Imagine our surprise when the Terminator, known as the T-800 and, later, as the T-850, contacted us and said it felt ready to open up to the world about who it really is. The cyborg explained that its trip back in time to 1984 was one of the best things Skynet could have done for the robotic races, and that it couldn’t wait to share its top 5 music tracks with us.
Initially, we were worried that this might mean sitting through 30 minutes of Madonna’s earlier hits, but we were wrong. Boy, were we wrong.
Das Model – Kraftwerk
The Terminator said that its short experience of life in 1980s America left a lasting impression. It reminded us that we had seen it in a nightclub as it chased after Sarah Connor, and added that, what we didn’t see was how it also had opportunities to pop into a few shops and do some browsing. This was how it discovered the healing power of crystals, creative visualisations involving unicorns, and the fragrant magic of aromatherapy. Apparently, lavender and tea-tree essential oils are among the most popular choices for blending with the machine oil used in the routine maintenance of the cybernetic organisms of the future. Something else that made an impression was music, which, along with interior design and fashion, has become very popular among the T-850s. It’s understandable that Kraftwerk’s 1978 single Das Model is one of its favourite tracks.
Something Like This – Scissor Sisters
The Terminator confessed that it loves to dance, although learning certain moves did require a little bit of reprogramming, as well as the replacement of a couple of ball-and-socket joints. It said it loves getting down to songs it can relate to, such as the Scissor Sisters’ 2010 single, Something Like This. It added that it even sings along to the lines, ‘Something like this goes, something like this goes, over and over like a robot you go.’
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Da Da Da – Trio
The T-800 said the minimalism of Trio’s 1979 worldwide hit, Da Da Da, was revelatory. Before it excitedly shared the song with other cyborgs, they had no idea the blips and bleeps they hear on a daily basis could be arranged in so harmonious a way. We’ve seen what assassin cyborgs are capable of, so we felt we had no choice but to agree that Da Da Da is a masterpiece.
I Am Not a Robot – Marina and the Diamonds
Just like any other computer, cyborgs follow commands. If they don’t, Skynet either turns them off and on again, or it disables updates, and then simply repeats the command. The Terminator explained that it didn’t want to kill Sarah, or anyone else – it simply had no choice. In a moment of vulnerability, the great, big hulking machine told us that it would apologise to Sarah, if she would simply return its calls. After all, it does have something that resembles a heart. Sure, it’s all wires and microchips, but still. It said it feels it can relate to every word of Marina and the Diamonds’ single, I Am Not a Robot. We understand, Termy. We understand.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland
Music, fashion, and the New Age movement were not all the Terminator discovered in 1984. It also realised it has a love of cinema. One of its all-time favourites is the Wizard of Oz. It said that the Tin Man became its role model, and that, when it retires, it plans to help lost children and dogs find their way back home. Listening to Judy Garland’s stunning rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow is how it keeps the dream alive.