Jed the Humanoid
Jed the Humanoid is a song on the 2000 album The Sophtware Slump released by the Modesto, California indie-rock band Grandaddy. The song is a eulogy for an android who drinks himself to death, and is taken to be central to the nature versus technology parable of the band's second album. A music reviewer for The Guardian, Dorian Lynskey, called it "the saddest robot song ever written."
"Jed is a mechanical martyr with a message," said Lytle. "And his message is that alcohol and electronics do not mix."
The character of Jed also appears in two other songs by Grandaddy: Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground) from the same album, and in the song Jeddy 3's Poem from the EP Signal to Snow Ratio.
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