Founded in 2003, Lousy Robot grew into a favorite of indie music lovers in Albuquerque and throughout the Southwest. Their music was heard on television programming as varied as MTV, The Travel Channel, HGTV, Bravo, Animal Planet, Current TV, the on-line series The Scare Game and multiple television commercials.
Lousy Robot's songs were cynical, heartfelt and tinged with despair. These boys were always happy to sit you down and tell you what had gone wrong in their lives, but you’d have to pour a drink for them and have one yourself. The pain and regret weren’t sugarcoated, and neither was their noisy, post-punk music. These songs were and have remained the soundtracks to the dramas of lost love and misguided anger, but with better hooks and a 20-20 hindsight view of matters.
Lousy Robot collaborated with John Dufilho (The Deathray Davies, Apples in Stereo) at Salim Nourallah’s Pleasantry Lane Studio in Dallas, for all 4 albums in their 12-year span.
In May 2015, Jim Phillips, singer and mastermind behind Lousy Robot, unexpectedly passed away. Before his death Jim and the band had been working on collecting outtakes and rarities from previous recording sessions in hopes of putting out a collection of weirdness titled “Oddities, Obscurities & Obscenities”.
The work started with a cover of “Dead Flowers” and an iPhone remix of “Peacocks”. Band member Dandee Fleming continued to work on remixes on several other songs.
After Jim’s death, Dandee found two songs that the group had demoed but never completed. Dandee edited and restructured those songs and sent them to friend and long-time producer John Dufliho to complete making Oddities, Obscurities & Obscenities the final collection of music from Lousy Robot.
Lousy Robot’s had many line-ups over the years. Here are a few of the players
Jim Phillips - Guitar and Voice
Dandee Fleming - Bass
Jack Moffitt – Keyboards and Piano
Joey Gonzales- Drums
Ben Levine – Drums
Mike Fox – Drums
Ben Wood – Keyboards
Special studio guests included: Jason Garner (Polyphonic Spree, Deathray Davies), Knoxville's John Baker, Cory Watson of Black Tie Dynasty, John Lefler of Dashboard Confessional and of course Salim Nourallah and John Dufilho (Apples in Stereo, Deathray Davies)
We shared the stage with too many to count but here are a few highlights: The Lemonheads, Bettie Serveert, Dressy Bessy, Red Elvises, Frank Turner, The Deathray Davies, Colourmusic, Shiny Toy Guns, An Albatross, The Hard Lessons
"Power Pop Indie Rock that sounds as if Eels joined forces with The Rentals’ Matt Sharp and The Cars’ Ric Ocasek to create blissfully melodic pop hooks. Their synth-heavy, almost-but-not-quite new wave feel creates pleasing pop perfection." - Alex De Vore, Santa Fe Reporter
"If New Wave is back, this isn't far behind. " - Dallas Music Guide
"It could make even the most bitter souls (i.e. music critics) embrace pop music wholeheartedly." - The Albuquerque Journal
"Happy up-tempo songs about fairly personal and heartrending subject matter. Think Kelly Rippa on Valium." - Coke Machine Glow
"Pop heaven and the happiest music ever about feeling so bad." - Capt. America, WigWamBam
Oddities, Obscurities & Obscenities