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Marina and the Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot ( iTunes Festival 23.7.2010) live ITV2

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I Am Not a Robot on Wikipedia
"I Am Not a Robot"
Single by Marina and the Diamonds
from the album The Crown Jewels EP and The Family Jewels
Released22 June 2009
26 April 2010
FormatCD single, digital download,
7" single
GenreIndie pop, baroque pop
LabelNeon Gold
Chop Shop
Writer(s)Marina Diamandis
ProducerLiam Howe
Marina and the Diamonds singles chronology

"I Am Not a Robot" is a song by Marina and the Diamonds. It was the lead single from her second extended play, The Crown Jewels EP, released on 22 June 2009. It was also re-released as the third single from her debut studio album, The Family Jewels, on 26 April 2010.[1] The single was added to BBC Radio 1's A Playlist during April 2010. A gospel version of the song was used in an advertisement for Bupa in March 2011. Her song was also sampled in Hoodie Allen's 'You Are Not A Robot'.


In an interview with WalesOnline, Diamandis says:

["I Am Not a Robot"] was me singing to myself. It's me saying, stop being so ridiculous, you can't let having a fear of failing hold you back and you're just one person. It's connected with a lot of people. I knew that would happen when I was writing it. I had a funny feeling.

—Marina Diamandis, WalesOnline[2]

In regards to the decision to re-release the single, Diamandis said it was because "people seem to empathize and relate with the song, regardless of gender or age."[1]

Critical reception

Gareth James from Clash called "I Am Not a Robot" "one of 2009's best singles [...] an infectious pop track featuring a unique vocal with more fluctuations than Florence sat on a washing machine."[3] Alexis Petridis from The Guardian commented on the song whilst reviewing The Family Jewels saying "the lovely delicacy of "I Am Not a Robot"'s tune is easy to miss when there's a woman doing Dalek voices over the top of it. Such are the dangers of trying a little too hard."[4] John Murphy from musicOMH praised the song saying it "shows a pleasing touch of vulnerability which works very well."[5] Marina was also praised following a performance on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge on 23 April 2010.[6]

Music video

The music video for "I Am Not a Robot" was directed by Rankin & Chris Cottam and was released onto YouTube on 24 June 2009, two days after the song's first single release. The music video features Diamandis in five scenes: one with her covered in black oil and glitter, one made-up in black, green and pink body paint, one with diamond lips and eyelids, one with the green, pink, and black body paint smeared, and lastly just her as her normal self. Each sequence shows Diamandis in the centre of the screen with either a starry, grey, white or black background whilst singing to the camera. Diamandis explained in a BBC Radio 1 interview with Scott Mills that the black oil reacted to her skin and it took forty minutes to rub off. It also took her 18 hours to get all of her make up done for the video.[7]

Another version of "I Am Not A Robot" was a video titled, "I Am Not An (L.A)Robot". The music video starts with an unfocused view of headlights on a road. It zooms out to show Marina with white painted hair, and a white dress with one feathered sleeve, on the stars boardwalk in Los Angelos, California. Marina walks down the street whilst singing the song, and blurred-face bystanders around her make way, stare, or go their way. Near the end, the camera shows Marina's white heels and white paint on her legs. At the end, Marina laughs, the camera follows her, and reveals the camera crew and a the window of a shop.

Track listings

    UK iTunes EP

  1. "I Am Not a Robot" – 3:35
  2. "I Am Not a Robot Flex'd Rework" – 4:47
  3. "I Am Not a Robot" – 4:35
  4. "I Am Not a Robot" – 5:18
  5. "I Am Not a Robot" – 3:48

    CD single

  1. "I Am Not a Robot" – 3:35
  2. "I Am Not a Robot" – 5:20

    7" single

A. "I Am Not a Robot" – 3:35
B. "I Am Not a Robot Flex'd Rework" – 4:54

    Limited edition 7" single in autographed envelope sleeve

A. "I Am Not a Robot" – 3:35
B. "I Am Not a Robot" – 4:39

    U.S. promo CD single

  1. "I Am Not a Robot" – 4:54
  2. "I Am Not a Robot" – 5:18
  3. "Obsessions" – 6:27

    Additional Remixes

  1. "You Are Not A Robot"
  2. "I Am Not A (L.A.) Robot"
  3. "I Am Not a Robot
  4. "I Am Not a Robot
  5. "I Am Not a Robot
  6. "I Am Not a Robot
  7. "I Am Not a Robot


  • Marina Diamandis – vocals, piano
  • Liam Howe – producer, mellotron, philicorda, synths, programming, mixing
  • Richard Wilkinson – engineering
  • Dougal Lott – assistant engineering
  • Lucy Shaw – string arrangements, double bass
  • Alison Dods – violin
  • Cina de la Mere – violin
  • Rachel Robson – viola
  • Chris Allan – cello
  • Steve Durham – drums


  1. ^ a b Marina and The Diamonds - News - I AM NOT A ROBOT WILL BE MARINA'S NEXT SINGLE IN THE UK! - 12 March 2010 - Retrieved 23 March 2010
  2. ^ Rees, Claire (21 March 2010). "WalesOnline - Lifestyle - Showbiz - Marina and the Diamonds gives herself a telling-off in song", WalesOnline. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  3. ^ James, Gareth. "Marina and The Diamonds - The Family Jewels". Clash.
  4. ^ Petridis, Alexis (18 February 2010). "Marina and the Diamonds: The Family Jewels". The Guardian (London:
  5. ^ Murphy, John. "Marina & the Diamonds - The Family Jewels". musicOMH.
  6. ^ "Radio 1 - Live Lounge - Marina and The Diamonds". BBC. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  7. ^ BBC iPlayer Console - The Chris Moyles Show with Scott Mills: Wednesday - Marina off've the Diamonds BBC - 7 April 2010 - Retrieved 8 April 2010.
  8. ^ " – Marina & The Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot" (in Dutch). Ultratip. ULTRATOP & Hung Medien /
  9. ^ " – Marina & The Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot" (in French). Ultratip. ULTRATOP & Hung Medien /
  10. ^ " – Marina & The Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot". VG-lista. Hung Medien.
  11. ^ " – Marina & The Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot". Singles Top 60. Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Chart Stats – Marina & The Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot" UK Singles Chart. Chart Stats.

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