Sure Powerman 5000 is currently tearing up the airwaves with the Flash Gordon inspired video for the instantly infectious "When World's Collide," but this isn't the band's first crack at mainstream exposure.
No, the band stepped in front of the cameras for the first time three years ago for an episode of "Beverly Hills 90210" that saw the group turn to up-and-coming filmmaker David Silver (as played by Brian Austin Green) to shoot its video.
"We thought we'd lived that one down," Powerman 5000 frontman Spider One told MTV News when reminded of the episode. "We thought we'd survived, but it seems to be resurfacing."
Through the miracle of syndication, the band can be seen taking direction from David and sharing the beach with a gyrating Tori Spelling on a pretty regular basis.
"Every once in a while, we get a check for like 30 cents," Spider said of the band's payoff for life in rerun purgatory.
As odd as the marriage of Powerman 5000 and
"90210" seems, drummer Al 3 explained that the band took a pretty simple route to its primetime debut.
"In short, we had a record called 'True Force,' I guess our first CD, EP-type thing, on a label called Curve Of The Earth," Al 3 explained. "One of the people involved in that label, silently, was Jason Priestly. (He was) really loved the band, phone started ringing… They sent us some scripts, we reviewed them, said no, and eventually we were like, 'O.K., this could be stupid enough that could work." [RealVideo]
Whether or not its trip to Beverly Hills worked is still debatable, but things seems to working for the band now. "When World's Collide" is making the rounds on radio and MTV, and the group's new album, "Tonight The Stars Revolt!," has earned is slots on the road with Sevendust and Kid Rock.
Powerman 5000 wraps up its tour with Sevendust, Staind, and Skunk Anansie on
September 15 in Atlanta, and before hitting the road with Kid Rock in October, the band plans to shoot a new video for the second single from "Tonight The Stars Revolt!" for the track "Nobody's Real."
If you'd rather see Powerman 5000 in the flesh, here's where to look:
With Sevendust, Staind, and Skunk Anansie:
- 8/31 - Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo
- 9/1 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
- 9/2 - Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
- 9/3 - Rockford, IL @ On The Waterfront
- 9/4 - LaCrosse, WI @ Omni Center
- 9/5 - Cross Plains, WI @ Kitts Corners
- 9/8 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
- 9/9 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
- 9/10 - Myrtle Beach,SC @ House Of Blues
- 9/11 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Virginia Beach Amphitheater
- 9/12 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 9/13 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
- 9/14 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
- 9/15 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
With Kid Rock:
- 10/20 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Stadium
- 10/22 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Theatre
- 10/23 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace Of Auburn Hills
- 10/25 - Toronto, ON @ Warehouse
- 10/27 - Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
- 10/28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
- 10/30 - Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center
- 11/2 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
-- Robert Mancini