The Touch (Stan Bush song)
|Song by Stan Bush from the album The Transformers The Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Writer||Lenny Macaluso and Stan Bush|
"The Touch" is a rock song by American singer and guitarist Stan Bush. The song features prominently in the 1986 animated film The Transformers: The Movie, and appears on the soundtrack album released the following year. It was also released as a double A-side with "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Dare to Be Stupid", another song from the soundtrack album. It was released in 1987 on Stan Bush & Barrage's self-titled album. The song was originally written for the Sylvester Stallone film Cobra. 
The song was also featured in the 1997 film Boogie Nights, performed by Mark Wahlberg's character. His cover also appeared as a hidden track on the first volume of that film's soundtrack album. The song also appeared on an episode of Chuck, "Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer", which originally aired in 2008. The song appeared on a 2010 episode of American Dad, "Cops and Roger" in an 80s-film style montage. Wrestler Jimmy Jacobs also used the song as his theme music in his early days in the Ring of Honor promotion, as did Mike Quackenbush up until 2001.
Bush submitted a re-recorded version of the song from his album In This Life for the 2007 live action Transformers film, but it was not included on the final soundtrack. He later recorded another version, subtitled "Sam's Theme", for possible inclusion in the 2009 sequel Revenge of the Fallen. The 2009 version differs markedly from the original and 2007 versions, adding rap verses and being more melancholic in tone, with it being described as a "redux a la Linkin Park". In 2010, Bush released a music video for "The Touch: Sam's Theme" on his YouTube channel, featuring clips from the first two Transformers films. The song was edited with the rap verses removed, and was included in the 2010 album Dream the Dream. The 2009 versions were poorly received.
The 2007 version of "The Touch" was released as a free downloadable track for the video game Guitar Hero World Tour on May 28, 2009. Bush had expressed interest in wanting the song to appear in the game or in competing music game Rock Band. On October 12, 2010, the song was released as a downloadable track for Rock Band through the Rock Band Network.
The 2009 version was used as the theme for Chikara's 2011 King of Trios event. The 2007 version was used by the WWE superstar CM Punk as part of a mock tribute video to then-interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis.
In September 15, 2012, Bush released another remix of the song as "The Touch (Power Mix)" on iTunes. The "Power Mix" is a variation of "Sam's Theme" with a new chorus arrangement. Also included in the single is "The Touch (Epic Guitar Mix)", which, like the 1997 and 2007 versions, is a re-recording of the original song.
The song is later heard in the 2013 Regular Show episode "A Bunch of Full Grown Geese," the 100th episode of the series. The Transformers Prime episode entitled Nemesis Prime featured an instrumental version of the song being played on the radio of Special Agent William Fowler just before being attacked by the titular character of the episode.
The song was parodied in the episode "Burgerboss" of Bob's Burgers.
The song plays during the final mission of Saints Row IV when the President acquires the power armor. It is also playable anytime using the in-game radio.
The song plays during the prologue cutscene of Shadow Warrior.
The song plays during "The Goldbergs" episode "Kara-te," when Barry Goldberg practices for a school talent show.
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- The Touch Songfacts
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