Monster Magnet Overview
Monster Magnet is an American United States heavy metal heavy metal music band. Hailing from Red Bank Red Bank, New Jersey , New Jersey, the group was founded by Dave Wyndorf (vocals and guitar), John McBain John McBain (musician) (guitar), Tom Diello (drums), and Tim Cronin (vocals and bass). The band first went under the name "Dog of Mystery" and later "Airport 75" before finally settling on "Monster Magnet," taken from the name of a 1960s toy made by Wham-O, which Wyndorf liked when he was a child.
In 1989, Monster Magnet released two demo cassettes: Forget About Life, I'm High on Dope and I'm Stoned, What Ya Gonna Do About It?. The band's first "official" release was self-titled EP Monster Magnet (album) from Glitterhouse Records of Germany. The EP Extended play contained the songs "Snake Dance" and "Nod Scene", (both of which would appear again on Spine of God), and "Tractor", (which would be re-recorded later for Powertrip).
In 1991 the band signed with Caroline Records Caroline Records (U.S.) and released their first full-length album, the cult classic Spine of God, in 1992. The album is hailed as one the classics of the stoner rock genre ranking 28th on Heavy Planet's "Top 50 of All Time". The album contained the single "Medicine" (which would be recorded ten years later on God Says No), which was also the band's first music video. The band followed with a tour alongside rising grunge band Soundgarden. The tour helped the band get a contract with major record label A&M Records.
Their final release with Caroline Records was a bizarre four-song EP Extended play titled Tab Tab (album) which included, among two other marathon-length songs, a 32-minute track called "Tab...". McBain quit the band soon after and was replaced by Atomic Bitchwax guitarist Ed Mundell, who remains in the band to the present day.
1993 saw the release of the album Superjudge. While the album was released on a major label (A&M Records), it fared poorly commercially, due in part to the rise of grunge rock, which made their hard rock style unpo***r. The songs "Twin Earth" and "Face Down" were released as singles (with accompanying videos), but it did little to help promote the album.
Dopes to Infinity (1995), the follow-up record, was more accessible , and had a hit single in "Negasonic Teenage Warhead Negasonic Teenage Warhead (song) ", which benefitted from a music video that received regular rotation on MTV. Still, the album was not the success the band had hoped for, partly because other innovative tracks, like "Dead Christmas" and the title track, received little or no airplay.
After the Dopes to Infinity tour, Wyndorf moved to Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada , Nevada in order to begin working on Powertrip (1998), a breakthrough hit that finally earned the band a gold certification. Powertrip saw a departure from Monster Magnet's typical lo-fi Low fidelity , stoner metal fare, and presented a more straightforward hard rock sound. Guitarist Phil Cavaino joined the band in 1998. "Space Lord", the first single, was a major radio hit and the band went on tour with successful bands Aerosmith, Metallica, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson (band) . The songs "Powertrip", "Temple of Your Dreams", and "See You In Hell" also received airplay on rock radio stations. The album charted at #97 on the Billboard 200.
After a two-year tour supporting Powertrip, the band released God Says No (2000), charting at #153 on the Billboard. However, it failed to match the commercial success of the band's previous release. After the release, Joe Calandra and Jon Kleiman left the band, allegedly the result of internal conflicts with Wyndorf. They would be replaced by Jim Baglino and Bob Pantella, respectively. The band also left A&M Records during this period.
Monster Magnet wrote and performed "Live For The Moment", which has been the official theme song of World Wrestling Entertainment's Matt Hardy since 2002. The song also appeared on the WWF Forceable Entry compilation.
In 2003, Monster Magnet released Greatest Hits Greatest Hits (Monster Magnet album) , a double CD featuring their best songs, some rarities, and music videos from their time with A&M. They then signed to the European Europe label SPV SPV GmbH , and in early 2004 released Monolithic Baby! throughout Europe. The U.S. release followed in May on SPV America. The band had a minor hit with the song "Unbroken (Hotel Baby)".
In March, 2005, Phil Cavaino departed after seven years service in a split described as amicable by Wyndorf. A followup to Monolithic Baby! was expected in March, 2006, to coincide with their European Tour, along with re-releases of Spine of God and Tab, both featuring new artwork and liner notes; however the tour and album releases failed to materialize.
On February 27, 2006, Dave Wyndorf overdosed on prescription drugs.
The battle with one’s inner demons is the most personal fight any of us can undertake. The fight is at times a lonely, confusing journey. On the evening of February 27, Dave Wyndorf suffered a in his own fight and was hospitalized for a drug overdose. His full recovery is expected. We ask that all those he has encountered over the years or simply affected by his music to take a moment to think good thoughts of and for him. With the grace of God and those who love him we are all confident that Dave will rebound from this and continue to play and make great rock and roll.
