Before you scream “blasphemy” and assault Topless Robot HQ with pitchforks and burning torches, please watch this video for Bush’ new version of “The Touch” — complete with a middle-aged white dude rapping — and tell me you approve. Frankly, I think he’s not only missing “the touch,” but he sorely seems to be lacking in “the power” as well. But the tragedy is that if the horrible rapping weren’t there, I think I’d really like it as a cover/homage/something — my love for ’80s Stan Bush is pretty fucking considerable — but no beefy middle-aged white dudes rapping, sorry.
Actually, the real tragedy probably that Bush is still hoping this thing ends up on the Transformers 2 soundtrack… when it won’t. Sorry, sStan. Calling it “Sam’s Theme” was a nice try, though.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.