In the year 1999 Retard-O-Bot came into existence as music to accompany a series of cartoons. Their music was basically ridiculous synthesizer music with a drum machine to handle the beats. The songs were basically meant for comedy, like "Norris", "Jox", "Arsenio Hall", and "Auctioneer". Their live shows consisted of them starting every show in full, cardboard box robot suits. Their first two releases, 8-Track and Cassette Tape, followed this formula.
Their third release, Scatter Brained, showed a drastic turn in the band's style. TJ's drumming was added to the music and did a lot for their sound. The tone of the album was much more serious, abrasive, and angry, with Johnny handling most of the vocals with his gruff rapping, Peter's high-pitched vocals and piercing screams backing him up. This was also when they dropped the 2000 from their name. After SB, Johnny left the band, uneasy with the direction it was heading, and pursued other projects. Peter took charge of the band and pushed forward as hard as possible. Benny Normal joined the band to play live keytar. The Rabid EP was released and distributed only at live shows, and after a short break from the extensive touring, Friendship Forever was released. In 2007, after another tour, the Bot released I Don't Think You Really Mean It: Rabid, an EP which contained several remixes of "I Don't Think You Really Mean It" and "Piggly Wiggly," and re-recordings of songs fromRabid
Over the years they gained some pretty phenomenal success, including touring spots with the Genitorturers, Screaming Mechanical Brain, Mindless Self Indulgence, and Psychostick, to name a few.
In 2009 Retard-O-Bot was disbanded after lead singer Peter Pepper went on to create a solo project. The sound is similar to Retard-O-Bot with more pop and industrial elements.
Peter Pepper (lead vocals, programming): 1999-2009
Benny Normal (keyboards, bass guitar, rhythm vocals): 2003-2009
T.J. Brainz (drum kit): 1999-2009, exclusively live from 1999-2002
Johnny Robot (guitar, vocals): 1999-2003
Trevor Jr. (Travis Inskeep): 2003-2004
Nik Lawhorn: 2005-2006
Edward Rendini: 2006-2007
Jeff Enokian: 2007-2009
2001--Cassette Tape (Demo)
2003--Scatter Brained (EP)
2004--Rabid (limited edition EP)
2005--Friendship Forever (Album)
2007--I Don't Think You Really Mean It: Rabid (EP)
Time's A-Wasting (unreleased Album)