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Robot or Spaceman Alter Ego

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Shown: Daft Punk

Since Kraftwerk began presenting themselves as robots circa 1978, a number of electronic bands have adopted robot or spaceman alter egos.

Compare Kayfabe Music, the Super-Trope.

Examples of artists with robot or spaceman alter egos:

  • Daft Punk: Since 2001, although they claim they were transformed into robots in a Freak Lab Accident on 9/9/1999.
  • Kraftwerk: Duh. Especially since they use synthetic vocals extensively, any vocals performed by a person try to sound like they're synthetic, and many of their live shows actually do involve robots controlled through midi software to play backup; the four robots have molded replicas of the real men's heads.
  • Rockets.
  • Moog Cookbook: These guys even had names for their alter egos: "Uli Nomi" for Brian Kehew and "Meco Eno" for Roger Manning Jr.
  • Mr. Pacman: Defunct-ish video game rocker(s) from Denver.
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  • John Foxx often writes from the perspective of "The Quiet Man", a detached variant of this trope.
  • Ace Frehley from KISS originated the Spaceman.
  • Not an electronic band, but Jason Pierce of Spiritualized goes by his nickname of "J. Spaceman" quite frequently.
  • Janelle Monáe's alter ego is Cindi Mayweather, the android protagonist of her four-part Metropolis concept album.
  • The Phenomenauts are an exploratory spaceship crew, with a token robot.
  • The Protomen: Sometimes taken more seriously than others.
  • Jimmy the Robot of The Aquabats!, though he's the only robot of the group, the rest being super heroes.
  • In their kayfabe GWAR is a group of alien mercenaries who were banished to Earth.
  • Gary Numan is known for his robotic, alienated performance, and lyrical themes.
  • David Bowie had his alien Messianic Archetype Ziggy Stardust in 1972-3.
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  • Skrillex had a female alien as his alter ego which he controlled via motion technology on a few tours.
  • Starset perform wearing illuminated face masks and fake oxygen tanks. This plays into the narrative that intertwines with the band itself, as alluded to in "First Light" from Transmissions, with their background mentioning a transmission sent from 2047 regarding a future where mankind is seemingly on its last legs.
  • Planetoid's kayfabe is superficially similar to that of Gwar: They're aliens from the future who found themselves stranded on earth, and who now intend to conquer the planet with The Power of Rock. They actually fit into both the "spaceman" and "robot" categories, since drummer Admiral Time is supposed to be a cybernetic organism as well.
  • Future Folk are General Trius and The Mighty Kevin, who were originally sent to earth from the planet Hondo to kill off all human life and start a new settlement there. Fortunately, they soon became fascinated with the human invention known as music, and decided to spare humanity and focus on performing original folk songs. Their back-story was made into the movie The History of Future Folk: In the film, audiences think they're a comedy duo with spaceman alter egos, when in fact they actually are from outer space.
  • The French 1970s electronic group Space appeared as astronauts in their music videos.
  • Steam Powered Giraffe performs as steampunk robots from the 1890s.
  • Tupper Ware Remix Party consists of an alien spaceman from the Big Bang as frontman and keytarist, a gold-plated spaceman lead guitarist, a Panthera Awesome alien bassist, and a Killer Robot drummer.
  • Before Eminem figured out his image for his Slim Shady character, he gave him an alien theme, appearing in a distorted, psychedelic spacesuit in the music video for "Just Don't Give A Fuck" (and pushing himself around in a shopping cart). It didn't work - Eminem eventually realised all he needed to do was bleach his hair.