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Stan Bush Weeps, Imagine Dragons To Write Songs For ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’; Watch New Announcement Trailer

by Rodrigo Perez
May 13, 2014 11:20 AM
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Yes, really, it was that important to Michael Bay and Paramount. It's extremely difficult to say anything positive about Imagine Dragons, one of the most unfortunately-named bands in recent history (I assumed they were like a bunch of dads from playgroups that wrote songs for children). But their sub-Coldplay generic anthems won them a Grammy, so what do I know. Anyway, perhaps because they're melodramatic and over- the-top (and perhaps exactly for that reason), Bay has tapped them to write new music for "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" (evidently Linkin Park, Bay’s go-to electro-emo-rock screamers, were busy).

Bay reached out, gave the band a scene and they wrote a track called "Battle Cry" (which you can hear some of below; it’s as histrionic as you’d imagine). They've apparently written other pieces of music for 'Extinction' with composer Steve Jablonsky, so more material is forthcoming for anyone who truly cares (let’s hope it’s not as painful as U2’s song for "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom"). I'll say this, Michael Bay catches a lot of undue shit for his films; meanwhile he directs circles around most action directors. But Michael Bay does not catch undue shit for his use of contemporary pop music in his movies, so trepidation here is warranted.

Meanwhile, four ‘Transformers’ movies in, Stan Bush who wrote the iconic first ‘Transformers’ song from the animated movie in the ‘80s is still weeping that no one has yet asked him to return to the series. Meanwhile, new photos and a poster of "Tranformers: Age Of Extinction" have arrived, plus the new Imagine Dragons announcement trailer that features new footage, including a cigar-chomping Transformer. You can also listen to Stan Bush’s iconic “You’ve Got The Touch” song below and Paul Thomas Anderson’s hilarious homage from “Boogie Nights.” 

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” arrives on June 27th.

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  • Anon | June 21, 2014 3:13 AMReply

    Seriously? Imagine Dragons is melodramatic and over-the-top? As opposed to any other music... And Linkin Park as "electro-emo-rock-screamers" is definitely true considering that What I've Done, New Divide, and Iridescent were definitely... "electro-emo-rock-screaming" songs. And, Ordinary Love was an incredible song - unfortunate that the movie wasn't too good. At least do a little research or stay somewhat unbiased before writing another ridiculous article.

  • ferocious | May 30, 2014 6:14 AMReply

    i prefer Linkin Park making the music for transformers though, they're really good especially with New Divide in Transformers 2

  • User | May 19, 2014 3:30 PMReply

    Ok then... So Imagine Dragons make kids music and Linkin Park are "electro-emo-rock-screamers"... Some well thought out journalism there, that's gonna appeal to a lot of audiences
    What kind of sh** music do you listen to by the way? smh...

  • Peter | May 13, 2014 4:43 PMReply

    Good lord that song is absolutely atrocious.

    And though my 12 year old self would've never believed it - even with Optimus Prime riding a fire breathing robotic dinosaur, this movie still looks boring as hell.

  • BayThaDeity | May 13, 2014 11:39 AMReply

    This is a real tragedy along the lines of Pitbull doing the Men In Black III theme song, can't believe Hollywood lets this happen again.

    What's next? Jonny Greenwood is going to stop scoring Paul Thomas Anderson movies?

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