Marvin the Paranoid Android Sings (But Not “Paranoid Android”)

Frequent TR contributor and occasional back-up daddy Chris Cummins emailed me frantically a couple of weeks ago, a mess of “I FOUND IT!!!” and exultant profanity. Eventually he explained that someone had finally uploaded some obscure clip of Marvin the Paranoid Android, circa the BBC’s 1981 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy TV series, singing the “Marvin the Paranoid Android” song on some kids’ show called Blue Peter. He begged me, as a personal Christmas present to him, to run it on Topless Robot in case anyone out there hadn’t seen it.

That was a couple of weeks ago. I totally forgot about it. But then I saw the email today and figured I finally give it watch; turns out it’s not actually a bad song. That’s why I’m running it. Not because of Chris. You hear me, Cummins?! NOT BECAUSE OF YOU. I DON’T CARE IF YOU FILL IN FOR ME WHEN I’M ON VACATION, YOU DON’T RUN MY LIFE. AND I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU GOT A KEY TO MY HOUSE BUT YOU BETTER GIVE IT BACK