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Powerman 5000 have set an October 26 release date for their collection of rarities, "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Vol. 1". The 20-track disc, due via singer Spider One's Megatronic Records (distributed by iMusic), will include B-sides and rare early recordings made between 1991-1996 at the very beginning of the Boston band's career. One notable inclusion is their unique take on Bjork's "Army of Me", recorded in 1996.
Everything about the new disc gives true insight into the band's early days, right down to the artwork. The cover photo is an earlier shot taken in 1994, while the back cover and CD booklet flaunts a collage of flyers and original illustrations that Spider designed and printed to advertise their shows in and around Boston. As Spider One writes in liner notes, "We were ahead of our time, behind our time, horrible and brilliant, all at once. We were the hardest working band in Boston and if you were lucky enough to be around in those days, you absolutely knew who we were. These tracks were left exactly as they were recorded, not a note has been altered. Hopefully this disc will give you a sense of what was a very exciting moment in time for a band called Powerman 5000."
In addition to "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Vol. 1", fans will soon get a preview of what their upcoming new album has in store as three new songs — "The Last Night On Earth", "The Way It Is" and "Riot Time", which were recorded at guitarist Adam 12's studio, Qi (prounounced "chee") Lab Studios in Los Angeles, CA — will first be featured on THQ's "WWE SmackdownT Vs. Raw" video game, which is set for release November 2 exclusively for PlayStation 2. The tracks will be heard throughout the game itself, in the promotional trailer and as part of the game's online advertising campaign. They will also most likely appear on the band's forthcoming studio album. A video for "Last Night On Earth" from "WWE Smackdown!T vs. Raw" will be shot in Los Angeles later this month — directed by Spider One — and will be serviced to various TV outlets by early October. Spider One previously directed "Super Nova Goes Pop" from the group's platinum "Tonight The Stars Revolt!" album, co-directed "When Worlds Collide" and "Nobody's Real" from "Tonight The Stars Revolt!" with Dave Meyers, and co-directed "Relax" (the band's cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's classic '80s song from the "Zoolander" soundtrack album) with Mark Klasfield. More...
Scum of the Earth, the new band featuring guitarists Riggs (Rob Zombie) and Mike Tempesta (Powerman 5000), have set an October 26 release date through Eclipse Records for their debut CD, "Blah...blah...blah...Love Songs for the New Millennium." The CD is currently being mixed at Belt of Orion Studios in Hollywood, CA with Frank Gryner (Rob Zombie, A Perfect Circle, Powerman 5000) and Brandon Belsky (Velvet Revolver, Staind, Static-X). System of a Down's John Dolmayan, Helmet/Rob Zombie drummer John Tempesta and ex-Snake River Conspiracy singer Tobey Torres laid down guest performances on several tracks while "chillin' in the studio" with Riggs and Mike, according to an official press release.
"Blah...blah...blah...Love Songs for the New Millennium" track listing: More...
Powerman 5000 are tentatively scheduled to release a collection of rarities later in the year. "With all of this recent down time I have been going through the PM5K archives and have discovered a multitude of rare and many unreleased tracks," Powerman 5000 frontman Spider One wrote in a recent online posting. "More than enough material for a complete disc. So, plans are now in the works to produce and release a rarities CD spanning the entire history of Powerman 5000, from the very first recordings to stuff tracked only last year!!! Details are currently being worked out, but as of now I believe it will be released on Megatronic possibly as an online only purchase [like we did with 'Anyone For Doomsday?']. Exact song selections are being determined now and a release date is still up in the air, but I would love to get this available to you all soon!! So spread the word about this disc, it's gonna rock!!!.... more info on this and other projects coming soon."
Dope have been forced to find a last-minute replacement for bassist Sloane ‘Mosey’ Jentry, as they prepare to head out for a two-month American tour. Jentry has decided to quit the band to lead a more ‘normal’ life. Dope have brought in Powerman 5000’s Adrian Ost to take over for the tour.
POWERMAN 5000 singer Spider One officially confirmed that the band has been dropped by Dreamworks Records. The following message was posted on their bands forum:
Hey all, I know it's been very quiet around and there isn't too much Powerman action going on, but I figured I'd drop by with what little info that I have. As many of you have already guessed, we will begin selling Anyone for Doomsday very soon!!! It will only be available online and in somewhat limited quantity. So make sure you order your copy fast. The exact date of release in still up in the air, but think it will be before Christmas. I've seen the new AFD on ebay for big bucks, save your money because we are gonna sell it cheap!! As for the content, musically it will be exactly as the original, though the package is new and it will also contain the 'Bombshell' video. Pretty cool, huh?More...