Robot Band The Bit-52’s Play ‘Private Idaho’ by The B-52’s

James Cochrane got his robot band The Bit-52’s back together for a cover The B-52’s 1980 single, “Private Idaho.” The guitar, keyboard and drum parts are handled by a trio of robots, while the sound of flatbed scanners and a DECTalk Express speech-to-text synthesizer (the kind used by Stephen Hawking) fill in for the female and male vocal parts, respectively. The Bit-52’s, which made a online splash three years back with a cover of “Rock Lobster,” were reunited to help promote the Kickstarter campaign for the Art Rocks Athens, a non-profit foundation that helps preserve and celebrate the music scene in Athens, Georgia.

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