Colonel Roger (is a Soldier from the Future)

January 22, 2008 10:56 AM

I met a guy who claimed he was a soldier from the future, here to save humanity. I wrote a song about him. It has been described as "derivative and campy" which may well be true. It's also up on YouTube. with pictures.

This is the first time I've put anything out there, had a lot of fun making it. I also set it to pictures and posted it on YouTube. Comments/criticism warmly welcomed.

posted by chiefbluefeather (10 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

With "I'm failing understanding people..." + "computers are smarter than your children" it sounds more like a soldier from the present.

Is there a way to call this subgenre of electronica? I'm not all that familiar with its many branches, but this definitely sounds well defined enough to be part of a specific genre.
posted by micayetoca at 9:29 AM on January 23, 2008

Also, your song doesn't appear to be recording the times it is played, I played it twice and it still doesn't say anything.
posted by micayetoca at 9:32 AM on January 23, 2008

Hey, that's right. I played it two or three times last night.

In any case, I dig this song. It's a nice whole package. Voice, lyrics etc. Very cool.
posted by snsranch at 3:43 PM on January 23, 2008

I love this song! And the Youtube video is great too.

Where is the picture of the robot at 1:54 in the youtube video from?
posted by JDHarper at 7:36 PM on January 24, 2008

Great -- glad you liked it JD. I gotta say, I nabbed most of these images from Google, which is probably a huge copyright bust. Oh well, send in the lawyers. I think I did an image search on "future robot." My apologies to the owner of the image of the silver C3PO holding the galaxy in his hand -- can I claim the "fair use" clause? Also, I don't know why it's not counting the number of plays, but it's probably something to do with my ID3 tags or lack thereof. Anyhow, there are a few more songs of mine up at but none as polished as this one. I'd like to get this out there into the world -- thanks for the good words...

- Archon Machine
posted by chiefbluefeather at 2:34 AM on January 25, 2008

I'm grooving to this. Though in my mind, it's "Colonel Rogers" with an s, 'cos, you know, of that Buck Rogers guy up in the 25th century. But he was a Captain, if I remember correctly, unless he got promoted before they sent him back. Still. Love the voice, though at times I think you may be over-enunciating a bit too much. The girlfriend likened it to Tay Zonday, but I mocked her, and she more charitable offered Peter Murphy as a comparison.
posted by mumkin at 10:19 PM on January 26, 2008

I really liked all your other pieces on your myspace. A lot.

This piece can be more of a dance number, because it feels very restrained and it needs to get out and whirl, so to speak.
I seem to want more of the story though. I don't doubt Roger's from the future, a la The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.
posted by alicesshoe at 2:44 AM on February 7, 2008

I should add that the ballad of Colonel Roger has turned out to be—in may case, at least—a highly infectious earworm. Two weeks on and it just keeps bubbling up from the recesses of my mind when I least expect it. There's power there, for both good and evil.
posted by mumkin at 10:46 PM on February 9, 2008

Wow, this is stuck in my head now... Thanks?

(This is fantastic by the way, keep up the great work!)
posted by Nik_Doof at 2:38 PM on July 3, 2008

One of my all-time Metafilter favs. The Colonel comes back and realizes if he fibs about how great things will be, maybe the outcome will be better. Interestingly, after he decides to do that "control" can no longer "get a fix" on him. Would it be over-interpreting to say the message of the song is that it never hurts to think positive?
posted by AppleSeed at 10:15 AM on August 24, 2008 [1 favorite]

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