Warners to release limited edition record of My Chemical Romance’s cover of Bob Dylan tune from Watchmen

Graphics from My Chemical Romance cover of Bob Dylan song Desolation Row
Graphics from My Chemical Romance cover of Bob Dylan song Desolation Row

A 12” vinyl picture disc of My Chemical Romance’s powerful cover of Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row, recorded exclusively for the upcoming feature film Watchmen, will be released by Warner Records on January 27th, 2009. Fans will be able to pre-order the disc through the band’s website, www.mychemicalromance.com, as well as via www.watchmenmusic.com and www.becausesoundmatters.com beginning today.

The disc’s A-side is My Chemical Romance’s Desolation Row, featured in the film and on Watchmen: Music From the Motion Picture. The B-side is Prison Fight, taken from Watchmen: Original Motion Picture Score, composed by Tyler Bates. Both albums are due from Warner Records in anticipation of the film hitting theatres March 6th.

A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” — which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union — is set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion — a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers — Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the Watchmen?

Watchmen is directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by David Hayter and Alex Tse, based on the graphic novel co-created by Dave Gibbons, published by DC Comics. The film stars Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Patrick Wilson.

Watchmen will be released nationwide on March 6, 2009.