Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bobby's song #2: "Little Computer People" by Little Computer People

There are a handful of songs that I can listen to that will perk me up 100% of the time, no matter the situation or my mood. Little Computer People is one of those songs. I cannot help but grin and start bopping my head when it comes on. It is silly and nerdy, just like me. Maybe dorky is a better word.

You see, Little Computer People was originaly a computer game put out in 1985 by Activision. It was the 80s version of The Sims and featured state of the art graphic and music (for the time). It was the music from this video game that inspired Little Computer People (the artist) to record the Little Computer People (the song) in 1998.

Little Computer People (the artist) is one of many aliases for the German techno producer Anthony Rother. He's been doing techno music since the late 80s and released several 12" records and albums. Some of his collaborative work with Sven Vath is not bad but most of his other work is dull and takes itself too seriously. Honestly, I generally don't like German techno. At all.

But this song is different. I don't hear German techno when I listen to it. I hear the anthem of gleeful computer nerds cutting loose on the dance floor. Or at least in their cubicles. I have a feeling someone over at The IT Crowd may have heard this song and seen this video and felt the same thing.

The song didn't appear on CD until he released Electro Pop on his own PSI49NET label in 2001. The album is decent on the whole and there are a couple standout tracks but nothing tops Little Computer People (the song). Listen to it once and see if it doesn't get stuck in your head for the rest of the day.


  1. Good choice. I'm sure this will not be the last video game reference made in this blog.

  2. That is not entirely correct. The song is a remix/cover/re-do of Little Computer People by Terry Lancaster (apparently written in 1979) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfreCgtZDtc