Activision and Vagrant Records to Release Groundbreaking Soundtrack Featuring all original Covers Recorded for Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland
Company: Activision
Santa Monica, CA—August 22, 2005—Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Vagrant Records will make music history with a groundbreaking video game soundtrack CD featuring all original recordings from today’s most popular punk bands covering classic punk tunes. Set for release this fall, Tony Hawk’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 Hawk’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 Hawk’s American Wasteland Soundtrack and worked collectively with Activision and Vagrant Records to select the artists featured on the CD.

“Tony Hawk games are known for having incredible soundtracks that match the look and feel of the game play,” said Tim Riley, worldwide executive of music at Activision. “Tony Hawk’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.”

“Putting this soundtrack together was like stepping into a time machine,” said Rich Egan, CEO and co-owner of Vagrant Records. “The 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.”

Following is the full list of bands, tracks and original artists:

My Chemical Romance – “Astro Zombies”
Original Artist: Misfits

Fall Out Boy – “Start Today”
Original Artist: Gorilla Biscuits

Taking Back Sunday – “Suburban Home” and “I Like Food”
Original Artist: Descendents

Thrice – “Seeing Red” and "Screaming at a Wall”
Original Artist: Minor Threat

Alkaline Trio – “Wash Away (Beneath the Shadows)”
Original Artist: T.S.O.L.

Rise Against – “Fix Me”
Original Artist: Black Flag

Thursday – “Ever Fallen In Love”
Original Artist: Buzzcocks

Drop Kick Murphy’s – “Who is Who”
Original Artist: Adolescents

Saves the Day – “Sonic Reducer”
Original Artist: Dead Boys

Senses Fail – “Institutionalized”
Original Artist: Suicidal Tendencies

From Autumn To Ashes – “Let's Have A War”
Original Artist: Fear

Emanuel – “Search & Destroy”
Original Artist: The Stooges

The Bled – “House of Suffering”
Original Artist: Bad Brains

Hot Snakes – “Time to Escape”
Original Artist: Government Issue

Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland is being developed by Neversoft Entertainment for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Nintendo GameCube™. 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.

About Vagrant
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.

About Activision, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.4 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005.

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