Saturday, July 5, 2008

Animatronic Rock-afire Explosion Band Covers New Music

As a girl who's gotten used to shopping for groceries at Stew Leonard's, a grocery store that is a half wooden maze and half food-themed Small World, the recent videos from Rock-afire Explosions didn't seem that out of the ordinary.  I'm used to bears in mountain clothes and the entire dairy section singing to me in animatronic form.  What's amazing is how well the programmers synced the animals with the lyrics.  

Aaron Fletcher and Chris Thrash, seemingly of Creative Engineering, are the force behind these videos.  Their quite simple website lets you bid on a song via paypal that you'd like to see performed by the band.  Most end up being programmed for a couple hundred bucks, but MGMT has the highest winning bid of $1200, although I'm a little afraid that the mountain bear and piano gorilla might ruin my current song association.

Below are the videos for MGMT's "Electric Feel" and Usher's "Love in This Club," which is roommate Jeremy's current favorite song.  I have to say that I love every time that the Usher bear looks skyward during the song.  Fantastic.  

YouTube also has the videos for Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie," Madonna's "4 Minutes" and The White Stripes's "Conquest."

Oh, and Wikipedia has some info on the history of Rock-afire, a restaurant chain designed to compete with Chuck E. Cheese, although I'd never heard previously heard of it.  From what Wiki has to say, Aaron Fletcher used to voice several of the characters in the early 1980s.  

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