|Pictured above: RoboCop joins Ultra Pulverize for a kazoo solo.|
In other words, screenwriter Ed Neumeirer did a good job of predicting 21st century America.
Also, if you’ve never seen Ultra Pulverize, they are a three-person (three-robot?) “futuristic electronic synth-punk rap” group known for hilarious, danceable songs and an awesome music video.
If you asked me to make a short list of musical acts who would be best suited to rescore RoboCop, Ultra Pulverize would have taken the top spot. Their tongue-in-cheek techno sensibilities mesh perfectly with Verhoeven’s movie. (I would also nominate El-P, Nine Inch Nails, Matmos, and Author & Punisher.)
Headliners set up rows of chairs for the film and provided free popcorn. When Ultra Pulverize took the stage about 15-20 minutes after the announced start time (violating a key tenet of scene etiquette), the relaxed and mostly seated audience hooted and hollered in approval. Right away they got down to business: as soon as the MGM lion roared its greetings, UP laid on the keyboards to produce an appropriately stark mood.
|Pictured above: Taco night was a bust!|
The audience cheered for their favorite scenes in the movie (“Bitches leave!”) and for intense moments in UP’s score. As soon as the movie was over, I went to UP’s merch table to ask if there was a recording of their RoboCop score, and the answer was “Yes, but it hasn’t been released yet.” You’ll want to pick that up as soon as it comes out, and you’ll want to catch Ultra Pulverize’s next live performance of their RoboCop score. Here’s hoping that next time, there will be a RoboCop-themed costume contest, because I would definitely dress as Clarence Boddicker.
Check out more on the matter from guest writer James Miller here: