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Interview - Stan Bush Rocking Transformers Again

"You've got the touch. You've got the power!" - Every Transformers fan know's that line from the movie thanks to Stan Bush who's classic 80s rock gave the 1986 feature movie its heavy metal edge. And like the movie, Stan was Transformed by the experience and went on the be an award winning song writer and performer the world over. With a new album on the way, Stan is back with an all new recording to the all new Transformers Movie coming 07/07/07. We caught up with Stan recently about his work on the original movie, what's he has been up to since and his new track for the movie. Read the questions and answers below.

TFormers: Tell us about how you got started as a musician?

Stan: I grew up in Florida, started playing guitar at age 10. After high school, I began playing nightclubs throughout the South. I joined a recording group in Colorado and moved to L.A. when we got a record deal.

TFormers: How did you land the gig to be on the Transformers The Movie (TFTM) soundtrack?

Stan: I was doing my second solo album for Scotti Bros/Epic Records and recorded "The Touch" and "Dare", which were chosen for the Transformers soundtrack. It was really exciting landing the project? My songs seemed to fit perfectly with the heroism of the characters featured in the movie.

TFormers: What was it like working on TFTM?

Stan: It was cool. I wasn't involved in deciding where the songs were used in the movie, but it was exciting being at the screening of the movie in here in Los Angles. We did a music video that aired on MTV. I performed "The Touch" in front of a green screen and later they added the animation.

TFormers: How was the response, and what did it do for your career?

Stan: "The Touch" became very popular in Europe, especially Germany. It was released as a single three times. I did several tours, both as an opening act and headlining.

TFormers: Why do you think the Transformers were so popular back in the 80s?0

Stan: The theme behind the Transformers is basically how good overcomes evil, and the idea of sentient robots that transform into cars, jets, guns, and tape-decks was very innovative idea that captivated children's imaginations.

TFormers: Did you have any interest in Transformers at the time or do you still?

Stan: Yes! I have always thought the idea was incredibly imaginative and creative, although I don't collect the toys, just the T-Shirts. I remember my nephew was crazy about Transformer toys. I would try in vain to transform his toys, but he could do it in just a few seconds.

TFormers: I see you've continued to write and perform since TFTM in 1986. What have you been up to?

Stan: I've released 10 solo albums worldwide and toured extensively. My song "Capture the Dream" was featured in the 1996 Olympic Games. In 1997, I won an Emmy for Best Original Song for "Til I Was Loved By You" which was featured on The Guiding Light. Vince DiCola and I performed together at Botcon '97.

TFormers: What are some of the other movie soundtracks you have worked on?

Stan: "Heart vs. Head" was featured in the movie The Wraith, starring Charlie Sheen. I sang the title tracks for two Jean-Claude Van Damme films: Kickboxer, a film sequel to the action adventure film, Bloodsport. Also, the movie Boogie Nights featured "The Touch" in a scene where Mark Whalberg is trying to resurrect his career as a rock singer. It was deliberately bad and was kind of a spoof on the eighties. I found out "The Touch" was in Boogie Nights after the film came out.

TFormers: You recently announced you are working on track that might be in the new Transformers Movie. Is that a done deal or is there more to be done before you are officially in the movie?

Stan: We just completed the mix and will be presenting the track to the Transformers production this week. I'd like to encourage fans to write in to the official Transformers movie website if they'd like to hear a song in the new film.

TFormers: How did the opportunity come about to be in the new Transformers film?

Stan: It was great being involved with the first Transformers movie with such a positive message. I was so excited when I heard about the new movie, I immediately began working on a new song, even though there was no guarantee of it being used in the soundtrack.

TFormers: What's the response from the fans been like 20 years later?

Stan: I just did an interview with ToyFare Magazine (November issue), celebrating the 20th anniversary of the original Transformers movie. The response from the fans has been awesome. I really appreciate all the support from the fans who have written to me on my website

TFormers: I read on your site that you are up to 70 tracks on the new song. Who's playing the music on it and can you explain what tracks are to the reader?

Stan: My producer, Holger Fath, played all the guitars and has come up with a killer arrangement. The other musicians include… drums: Matt Laug, bass: Lance Morrison, and keyboards: Dirk Nagel. When I use the term tracks (as in '70 tracks'), that basically means there are that many parts being played or sang on the recording. The band Queen were noted for having a lot of tracks on their records.

TFormers: Without giving away too much, are we going to hear classic Stan Bush or something totally new?

Stan: I feel it's the perfect blend of the melodic high-powered 80s with modern heavy rock. I'm really pleased with the massive keyboards and guitars, high harmonies and anthem-like quality of the track.

TFormers: Is Michael Bay and or the studio working with you on the music?

Stan: I was already recording a new album to be released in spring of '07 when I learned of the movie. The timing was so perfect, I took the initiative to create a new song to present. It'll be great if they decide to use it.

TFormers: What's the biggest challenge working on a project that has to live up to a legacy and be contemporary too?

Stan: It's pretty cool the way it all kind of came together. I listen to a lot of the new rock and tried to blend it with some of the 'heart' from the original soundtrack.

TFormers: What's your impression of the Transformers Movie so far?

Stan: I've seen the trailer, and I can tell it's going to be a great movie. They have 'leaked' the designs of some of the characters. It'll be interesting to see how these designs translate to live-action. I'm also a big fan of Michael Bay's work.

TFormers: Any plans to work on Transformers related project beyond the movie next summer?

Stan: I'm open to the possibilities. In the past, I performed at the Botcon toy convention in Rochester, New York. I'm sure there'll be similar events in the future I'd be happy to be involved in.

TFormers: What would you like to say to the fans?

Stan: I'm so grateful for the support the fans have shown over the years. I've received so many incredible heartfelt the messages on my MySpace page… they've really touched me. It would be an honor to inspire both new and old generations of Transformers Fans with a new rock anthem.

TFormers: Lastly, are you Autobot or Decepticon?

Stan: Definitely an Autobot.

We want to thank Stan for taking the time to answer our questions. You can get lots more information and details on Stan Bush at his web site located at Also, don't forget to post here and everywhere else in support of Stan's song being included the movie - Rock On!

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