There’s a lot of growing concern over the algorithms that control what we see on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, et al., and understandably so. But sometimes, the algorithms get it right and bring you something that you never knew you needed until that very moment. Case in point, The Cybertronic Spree, “a band of Transformers who perform classic cartoon, videogame, and animé theme songs at full volume.”
Consider their cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” There’s so much about this performance that is pop culture/nerdery perfection, but what makes it even sweeter is that the Spree don’t just coast by on nerdiness alone: they really and truly rock, from Unicron and the Quintesson’s riffs to Arcee’s serious pipes.
And to think, I never would’ve seen this glory if not for YouTube’s algorithms suggesting it based on some arcane understanding of my viewing history. Maybe our future AI overlords won’t be so bad after all.
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I've also written for Christ and Pop Culture, ScreenAnarchy, Filmwell, and Christian Research Journal. I pay the bills by creating beautiful user interfaces and websites for Firespring and Red Bicycle.