Awful pun I know but I received this as an email yesterday:
104.7FM in Canberra have started playing a Meatbee track today. It’s the cover of the Transformers theme song (movie comes out next week). If you wanna hear it text “Transformers” to 1990 1047 and they will play it for you!
MEATBEE have sent in their own MASSIVE DIATRIBE/PROMO entitled “CINEMA ACTIVISM: SPIELBERG REJECTS MEATBEE SO DAMMIT JUST PUT OUR THEME ON YOUR I-POD AND PLAY IT OVER THE OPENING CREDITS” which I found quite funny and have added below
In 2004, MEATBEE played an acoustic cover version of the theme song from the cartoon Transformers on 104.7FM. It was just a joke, mostly to keep Dave Kelly amused on his long drive shift…
Anyhoo, Triple J played it a couple of times, Transformers geeks seemed to really like it. Then American podcasters started playing it and they laughed a lot at stoopid Aussies who record stoopid songs. YouTube enthusiasts picked it up and have been using the song and cutting it to their own versions of movie trailers in anticipation of the upcoming Hollywood motion picture.
This year – with the assistance of Vacant Lot Management in Sydney and the Australian Government’s Austrade office in Los Angeles – MEATBEE managed to get the track to the ears of the music supervisor on the Transformers movie. He liked it a lot and sent it to the production team including Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg. They liked it too, but they wanted it to be more hard rock like Linkin Park or Metallica. Ben tried to grow his hair long like Kirk, but Charlie’s hair won’t grow at all so he was no chance of becoming Lars.
So MEATBEE went back into the studio and Kate bought a gold lamé jumpsuit just in case there was going to be a trip to the Oscars, or a party hosted by Paris Hilton, but also just so she could wear it around the house whilst vacuuming. Ben bought hot pants, Charlie got a cape and Chris bought a top hat. I digress….
MEATBEE re-recorded a hard rock version of the track at Velvet Sound studios in Sydney over two days in April this year then re-submitted it to Dreamworks for consideration. Unfortunately for us, Dave Jordan emailed us four weeks later and said that although they liked it, Warner Music in the USA had won the rights to the soundtrack, so there was no wiggle room for little old us. We are a little bit sad, but we’ve packed our Oscars outfits in tissue paper just in case we need them later…
So anyway, our version of the theme song is out now! Available at Landspeed Records and Songland. If you wanna hear it on 104, text “Transformers” to 19901047. We’re encouraging all supporters of Aussie music to put it on their iPods and take it into the cinema to listen to while the opening credits roll. The second track on the disc is from our latest EP and we hope you like it too!!!!