Movie and TV Robots in Music Videos

Robot Review: November 25, 2018

“Who’s Johnny?” by El DeBarge (1986)

This track from the Short Circuit soundtrack features robot star Johnny 5 and non-robot star Ally Sheedy. Co-star Steve Guttenberg makes an appearance too, but as only a cardboard cutout in the background.

“My New Boyfriend” by Carly Simon (1985)

Legendary singer-songwriter Carly Simon released this song in the mid-eighties and it definitely showed an 80s influence on her musical style.

She starts as an Egyptian queen on a riverboat, followed by dancing around a fire with a jungle tribe, and then eventually lounging with girlfriends in a hair salon until her new “boyfriend” (Paulie’s robot from Rocky IV) brings her flowers.

“Anaconda (Lyric Video version)” by Nicki Minaj (2014)

Rapper and singer Nicki Minaj showed that she’s a robot fan when she included Tom Servo and Crow from Mystery Science Theater 3000 in this music video.

“You Got Lucky” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1982)

Tom travels through a desert wasteland and arrives at an outpost. Inside are several televisions, one of which is showing a brief clip of Cylon fighters bombing Earth, from the short-lived early 80s TV series Galactica 1980.

“Loverboy” by Billy Ocean (1984)

Now this video doesn’t feature any actual movie or tv robots, but the setting is very reminiscent of the Mos Eisley cantina in Star Wars Episode IV. In addition to a very diverse cast of alien creatures, you’ll also see a few robots, including the “Bar Bot” mixing drinks for the customers.

“You Could Be Mine” by Guns N’ Roses (1991)

From the Terminator 2: Judgment Day soundtrack, Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator wanders through the crowd while Guns N’ Roses jams on stage.