STAN BUSH: “[“The Touch”] Has A Life Of Its Own, I Just Follow Where It Leads”

Stan Bush
Photo: Alex Solca

More Than Meets the Eye

If you were a child in the 80s, chances are Transformers The Movie was a big part of your life. Even today I’m sure you can recall your shock and disappointment when they killed off Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots. What else do you remember from the movie? THAT song! You know the one… “You got the touch. You got the power! Yeah!” The artist that sang that song is Stan Bush. Stan might not be a household name, but he is a pop culture icon for sure.

Stan Bush got his start with the band Boulder on their self-titled album in 1979. Not long after Bush ventured out on his own. In 1983 the vocalist/guitarist released his self-titled debut. His follow-up album Stan Bush & Barrage was released in 1987 and contained his two iconic Transformer The Movie tracks, “The Touch” and “Dare.” In a 2008 conversation I had with Stan Bush, he told me there was no “Barrage.” It was the label’s idea because of the popularity of bands like Huey Lewis & The News, Katrina & The Waves, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts… you get the picture.

Since his solo debut in 1983, Stan Bush has gone on to release 14 studio albums. His latest album Dare to Dream, released on November 20, 2020, stays true to Stan’s 80s sound and lyrical themes of believing in yourself, love and heartbreak, and rising above obstacles. I had the chance to speak with Stan and relive the 80s once again…

Highlights Include:

  • Discussion of Dare to Dream
  • The consistent themes that run through his music
  • His work with Netflix Anime
  • His legacy with the Transformers universe
  • Why his first two albums are hard to find
  • Does Stan still do session work?
  • Bush’s other movie soundtrack contributions
  • … and much, much more!


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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