Win Nick’s PC Voucher [Extended]

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Thank Florian it’s Friday.

To celebrate the weekend, shall we have another music competition?

This week the question comes courtesy of reader Unmutual, who suggests your favourite song that is Retro-Futuristic, enthusing:

“Favorite songs that sound like they could be from the future… Bonus points if it includes ‘Vocoder’ type vocals (aka robotic sounding aka singing into a Pringles tube).”

So there you have it.

Here’s mine.

Reply below to be in with a chance of bagging yourself a €20 Currys PC World voucher redeemable in any Currys store.

The winner will be chosen by my AI robot butler.

(Please include a video link if possible, thanks)

Lines MUST close on Saturday 11am.

Nick says: Good luck!

Last week’s winner here.

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109 thoughts on “Win Nick’s PC Voucher [Extended]

    1. Mick

      I came here to post the same thing, Andy. It was amazing when it first came out, and still is!

    2. Clampers Outside

      Never heard that before… not that I recall anyway…
      Bleedin’ deadly :)

  1. Col

    Daft Punk – Around the World.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7exajMfNiFQ

    I’ve seen the video, so Im fairly sure it’s actually from the future, but it’s a 1990’s take on a 1950s view of the future, so I’m not sure if that’s the same as our present future.

    I’m not a quantum physicist, so I can’t be positive.

  2. Muchacho Gordo-Delgado

    Trio – Da Da Da
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNYcviXK4rg

    The year is 1982. A young, svelte, hirsute Muchacho and his compadres head south to a sultry location on their first “single, grown-up, forrin” holiday. This strange song is played everywhere….. The rest of this story is still protected by the official secrets act. Needless to say, on hearing it today Muchacho has to resist the temptation to strip to his jocks and strut his stuff in front of anyone who would care to watch.

    1. Andy Pipkin

      If we’re talking robots, I’m going for Yoshimi , a brilliant song that, I could be wrong but my interpretation was about battling with cancer?
      Still a classic track from The Flaming Lips.

      https://youtu.be/ZdDHi5SSIlM

      Enjoy and happy weekend!!

      1. millie bobby brownie

        Oh that’s a great shout Andy. Hope you’re keeping well pal ;)

  3. Seamus

    https://youtu.be/xI68A-rntIk

    Bee Gees You should be dancing.

    Genuinely this was the first song I ever heard that sounded like it came from the future. And it still is the strongest foreboding of the future I ever got from a song. Other songs like Popcorn might have been played with the instruments of the future but this one was so actually from the future it actually frightened me. I was 10 and on holidays on my uncles farm. My older cousin was with me when it came on the radio and I asked him “is this what all music will sound like from now on” and he said “probably yeah”.
    Summer 1976. A glorious time.

  4. D-troll

    totally unrelated, seems as good a place as any to ask, but does the Irish barrister working in London still do articles on Broadsheet. He had an article a few weeks back about the Krays. i know its not for me to ask since its a non-subscription website, but i am asking.

  5. Fergalito

    Is it from the past? Is it from the future? Is it from an alternative parallel earth inhabited universe where Homer fixed the toaster, sat on a neolithic mushroom and somehow, significantly this happened now in that universe but won’t happen for another 42 years in this one?

    Are we actually in that alternative mushroom squished precipitating universe and the one we thought we inhabited is the one we don’t inhabit at all except its actually 2063 and not 2021?

    I don’t know maaaaaaaaan ! I just don’t know any more … it’s so mind-meltingly head-swirlingly melon-twistingly psychedelic i can’t cope. Think i’ll lie against this enormous monolith here, watch what these simians do with their enormous sticks and try and figure it all out.

    C2C – Down the Road …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1uUIJPD0Nk

  6. Rosette of Sirius

    It has to be Autobahn for me. For some reason, whenever I was home from school when poorly, between the flat 7-Up and Lucozade, Roger Mainwood’s animated short for Halas and Batchelor was always sown on the telly. It was weird and trippy, the music was like nothing I’d ever heard before and I absolutely loved it. Funnily enough, in time he would find it his animation embarrassing, but not me. It introduced me to Kraftwerk from a relatively young age in the 70s and today I have pretty much every recording they ever made.

    https://youtu.be/ugBX6H0Z2hc

    I do have to give a special shoutout to Vangelis and his work on Blade Runner’s OST. You want futuristic, albeit without the robot voices, you got it… Was only two years ago after all…

    https://youtu.be/ccJJ0uxigVA

    “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”

    1. Ben Madigan

      Used to have Moon Safari on heavy rotation. They actually released a few singles before this which were collected in the EP Premiers Symptômes.

  7. goldenbrown

    Sorry to interrupt

    but Eoghan Harris has just unravelled on R1

    couldn’t happen to a nicer c—-

    subtle but very well played Sarah McInerney, take a bow!

    1. Otis Blue

      More futuristic sounds from another Rother…

      Michael Rother of Neu! (who was also in an early incarnation of Kraftwerk) formed Harmonia with Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius of Cluster. No surprise to see Brian Eno was later to produce their next album.

      Harmonia – Deluxe (Immer Weiter)

      https://youtu.be/Fd1BH7Nbk8c

  8. Slightly Bemused

    I always liked the Rah Band and Clouds Across the Moon – if only they would get rid of the idiotic ‘Insterstellar Operator’.

    The beautiful vocals of Liz Hewson, and the paean of her hearbreak really did not need the kitsch of the ‘operator. While a futuristic song, it would stand up still today in any such relationship.

