Transform (Powerman 5000 album)

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Studio album by Powerman 5000
Released May 20, 2003
Recorded Mad Dog Studios in Burbank, Cello Studios in Hollywood, QI Lab Studios in Los Angeles
Length 45:35
Label DreamWorks
Producer Joe Barresi
Powerman 5000
Powerman 5000 chronology
Anyone for Doomsday?
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Vol. 1
Singles from Transform
  1. "Free"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Action"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]

Transform is the fourth album by American band Powerman 5000, released May 20, 2003. It is an enhanced CD that includes the videos for "Free" and "Action," the album's two singles.

Musical and visual style[edit]

Transform marked, both musically and visually, an obvious change from Powerman 5000's previous science fiction theme. The band composed songs in a simpler, more straightforward manner with less emphasis on industrial elements and heaviness. The video for its lead single, "Free," also demonstrated the band's visual stylistic detour; rather than space costumes, the majority of band members are dressed in denim while performing in a red room covered in graffiti, creating a colorful, Punk influenced edge.

The album artwork contains symbols reminiscent of the Amphisbaena. Adorning the CD artwork are four two-headed arrows wrapped back pointing at each other, the outermost one sprouting two extra arrows for a total of six on the right, and underneath the CD are two worm like creatures face to face forming a circle.

In other media[edit]

  • "Action" featured on NASCAR Thunder 2004 and was used as its introductory screen's theme.
  • "Transform" was featured in Midway Entertainment's hockey game NHL Hitz Pro.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Assess the Mess" (spoken word by John A. Williams) – 0:32
  2. "Theme to a Fake Revolution" – 3:25
  3. "Free" – 3:50
  4. "Action" – 3:38
  5. "That's Entertainment" – 3:17
  6. "A Is for Apathy" – 4:16
  7. "Transform" – 4:04
  8. "Top of the World" – 3:34
  9. "Song About Nuthin'" – 3:56
  10. "Stereotype" – 3:48
  11. "I Knew It" – 3:35
  12. "Hey, That's Right!" – 3:58
  13. "The Shape of Things to Come" – 3:37


Chart positions[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2003 The Billboard 200 27

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2003 "Free" Mainstream Rock Tracks 10
"Free" Modern Rock Tracks 38
"Action" Mainstream Rock Tracks 27