Jed the Humanoid

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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,[1] and is taken to be central to the nature versus technology parable of the band's second album.[2] A music reviewer for The Guardian, Dorian Lynskey, called it "the saddest robot song ever written."[3]

Songwriter Jason Lytle explained that much like Modesto's famous former resident, George Lucas, growing up "he had nothing better to do than dream up robots."[1]

In the song, the inventors of the bona fide thinking, feeling robot lament leaving town and returning to find that Jed has raided the liquor cabinet and killed himself.[4]

"Jed is a mechanical martyr with a message," said Lytle. "And his message is that alcohol and electronics do not mix."[5]

The character of Jed also appears in three other songs by Grandaddy: Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground) from the same album, in the song Jeddy 3's Poem from the EP Signal to Snow Ratio, and in the song Jed the 4th (which deals with Jed's alcoholic son) from the album Last Place.


  1. ^ a b "Bearded and proud". Telegraph (UK). February 2002. 
  2. ^ Moran, Charlie (2006-05-09). "Still sort of purring -- CD Review - Grandaddy: Just Like Fambly Cat". The Daily Iowan. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (2006-01-27). "Readers recommend: songs about sci-fi and space". The Guardian (UK). 
  4. ^ Harvilla, Rob (2003-11-17). "Best Band on the Planet: Sometimes, even a jaded critic gets to be a fan". East Bay Express. Archived from the original on 2007-12-05. 
  5. ^ Athitakis, Mark (2000-06-28). "The Modesto Invasion: The San Francisco rock scene is alive and well -- 90 miles from San Francisco". SF Weekly. 

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