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"Terminal City", "Golgotha Tenament Blues", and "Richest Junkie Still
Alive", for instance (and many others). Dark industrial.
Media collage and sound hacking, with serious underlying messages in
some tracks (I'm still trying to find the deep meaning in "Car Bomb").
The Cyberpunk album is not bad at all, and quite accurately named,
it hits some important points. CC is also famous for the song "Moscow,
Idaho". Well, at least it is among DJs in Moscow, ID, and hey, we're the
ones who matter.
- Usually when the topic of cyberpunk music comes up,
everyone just reflexively names all their favorite industrial and
occasional metal or goth bands. They're missing the point. Music, in
and of itself, is not generally cyberpunk. The message behind it, usually
in the lyrics, sometimes in the subtext as in Metal Machine Music, can be.
- Queensryche [EMI]
- Rage For Order
- Operation: Mindcrime
- A lot of songs on their other albums (especially NM-156 on _The
Warning_) are also about the information age or other cyberpunk
themes, but these are nothing but.
- Pop Will Eat Itself
- The Looks or the Lifestyle
- This is the Day, This is the Hour, This is This
- The Cure For Sanity
- Dos Dedos Mi Amigos
- Focused on high-tech life, cyberpunk, very nihilistic, very
cynical and occasionally political, and very media-soaked.
- Idol, Billy
- Okay, Billy's a cheezy schmuck personally, but it's still good
music and the lyrics are good cyberpunk themes.
- Information Society
- Peace & Love, Inc.
- "Where would I be without my P.C.?
Where would I be without MTV?
Where would I be without CNN?
Where would I be without IBM?"
Much of the album is focused on computers and corporate life, and
even a bit of identity questioning.
- Disposable Heroes of Hip-Hopracy
- "Television, The Drug Of The Nation"
- Corrosion of Conformity
- Very political, especially songs like "Technocracy" and "Vote With A
- Heavy political message about our media-soaked culture and the loss
of our sense of America.
- Political hard rock, not very good musically, but the lyrics are
- Battery [Cop Int'l]
- Lilith 3.2
- "It's all just electrons, it's about who controls the information!"
The Bride of Frankenstein in 4 tracks of sample-heavy techno.
Be sure to also pick up anything else on the
labels, they pump out a TON of dark or hard techno-industrial, often
with a very heavy high-tech or political message.
- Deathline Int'l [Cop Int'l]
- Also brilliant hard-edged cyberpunk-themed sample-heavy techno.
- Also heavily focused on computers and revolution.
- Fiedel, Brad
- Terminator II
- I've always imagined that this is what the Killing Floor sounded
like, taken literally.
- Reed, Lou
- Metal Machine Music [Industrial Records]
- Yankovik, "Weird Al"
- Bad Hair Day
- "Consolidated Incorporated" is the theme song of the four
companies that publish 99% of the music heard by 99.999% of the public.
"Burn Down The Malls"
Sucking Chest Wound
God Family Country
Producers For Bob
- Kilroy Was Here
- "Machines to rule our lives, machines dehumanize" -"Mr.Roboto"
Kilroy is the album "Mr.Roboto" comes from, but it's a lot more
than just that one song - the album is about popular rebellion against
the religious right and the misuse of technology to dehumanize rather
than improve humanity (in this case, fighting for rock 'n roll, but it
applies just as much to freedom of speech and information as it does to