
Perhaps some-more fairy-tale than dystopia—but there is untethered disaster hinted during in this pleasing song: “These evil-natured robots, they’re automatic to destroy us—she’s gotta be clever to quarrel them, so she’s holding lots of vitamins.”
St. Vincent – “Digital Witness” (2014)
“If we can’t uncover it, if we can’t see me / What’s a indicate of anything?” St. Vincent asks her assembly to confront a social-media-driven fear of blank out, in a strain both familiar and uncomfortably trivial.
Buggles – “Video Killed a Radio Star” (1980)
Pop stars sing about their possess tech-driven passing in a constantly transforming and cruel industry, in an reasonably meta thoughtfulness of a times.
Styx – “Mr. Roboto” (1983)
A classic—if not the classic—musing on a tech apocalypse. “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto” is a catchiest and most-repeated line of a song, though forget not a some-more chilling ones that follow: “The problem’s plain to see: too most record / Machines to save a lives / Machines dehumanize.”
M.I.A. – “Internet Connection” (2010)
M.I.A.’s impulse for a track, as she told Rolling Stone magazine: “I was carrying issues with my wire and wireless, and we was on a phone [with tech support] for 3 hours, and we thought, ‘Maybe this needs to be partial of my music, could we only learn these lyrics and sing it down a phone to me?’ Ten phone calls later, we have Internet that sticks and a song.” (It facilities Filipino Verizon Wireless workers singing a hook.)
Green Day – “Desensitized” (1997)
The screaming in a commencement of a lane is an accent of nuisance in a internet age. “Go forward and kill yourselves / It all amuses me.”
Talking Heads – “(Nothing But) Flowers” (1988)
The best of low-pitched satire, devising a false, returned-to-nature universe that indeed laments a stretch of urbanity.
Radiohead – “Paranoid Android” (1997)
Has there ever been a improved opening verse than “Please, could we stop a noise”?