Powerman 5000’s 1999 album Tonight the Stars Revolt was a catchy, if not derivative, collection of nu-metal/industrial tunes. However, this collection of b-sides, rarities and outtakes from 1991-96 proves that the success of that album was mostly due to the influence of frontman Spider’s brother, Rob Zombie. Before that, Powerman was a generic funk/rap/metal band, which was actually somewhat fresh for its time. However, that style is severely dated in 2004, and not in a cutesy, nostalgic sort of way.

The worst tracks, like "City of the Dead," sound like Limp Bizkit mixed with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which is about as bad as it sounds. Even the best songs like "File Under Action" and a cover of Björk’s "Army of Me" just seem like sub-par Clutch or White Zombie.

Any collection of unreleased material is going to have some painfully bad tracks; the real problem here is that there’s not much originality or interesting songs here. The good, the bad and the ugly vol. one may appeal to the really hardcore Powerman 5000 fans, but was it really necessary to waste the silicon?

Grade: D

—Jeff Treppel

The good, the bad, and the ugly vol. 1 is currently available.