Nu-disco electronic artist John Roberts—also an EMMY nominated TV star, LGBTQ+ icon and comedian best known as the voice of the lovable Linda Belcher on the hit TV show Bob’s Burgers—makes his return to music today, May 6, with the release of “Good Old Days.” The track was produced by Babydaddy of Scissor Sisters.
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“It was a dream to work with Babydaddy,” Roberts shares. “He’s a great musician, as well as a producer and everything happened in a natural way. We both remember the East Village NYC in the 90’s and 00’s. There is a longing for that time that this song hits on, as well as friends we’ve lost…a dreamy nostalgia.”
Hailing from Edison, NJ, John Roberts’ deep-rooted love for music can be traced back to his youth. At the onset of the 90’s he fell in love with the New York City rave scene and frequented the storied warehouse parties mythologized in movies like Go. He visited Other Music in the city’s fashion forward Village neighborhood on a weekly basis to buy new releases from Orbital, Moby and more. Going from music lover to being in a band was a no-brainer and Roberts found himself the front man for Opti-Grab. The group released one album and toured relentlessly. Bringing things full circle, former tour-mate Blondie tapped him to drop some lyrical fire on “Love Level” from their critically acclaimed 2017 chart-topper Pollinator.
“Looking,” a wild anthem produced by Big Black Delta in 2019, marked his solo debut with remixes by Tensnake, Junior Sanchez and Gerd Janson. The song—which landed at #19 on UK club charts—along with “Dirty Little Secrets” and “Lonely Boys Have Fun Too” appeared on his self-titled EP. Flashforward to 2020, Roberts entered the studio with longtime club friend Junior Sanchez for its follow-up. “Freaks,” “Nobody” featuring Beth Ditto, “Lose Your Mind” and “Lights Out” featuring Debbie Harry are several of the songs the two collaborated on and appear on Roberts’ 2021 Lights Out album.
On the acting front, John Roberts has gone from viral YouTube clips like “The Christmas Tree,” “My Son is Gay” and “Jackie & Debra” (generating more than 40 million views) to appearances on The Tonight Show, Archer and more, in addition to multiple tours alongside Margaret Cho. He went on to join the cast of the EMMY Award-winning Bob’s Burgers as lovable & loud matriarch Linda Belcher which landed him first EMMY nod in the category of “Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance” (2015). The show is now in its 12th season with a feature film to be released spring 2022.
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