Santa Monica, CAâ€”August 22, 2005â€”Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Vagrant Records will make music history with a groundbreaking video game soundtrack CD featuring all original recordings from todayâ€™s most popular punk bands covering classic punk tunes. Set for release this fall, Tony Hawkâ€™s American Wasteland Soundtrack CD showcases My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, Senses Fail, Thrice, Alkaline Trio and others performing their favorite songs from the bands that influenced their careers and defined the punk music genre including the Misfits, Suicidal Tendencies, Descendents, Bad Brains and The Stooges. All 14 adrenaline-pumping tracks are exclusive to the Tony Hawkâ€™s American Wasteland video game and deliver the high packed energy that characterizes the #1 action-sports franchise.
Tony Hawk is an executive producer and creative consultant for the Tony Hawkâ€™s American Wasteland Soundtrack and worked collectively with Activision and Vagrant Records to select the artists featured on the CD.
â€œTony Hawk games are known for having incredible soundtracks that match the look and feel of the game play,â€ said Tim Riley, worldwide executive of music at Activision. â€œTony Hawkâ€™s American Wasteland pays homage to the roots of skateboarding and the music on the CD does the same with the assembly of some of the best new bands of today giving us their take on punk classics.â€
â€œPutting this soundtrack together was like stepping into a time machine,â€ said Rich Egan, CEO and co-owner of Vagrant Records. â€œThe songs will take listeners back to a great era in music and skating and all the credit goes to the bands. They did a great job covering these classic songs. Fans are going to be stoked on the music and how it compliments the game.â€
Following is the full list of bands, tracks and original artists:
My Chemical Romance â€“ â€œAstro Zombiesâ€
Original Artist: Misfits
Fall Out Boy â€“ â€œStart Todayâ€
Original Artist: Gorilla Biscuits
Taking Back Sunday â€“ â€œSuburban Homeâ€ and â€œI Like Foodâ€
Original Artist: Descendents
Thrice â€“ â€œSeeing Redâ€ and "Screaming at a Wallâ€
Original Artist: Minor Threat
Alkaline Trio â€“ â€œWash Away (Beneath the Shadows)â€
Original Artist: T.S.O.L.
Rise Against â€“ â€œFix Meâ€
Original Artist: Black Flag
Thursday â€“ â€œEver Fallen In Loveâ€
Original Artist: Buzzcocks
Drop Kick Murphyâ€™s â€“ â€œWho is Whoâ€
Original Artist: Adolescents
Saves the Day â€“ â€œSonic Reducerâ€
Original Artist: Dead Boys
Senses Fail â€“ â€œInstitutionalizedâ€
Original Artist: Suicidal Tendencies
From Autumn To Ashes â€“ â€œLet's Have A Warâ€
Original Artist: Fear
Emanuel â€“ â€œSearch & Destroyâ€
Original Artist: The Stooges
The Bled â€“ â€œHouse of Sufferingâ€
Original Artist: Bad Brains
Hot Snakes â€“ â€œTime to Escapeâ€
Original Artist: Government Issue
Tony Hawkâ€™s American Wasteland is being developed by Neversoft Entertainment for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360â„¢ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, XboxÂ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢. The game has not yet been rated by the ESRB. The soundtrack and the game will be released separately in time for the holiday season.
Los Angeles based company Vagrant Records has been home to independent music for over 10 years. Under the leadership of label owner Rich Egan, the company has enjoyed extraordinary success with a remarkable array of artists, including singer/songwriter icon Dashboard Confessional and rock bands including Alkaline Trio, Reggie And The Full Effect, Eels, Hot Rod Circuit, Rocket From The Crypt, Saves The Day, Paul Westerberg, Senses Fail, From Autumn to Ashes, and others.
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