Automatic

Album: Break Out (1984)
Charted: 2 5

Songfacts®:

  • Written by Brock Walsh and Mark Goldenberg, this song is an amusing take on the way technology was becoming an increasingly dominant part of music in the 1980s. The singer is no more than a controlled automaton in the hands of her lover.
  • The eldest Pointer Sister Ruth sang lead on this song. Her deep vocals played a prominent part in the success of this track. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2
  • This won the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Arrangement for Two or More Voices.
  • On the 2018 Black-ish episode "Bow Knows," the character Ruby Johnson (Jenifer Lewis) declares this the best song ever made. "It has everything," she says. "You've got Ruth Pointer's amazing alto, that funky guitar line, those synthesizers..."

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