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Helmed by vocalist Spider (aka Michael Cummings, also know as Spider One or MC Spider, the younger brother of Rob Zombie), the Boston-based underground electro-metal band Powerman 5000 earned a popular cult following along the East Coast with the release of their 1994 indie debut EP, True Force, and 1995's LP The Blood Splat Rating System, the latter of which appeared on Conscience Records. Two years later, the band moved to Dreamworks (and relocated to Los Angeles), where they released a revamped version of their debut as Mega!! Kung Fu Radio. Touring with the likes of Marilyn Manson and Korn, as well as a stint on Ozzfest, expanded their fan base and led up to Powerman 5000's 1997 science fiction-esque follow-up, Tonight the Stars Revolt! During shows and promos for the album, the band was often found sporting spacesuits and other sci-fi paraphernalia. The record went platinum, helped in part by the success of singles "When Worlds Collide" and "Nobody's Real" on MTV. The halted release of a since-aborted album entitled Anyone for Doomsday? signaled the departure of longtime bassist Dorian Heartsong (aka Dorian 27) and drummer Al Pahanish (aka Al 3) in early November of 2001. A year later, drummer Adrian Ost (aka Ad7) was added to the group; bassist Siggy Sjursen joined 40 auditions later before 2002 came to a close. Powerman 5000, including Spider and longtime guitarists Adam Williams (aka Adam 12) and Mike Tempesta (aka M.33), was then back in full effect. Transform, their fourth album, marked the band's new more punk-inspired, less industrial sound and new lineup when it was released in spring 2003. It debuted at number 25 on the Billboard charts and produced a hit in the song "Free," though Dreamworks dissolved in the middle of the album's promotion. A rarities collection appeared in 2004 on Spider's own Megatronic label; more lineup changes would occur before the eventual release of the band's fifth full-length. Williams and Tempesta exited to be replaced on guitar by Johnny Heatley and ex-Alien Ant Farm's Terry Corso. Powerman 5000 inked a deal with DRT Entertainment in spring 2006, and Destroy What You Enjoy surfaced that August. Subsequent tour dates through fall were played. After returning with an all-new lineup featuring Spider One, guitarists Dave Piro (Velkro) and Evan Rodaniche (Evan 9), bassist Gustavo Aued (X51), and drummer Gordon Heckaman (GFlash), the band went back to their industrial metal ways, releasing their sixth album, Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere, in 2009. A covers album, Copies, Clones & Replicants, arrived in 2011, and was followed by another lineup change, with Piro, Rodaniche, and Heckaman, leaving the band. Stepping in to fill the vacancies would be guitarists Richard Jazmin (Zer0) and Nick Quijano (Sci55ors), and drummer DJ Rattan (Rattan), who would all appear on the band's seventh studio album, Builders of the Future, in 2014. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Albums by
Powerman 5000

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    12 songs

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    Copies, Clones & Replicants

    13 songs

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    Transform

    13 songs

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    Anyone For Doomsday?

    13 songs

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    Tonight the Stars Revolt [Explicit Version]

    12 songs

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    Mega!! Kung Fu Radio

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    Builders of the Future

    11 songs

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    Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere

    1 song

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    Time Bomb

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    Show Me What You've Got

    1 song

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    V is For Vampire

    1 song

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    Super Villain

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    the good, the bad, and the ugly vol.1

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    Destroy What You Enjoy

    13 songs

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    Tonight the Stars Revolt!

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    The Blood Splat Rating System

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    True Force

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    How to Be a Human


Top Songs by
Powerman 5000

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    Popularity
  2.   When Worlds Collide
  3.   Bombshell
  4.   How to Be a Human
  5.   Super Villain
  6.   Space Oddity
  7.   Super Nova Goes Pop
  8.   Free
  9.   Show Me What You've Got
  10.   Nobody's Real
  11.   Action
  12.   The Son of X-51
  13.   Tomorrow is Yesterday
  14.   Automatic
  15.   Time Bomb
  16.   Relax
  17.   Destroy What You Enjoy
  18.   V Is for Vampire
  19.   Tonight the Stars Revolt!
  20.   Make Us Insane
  21.   Good Times Roll
  22.   Ultra Mega
  23.   Should I Stay or Should I Go
  24.   We Want It All
  25.   An Eye Is upon You
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