For Transformers purists like myself, there is no argument that the only Transformers movie worth recognizing was made in 1986. To this day it remains one of my all time favorite movies and a big part of it had to do with the soundtrack.
To celebrate Transformers Week on The Robots Pajamas I wanted to revisit the Transformers: The Movie soundtrack album and see where the artists are now.
Stan Bush – The Touch and Dare
Who? The self described “worldwide icon of melodic rock” has been hard at work since his signature track, releasing no less than 14 full length albums since 1987. Most recently he was inducted into the Transformers Hall of Fame.
Where Are They Now? Stan Bush recently performed live at Universal Studios Hollywood for the Transformers Fan Experience on June 20th, 2014. No further appearances are listed on his website.
N.R.G. – Instruments of Destruction
Who? It seems as though N.R.G.’s contribution to the soundtrack for Transformers: The Movie was the high point for the band. Sometime around 2003 members of the band split and reformed as Damn Cheetah.
Where Are They Now? I’m not even sure they’re alive, Damn Cheetah’s website looks like is still hosted on Angelfire (is that even still a thing?)
Vince DiCola – The Death of Optimus Prime, Escape, Autobot/Decepticon Battle
Who? Prior to working on Transformers: The Movie DiCola worked on the Staying Alive score and co-wrote songs with Frank Stallone. This caught the attention of one Sylvester Stallone and he was signed on to score Rocky IV. DiCola’s electronic score was not fully available for more than a decade when it was finally released as a BotCon exclusive.
Where Are They Now? DiCola’s website is inactive, but according to his Wikipedia page he recently recorded a Christmas album.
Spectre General – Nothin’s Gonna Stand In Our Way and Hunger
Who? Here’s the thing, Spectre General really isn’t a band. The two songs featured on the album were actually recorded by a Canadian metal band called Kick Axe. Now Kick Axe has a long and sordid history of revolving band members and mountains of cocaine.
Where Are They Now? According to their rudimentary homepage Kickaxe.net they will be performing in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on August 21st 2014. I think it is a relatively small place so I am sure it will be easy to find the gig.
Lion – The Transformers (Theme)
Who? Much like N.R.G., Lion’s career highpoint was inclusion on the soundtrack. They released a total of three full length albums during their six year run.
Where Are They Now? After the lead singer broke his neck in 1989 the band called it quits.
Weird Al – Dare to be Stupid
Who? An American pop culture icon, Weird Al’s contribution to the album is an homage to Devo. When recording Dare to be Stupid
Where Are They Now? Weird Al just completed a U.S. tour in support of his latest album Alpocalypse (I saw him on the tour and it was insanely great). To date he has sold more than 12 million albums and has appeared on episodes of The Simpsons, Yo! Gabba Gabba, and Comedy Bang Bang. Weird Al is set to release a new album later this year.
With the glaringly obvious exception of Weird Al, the contributors to the soundtrack for Transformers: The Movie have all but faded away. Personally, my standout tracks have always been Nothin’s Gonna Stand in Our Way and Dare. I cannot even begin to count how many times I have queued up those specific tracks over the last 25 years.