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.
POWERMAN 5000 are currently hard at work on their fifth studio album, tentatively due in early 2005 on Megatronic/iMusic. Spider One and Adam 12 are currently in the early stages of writing and plan to enter the recording studio by the end of the year.
"The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Vol. 1" track listing:
01. B.S. One
02. City Of The Dead
04. Even Superman Shot Himself (Original Version '91)
05. B.S. Two
07. In The Eye
08. Earth Vs. ME (Original Version)
09. Put The Hammer Down
12. B.S. Three
13. File Under Action
14. Army Of Me
15. Solid (Alt. Version)
16. Player Remixx
17. Live College Radio Broadcast
18. 20 Miles To Texas, 25 To Hell
19. Strike The Match
20. What If?