In 2007, it was announced that Monster Magnet would release a new album, 4-Way Diablo, which had been put back for a year due to Wyndorf's overdose. It was released later that year. Later in 2007, another greatest hits collection, 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Monster Magnet, was released. "Powertrip" was used as the official theme song for the WWE pay-per-view, No Way Out 2007.
Prior to Monster Magnet's 2008 European tour, guitarist Phil Caivano returned to the band.
On November 24, 2009, it was announced that Monster Magnet had signed a new deal with Napalm Records. The band also announced that they will enter the studio in January, 2010, to record a new album for a summer release.Monster Magnet's style is heavily influenced by 1970s space rock bands such as Hawkwind and Captain Beyond. In addition to recording covers such as Hawkwind's "Brainstorm" (Doremi Fasol Latido, 1972), Wyndorf sometimes incorporates elements of space rock staples into his own songs. For instance, the Dopes to Infinity title track borrows some of its lyrics from "Lord of Light" (ibid.), and Superjudge's "Twin Earth" is a reinterpretation of Captain Beyond's "Mesmerization Eclipse" (Captain Beyond Captain Beyond (album) , 1972). Wyndorf also is a fan on 60's comic books, particularly Jack Kirby. He mentions Kirby in the song "Melt" from God Says No. He also mentions MODOK (on "Baby Götterdämerung" from Powertrip) and Ego the Living Planet (on "Ego, The Living Planet" from Dopes to Infinity), both of which are Marvel Comics creations. "All Shook Out" from God Says No has a reference to "Children of the Atom" which is a reference to X-Men, also from Marvel Comics.
Monster Magnet's live shows occasionally feature Stacia-esque *** dancers, which has landed them in trouble with the law in some American United States cities.*"Crop Circle" from Powertrip for the movie Urban Legend Urban Legend (film) .
*"Dopes to Infinity" from Dopes to Infinity was featured on the soundtrack to the film The Girl Next Door The Girl Next Door (2004 film) .
*"Heads Explode" from God Says No was featured on the soundtrack to the film Dracula 2000. Part of the music video for the song is displayed in the movie as well.
*"Look To Your Orb For The Warning" from Dopes to Infinity was featured on the soundtrack to the 1999 film The Matrix.
*"Master of Light" from Monolithic Baby! was featured in the movie Torque Torque (film) in a scene in which Monster Magnet are shown performing the song.
*An early otherwise unreleased version of "Negasonic Teenage Warhead Negasonic Teenage Warhead (song) " from Dopes to Infinity, was featured on the soundtrack of the 1994 movie S.F.W..*"Powertrip" from Powertrip has been featured in numerous soundtracks including:
**Soldier Soldier (film)
**PlayStation 3's 2007 release Motor Storm
**Crusty Demons Freestyle Motocross series
*"Dinosaur Vacume" from Superjudge was featured in the Electronic Arts video game Road Rash.
*"See You In Hell" from Powertrip appears in Bride of Chucky.
*"Silver Future" from God Says No was featured in Heavy Metal 2000.
*"Kick Out The Jams", a cover version of the MC5 song, was featured on the soundtrack to Varsity Blues Varsity Blues (film) .
*"Melt" from God Says No has been featured in the Crusty Demons Freestyle Motocross series.
*"Lord 13" from "25.......Tab" was featured during the end credits of the 1999 film Beowulf Beowulf (1999 film) .
*"Radiation Day" and "Slut Machine" were featured in the mountain bike film New World Disorder V - Disorderly Conduct.
*"Space Lord" was featured on the American Chopper video game. The song is also featured in the film, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
* "Monolithic baby", "Radiation day" and "Freeze and Pixelate" were played on the tv show Sons of Anarchy.Since the mid 1990s, Tim Cronin and Jon Kleiman have fronted The Ribeye Bros., a garage combo steeped in the ways and means of filterless cigarettes, self-loathing, and Roky Erickson.
In 2003, Bob Pantella mixes and plays bass on The Glasspack Bridgeburner lp. Ed Mundell also plays lead guitar on The Glasspack Bridgeburner track "Peepshow." The album was released on Small Stone Records in May 2004.
In 2007 Bob Pantella joins The Atomic Bitchwax. Also in 2007, Bob Pantella and Jim Baglino formed RIOTGOD, along with Garrett Sweeny (of Psycho Daisy), and Mark Sunshine.
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