Friends, when it comes to retro related music I generally leave the subject to my fellow writers, Allison-Venezio Preston and Earl Green. I’ve mentioned ad nauseam how music wasn’t really a big thing in my household when I was growing up, so I missed out on a lot of the bands and hits songs from my youth. That is why I am so very thankful for my friends on Facebook who are kind enough to share treasures like this “Automatic Man” music video by Michael Sembello. Not only had I never seen this 1983 video until this morning when a good friend shared it to my timeline – but I didn’t realize that it was Michael Sembello who was responsible for “Maniac” from Flashdance, which was also released in ’83.

Video Provide by Universal Music Group – Michael Sembello.

Now I obviously had heard “Maniac” thanks to catching Flashdance at the 62 Drive-In theater of my youth – but somehow before I regularly began watching Nickelodeon’s Nick Rocks or Night Tracks on WTBS, I missed out on “Automatic Man“. Which is a shame because there is a lot going on in this particular music video to say the very least. Elements from Alien, Mad Max, and even a little Frankenstein are thrown into the visual mix to accompany Sembello’s tune.

Automatic Man” was a song off of Sembello’s first solo album, which was Bossa Nova Hotel and was released on September 25th of ’83 – the same solo album that included “Maniac”. As for what is going down in the “Automatic Man” music video – I am assuming that the mad scientist, who I thought was played by Max Headroom‘s Matt Frewer at first, has created an android to attract a young Woman. I guess that the young Woman is the true love of Michael Sembello’s character in the video, and it looks like the android does it’s job too well – causing the mad scientist to show up and destroy it. However a stray laser shot strikes the crystal that the young Woman picked up – turning them both to stone – thankfully Sembello shows up after the fact to save the day.

Video Provided by Afternoon In Utopia.

I might be easy to please but I definitely am a fan of both the music video for “Automatic Man” as well as the song itself – if you feel the same the good news is that Bossa Nova Hotel is available on iTunes!

Published by Vic Sage

An avid devotee to pretty much all things retro and retro related - I love to share my memories and passion for films, comics, gaming, podcasting... and curiously enough my overwhelming desire to never stop eating beef jerky.

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  1. I only found this song yesterday and absolutely love it ! The music video reminds me of the adverts that Digital Matrix made in the 1981 Michael Crichton movie Looker.


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