    Try to ignore the ‘operator’:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4R97AeM6IE

  9. Stephen Moran

    “Nightcall” by Kavinsky. from Drive

    Always reminds of ‘Assault on Precinct 13’ when I’m driving through the Mean Streets of Marino of a Friday night. Pure 80’s retro French synth porn

  10. Stephen Moran

    for something truly out of this world on a cheesy fondue Friday with a bottle of Golden Oktober vino in hand
    Bonny M & ” Nightflight to Venus”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJVqPWzunwM

    or Uncle Neil Young who must have had a few Geffen record executives on the ledge when he produced this
    “Transformer Man”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqdx6dCQLug

    “The Raven” Alan Parson Project (dodgy prog rock)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAE1XTvKLXA

    “Kelly Watch the Stars” from Air
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62hGO3ptI2c

    & to balance things up a bit of early Kraut Rock “Ode to Perfume” Roger Czukay
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EH5GFP2Otk

  11. Gorugeen

    Yoshimi battles the pink robots by The Flaming Lips. It’s got giant pink robots, bad ones. While the singing isn’t robot their sound is represented more and more as the song progresses. And, what’s more retro futuristic than a job fighting those giant pink robots for the city?
    https://youtu.be/sAptY67PcuI

      1. Clampers Outside

        Fair dues on getting your recommendation for the comp selected this week :)
        Found some great tracks!

        1. U N M U T U A L

          @clampers

          Ah Thanks… I was hoping it might be a bit of a challenge… This comp always worth a peruse… As it always throws up some eclectic stuff.

  12. CapernosityandFunction

    The The – Three Orange Kisses from Kazan

    https://youtu.be/V1bfTNni1Pg

    Distorted, robotic vocals – check
    Exotic sounds of the souk, the bazaar, lesser known parts – check
    Total mind melt – check

    This featured on the B Side of Uncertain Smile and the cassette (remember them!) only version of Soul Mining. What an effect this had on the teenage mind. I have heard very little since that compares to the “What Is This I’ve Just Heard?” that rolled around my head. I just kept rewinding and rewinding the tape.

    I’m going out on a limb here, but bear with me. From 1970-1980 David Bowie, as essentially a solo artist, created some of the best music we will ever hear. From Soul Mining in 1983 to Dusk in 1992, Matt Johnson, for me, came as near as damnit as anyone has to touch the hem of Bowie’s skirt.

  13. Otis Blue

    This is how you change the game. A groundbreaking recording and so utterly perfect for the times, popular music would never be the same again.

    The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows

    https://youtu.be/NYFqJBrOZSI

    “The most effective evocation of a LSD experience ever recorded”

    1. Ben Madigan

      Sometimes it’s hard to fathom just how good the Beatles were and how much musical ground they covered in a short space of time

  14. Otis Blue

    “The Korova Milkbar sold milk plus, milk plus vellocet or sythemesc or drencom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of old the ultra-violence…”

    Wendy Carlos – Theme from A Clockwork Orange

    https://youtu.be/HI-mDTdeKR8

    1. Ben Madigan

      Otis, most weeks you throw up some great tunes, but you’ve absolutely outdone yourself here!

      1. Otis Blue

        Cheers Ben.

        Nothing at all to do with the theme of this competition but here’s Otis’s recommendation this week. Think Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra for the Insta generation. With added profanity.

        https://youtu.be/ud5eYbdI9mA

        I’m off to pour another Zubrowka.

    1. Hic-hic the hiccup, Hic

      Did you see that Confederate flag near the end?
      I did.

      That’s a line I don’t want to caught dancing in.

  15. Papi

    You don’t even want to know, I had my first kiss, and music made this be my first experience. And then I had to pretend nothing happened. And then she played this

    https://youtu.be/teBV0EoJJY8

    And……….
    Calling occupants of interplanetary craft…,

  16. The Tec Dr

    This beauty that you would never thought possible from a band whose guitar players was not only one of the best guitarists of all time but also one hell of a keyboard/synth player. Van Halen and the title track from their album 1984. The demo of this is over 15 minutes long.

    https://youtu.be/rTs4cmiH2yg

  17. Charlie

    BS. Just curious where my suggestion went that I posted yesterday? Is “There is only one” a dirty phrase?

  18. Tarfton Clax

    Fear Factory. Demanufacture Title Track. 1990s Terminator Metal. Great Cover mash up of Human and Machine Ribs. Every track a winner. Sounded so new and Brutal and Brilliant. Even as a fan of Slayet and Motorhead I was blown away by the Drumming. Sci Fi Death Tech Metal Supreme.

    https://youtu.be/H0Q7yaDqLqs

  19. H

    I know this is out of time but I want to throw this into the ring anyway, the ‘singing through mud’ effect always makes me feel a bit woozy. There’s definitely something futuristic if not ethereal about Superstar by Sonic Youth which is actually a cover of The Carpenter’s classic ‘Close to you’

    https://youtu.be/Y21VecIIdBI

  20. Clampers Outside

    Surprised these guys haven’t been mentioned yet…. Pink Floyd

    I’m going with One of These Days…. The opening is well futuristic and there are plenty of experimental elements throughout the track, and of course, there is that one line vocal :)
    … And it has some amazing drumming for good measure!
    [ I think I posted this for the comp on ‘drums’ :) ]
    https://youtu.be/Nw1643T0RD0

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