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A Perfect Circle's Next Single 'Passive' Slated to be the Featured Song in the Upcoming Film 'Constantine' Starring Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz and Directed by Francis Lawrence; Single to Hit Radio on January 18

 

Distribution Source : PRNewswire

 

Date : Tuesday - January 11, 2005

 

NEW YORK, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin Recording artist A Perfect Circle's explosive new single "Passive" will be the featured song in the upcoming motion picture "Constantine," from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, starring Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz. The supernatural-thriller, which marks the feature directorial debut of famed video director Francis Lawrence, will open nationally in the U.S. on February 18, 2005. "Passive," the second single from APC's critically-acclaimed album "eMOTIVe," is set to impact active rock and alternative radio on January 18, but the song is already burning up the airwaves, with major market airplay in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington. The Brothers Strause, visual effects supervisors for Constantine, and well-known video directors in their own right, are set to direct the upcoming "Passive" video.

 

 

 

"Passive" was the result of an intense songwriting collaboration between APC's Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel and Nine Inch Nail's Trent Reznor and Danny Lohner. "It's a song that I've been working on for a long time," says Keenan. "Originally it came from a couple riffs that Danny had written, and it's been through 20 incarnations." The track is one of two original compositions on "eMOTIVe," an album that Keenan describes as "a collection of songs about war, peace, love and greed."

 

The album includes legendary protest songs by John Lennon and Marvin Gaye, along with such insurgent classics as Fear's "Let's Have A War," Depeche Mode's "People Are People," and Memphis Minnie's blues stomper, "When The Levee Breaks" (made famous by Led Zeppelin). APC masterfully spans an array of genres -- hardcore punk and heavy metal, new wave and Delta blues, folk rock and rhythm & blues -- to convey feelings of anger, rebelliousness, hope, and despair.

 

"The commentary on 'Passive' seemed very apropos for this album," says Keenan. "The song is very much about apathy. I think a lot of the problems in this country have to do with people willingly staying asleep. They're allowing this administration to manipulate their decisions without actually getting involved in those decisions."

 

The song's message about passionately sticking up for what you believe in is a central theme of Constantine. Based on characters from the DC Comics/Vertigo "Hellblazer" graphic novels, the film tells the story of John Constantine (Reeves), a man who has literally been to #### and back. When he teams up with skeptical police detective Angela Dodson (Weisz) to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists just beside the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Caught in a catastrophic series of otherworldly events, the two become inextricably involved and seek to find their own peace at whatever cost. The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale and Peter Stormare.

 

"If you really believe in something, step forward" says Keenan, reiterating the ultimate meaning of "Passive." "Voice your views, and let's help move everything forward. "

 

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The response to the release of A Perfect Circle's latest CD "eMOTIVe" has been anything but apathetic. The album made a stunning #2 with-a-bullet debut on the Billboard 200 when it was released on November 2. The collection was the top-selling record on three SoundScan sales charts: "Top Album Retailers," "Top Hard Music Albums," and "Digital Albums" (marking the first-ever Virgin Records release to top the "Digital Albums" listing).

 

A Perfect Circle's second consecutive #2 entry, "eMOTIVe" is also the band's third consecutive top 5 debut.

 

Along with the commercial success of "eMOTIVe," the album has reaped a wide range of critical acclaim in a variety of publications, including Rolling Stone, Revolver, Entertainment Weekly, and the New York Daily News.

 

The New York Times spotlighted the album in the Sunday "Playlist" section recently, praising "new arrangements of old songs [that] switch familiar tunes like 'Imagine' and 'What's Going On' into minor keys behind Maynard James Keenan's desolate, androgynous croon." Commenting on the album's themes of war and annihilation, The Times notes that the CD's "ominous tone and bleak pessimism ... make it a soundtrack for blue-state malaise."

 

And just two short weeks after "eMOTIVEe" made its mark on the charts, the band released their first-ever DVD, "aMOTION," a collection of APC's classic videos along with an assortment of imaginative remixes. "aMOTION" entered SoundScan's Top Music Video chart at #4 and has recently been certified platinum by the RIAA.

 

"eMOTIVe" is A Perfect Circle's third full-length release, following 2000's RIAA platinum-certified "MER DE NOMS," and 2003's platinum-selling "THIRTEENTH STEP."

Virgin Records

 

CONTACT: Patti Conte, +1-212-786-8350, Patti.Conte@virgin-records.com,

or Tracy Zamot, +1-212-786-8370, Tracy.Zamot@virgin-records.com, both of

Virgin Records

 

Lyrics

 

Dead as dead can be

The doctor tells me

But I just can't believe him

Ever the optimistic one

I'm sure of your ability

To become my perfect enemy

 

Wake up, and face me

Don't play dead, cause maybe

Someday I'll walk away and say

You dissapoint me

Maybe you're better off this way

 

Leaning over you here

Cold and catatonic

I catch a brief reflection

Of what you could and might have been

It's your right and your ability

To become my perfect enemy

 

Wake up(why can't you)

And face me (come on now)

Don't play dead(don't play dead)

Cause maybe(cause maybe)

Someday(someday)

I'll walk away and say

You dissapoint me

 

Maybe you're better off this way(x4)

You're better off this(x2)

Maybe you're better off

 

Wake up(why can't you)

And face me (come on now)

Don't play dead(don't play dead)

Cause maybe(cause maybe)

Someday(someday)

I'll walk away and say

You fucking dissapoint me

Maybe you're better off this way

 

Go ahead and play dead(GO!)

I know that you can hear this(GO!)

Go ahead and play dead(GO!)

Why can't you turn and face me(GO!)(x4)

You fucking dissapoint me!

 

Passive agressive bullshit(x12)

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I don't know how sarcastic Ade was being with the good word but I downloaded the full album based on it anyway - haven't listened to any of it (including Passive) yet.

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I can't believe Rogan registered at songmeanings just to snark.

 

Thanks for the track, John. I have to wait till I get home to listen.

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I can't believe Rogan registered at songmeanings just to snark.

 

hey, i had some free time! :p

 

and i didn't say a single bad thing about Keanu!

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I listened to this song like 7 times now...I sorta like it...but then again I'm totally gay inside....... :biggrin:

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MWA-HA-HA-HA!!! I KNEW this movie would have a Maynard James Keenan song in it! I just KNEW it!

 

I own this song. It's actually not new. It was off A Perfect Circle's newest CD (which is excellent!), there's only this and one other original song on the CD though, the rest are covers of political songs. "Passive" is supposed to be an anti-W. Bush song!

I love Maynard James Keenan and all his projects....but I don't know about this....

If they had to take a Keenan song, they should've nicked the song he did for the "Underworld" soundtrack. That song would fit with a "Hellblazer" movie really well!

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Not a bad song. Not very good either, but I'm not fussed either way.

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