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Powerman 5000

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Boston, United States (1989 – present)

Powerman 5000 is a Boston-based / band formed in 1989. Frontman Spider One (Michael Cummings) is the younger brother of Rob Zombie (Robert Cummings).

Lineup includes Spider One (vocals), Evan9 and Velkro (guitar), X51 (bassist), and GFlash (drums).

In 1990, Spider dropped out of art school and bought a cheap 4-track home studio and drum machine. Working under the title “MC Spider”, he recorded “Much Evil” with producer Lamar Lowder. Building on local success, he built a band under the name Powerman 5000. Their style was in the nature of rap/metal that had yet to gain popularity. In 1991, longtime guitarist Adam 12 (Adam Williams) joined the band. In 1994 and 1995, Powerman released two independent records, True Force and The Blood Splat Rating System. Both albums were local successes.

In 1997, the band signed to Dreamworks Records and released a re-recording of The Blood Splat Rating System (with two new tracks) titled Mega!! Kung Fu Radio. The band toured and released singles such as “Organizized” and “Tokyo Vigilante #1”. In 1999, Guitarist M.33 (Mike Tempesta) joined the band as they got their biggest break. Creating a strange fusion of science fiction (which had always interested Spider) and “Action Rock” (the term for their own high-energy powerful rock), they released Tonight the Stars Revolt!, which contained the hit singles “When Worlds Collide”, “Nobody’s Real”, and “Supernova Goes Pop”. The album sold over a million copies and assured the band’s success.

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