Battle Royale: The Touch by Stan Bush

Who remembers this tune? You have to if you were a boy in the 80s. The greatest movie (other than Top Gun) ever released during the 80s was “Transformers: The Movie.” Why? Because Optimus Prime died, and that was the first time I cried in a movie. I admit it, seeing his brightly red/blue colored body turn dark and decayed because of his battle with Megatron (which I had been following ever-so-closely for years) led to his death.

Sad. If you don’t think so, you have no heart.

The most memorable tune from that movie is Stan Bush’s “The Touch*“. Not a great song, but made great because of the scene it underscored:


Seriously. Why can’t all movies have at least one AWESOME scene like this? Optimus was the original Jack Bauer. Do you see how much ass he kicked?

So, after the success of the FIRST “Bay-tastic” Transformers, Stan Bush had an idea. Why not feature my song in the NEW (Revenge of the Fallen) movie, you know, as homage. And because I need the cash.

Honest thought. However, he at least realized that maybe the song needs a little ‘updating’ – so he hired some local musicians/Jimmy Johns workers and another vocalist (you’ll see why) and put together THIS masterpiece. After all, nothing could have made that movie worse, right?


Yikes. That makes me die a little bit inside.

But that’s just me. Maybe I’m missing something – so here’s the question:

Which version of "The Touch" do you like better?

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*=The song was originally written for the Sylvester Stallone film Cobra. (Thanks Wikipedia!)