Ima Robot - Ima Robot (Cover Artwork)

Ima Robot

Ima Robot: Ima RobotIma Robot (2003)
EMI Group

Reviewer Rating: 1.5

Contributed by: CosCos
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Dead Kennedys meets Devo. This is an overly simplistic yet disturbingly accurate description of the Los Angeles quintet Ima Robot. At their best, the band combines the ferocious speed and strange vibrato vocals of the Dead Kennedys with quirky bouncy melodies of Devo. They perfectly fit into that.
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Dead Kennedys meets Devo.

This is an overly simplistic yet disturbingly accurate description of the Los Angeles quintet Ima Robot. At their best, the band combines the ferocious speed and strange vibrato vocals of the Dead Kennedys with quirky bouncy melodies of Devo. They perfectly fit into that small group of new New Wave bands like Hot Hot Heat and The Faint, and when they're on, they're ON.

The problem is, Ima Robot isn't good enough to merit a full-length. Or at least, not yet. The one-two punch of openers "Dynomite" and "Song #1 (actually sequenced as the second song, natch)" grab attention with aggressive, driving bass lines and Alex Ebert's high pitched vocals that invite the aforementioned favorable comparison to Jello Biafra.

After those two songs, not much happens. There's a few mediocre pop songs ("Scream"), a nod to George Clinton funk ("Let's Talk Turkey") and relatively few other standouts. They relegate their best track, "Black Jettas" to the bonus area, tacking it on after the horrendous four minute-plus "What We Are Made From". Its a somewhat rewarding journey though, as "Black Jettas" is a great, snappy track that sounds like a disco song reinvented as the soundtrack to an old-school Nintendo game. Yeah, its a bit of a novelty, but its pretty damn fun.

The band has some potential, but their self-titled debut leaves much to be desired. Download "Black Jettas" and wait for "Ima Robot 2: Electric Boogaloo."


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Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

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Anonymous (December 1, 2003)

find your own forum - lame. seriously, leave it to the pros.

Anonymous (December 1, 2003)

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Anonymous (December 1, 2003)

What's this shit called love?

-The Pagans

Anonymous (December 1, 2003)

we used SHAM already - get out.

Anonymous (December 1, 2003)

"oh but it's a sad reminder when your organ grider has to come to you for rent, and all you've got to give him is use of your sideshow tent"
-dire straits

why listen to pretend 80's shit when there's the real thing sitting right there in your parents' cd rack?

Anonymous (December 1, 2003)

Hey! I can play too!

"I wanna wanna wanna hold you tight/ Get teenage kicks right through the night!"

The Undertones

Or maybe:

"If the kids are united/They will never be divided."

Sham 69

("Getcher hands off of my woman mutherfucker!")

exhaustra (November 30, 2003)

did someone really use the 'n' word?


Anonymous (November 30, 2003)

He's an orgasm adict
He's always at it

FortyMinutesWest (November 30, 2003)

Ber ner ner ner ner ner ner!

-Deuling Banjos

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Anonymous (November 29, 2003)

dude serioously, what the fuck is going on

funkisdead (November 29, 2003)

This is by far the strangest series of comments, ever.
Yes, ever.

Anonymous (November 28, 2003)

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Anonymous (November 28, 2003)

im a dumb nigger

- person whos typing all these lyrics

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

Even a man who is pure at heart
And says his prayers at night
Can become a werewolf when the wolfbane blooms
And the autumn moon is bright

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

Sing, brotha, sing,
We got no more gigs


Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

Can't you see the writing on the wall?
No you can't cos there's nothing there at all.

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

Ain't no feeble bastard who believes every word they say.


Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

I'm antisocial - I like to spit
I'm antisocial - Don't care who I hit
I'm antisocial - I like to swear
I'm antisocial - And I don't care!

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

British Army, blow'em up!


Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

Terrorist attack get the SAS!

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-Broken Bones

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

Through the corners of our eyes
We can see them pass us by
Looking at us, but not talking to us...
-SHAM 69

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

We don't care what you say- Fuck you!


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That album cover tries way to hard to be 80's. This band is stipid.

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

Where have all the bootboys gone?

Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

yes, we know, streetpunk lyrics are retarded. now who is the guy from beck's band who is not justin medal johnson.

Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

Killing Machine!

-The Partisans

Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

Why, why, why do they die - why do they live at all?

Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

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Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

We hate your sloppy music
We love to sing some punk
Way up where they belong!


Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

Fashion you must change,
to keep up with the trend!
the money you have saved up
is coming to an end!

-chaos uk

Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

i know about justin medal johnson, but who is the other guy from beck's band?

Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

Smash the discos, smash 'em up!
-The Business

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

I see someone ELSE listens to KCRW...

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

oh, this band freatures becks rhythm section.


Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

don't tell him!

superdude (November 25, 2003)

This review was good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. Is it Ima, who is a robot, or is there someone saying, "Hey, I am a robot!"?

2. Jeez, I'd sure like to know

3. Also, the song 'Lets Talk Turkey,' is that someone saying to another person, "Let's talk turkey," or someone saying to another person, "Let's talk (you), turkey!" or is it someone saying to a turkey, "Let's talk, turkey."?

3. Boy, I'd like to know

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

why does major labels sign this crap?

is it because the word is that this type of music is hip, but it in reality it's not really that hip and doesn't sell any records?

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

Yeah, definetly some potential behind this band.

travis (November 25, 2003)

i dont agree with your score, but i agree that Black Jettas is the best song on this album. I like the first two songs a lot too.

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