Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a hit! It broke the record for a movie opening in April. And that segues nicely into this record. (See what I did there?) Yes, it’s another record about Captain America, the 93-year-old who doesn’t look a day over 90.
Once again we celebrate the star-spangled avenger with a song you probably haven’t heard before. And once again we present a gallery of classic comic covers that feature Bucky, everyone’s favorite sidekick. True blue and loyal to the end. Good ol’ Bucky! What ever became of him?
Click the link below and dance. But don’t break the record! (See what I did there?)
Spring is here and it’s time for The Winter Soldier, the new Captain America film that just opened in theaters (check your local listings for show times). That means we have to interrupt our battle between Spider-Man and Batman over who has the most songs (Batman does), so we can pay tribute to the star-spangled avenger. Naturally we have a song to share that ties in with the film. It’s the theme song, which I know you’ll enjoy.
To celebrate Captain America’s return to the silver screen we present this gallery of classic covers. Whatever happened to Bucky, anyway? Always liked that kid.
Click the link below and sling your shield along to the music.
Last week our unbroken streak of Spider-Man songs was broken by Batman. This Tuesday, Spidey fights back! It’s a battle between these superstar super-heroes to see who has the most songs. (Batman does, but I’m not going to be the one to tell Spider-Man. Are you?)
Who will win this battle of the century? (Batman. Like I said.) Be here next Tuesday to see and hear what I have in store!
Click the link below and listen to Spider-Man’s comeback, courtesy of The Nylons.
For the past several weeks we’ve been presenting songs related to Spider-Man, in order to prove my point which is that there sure are an awful lot of songs about Spider-Man! (We don’t have very lofty goals here, folks.) I’ve been saying how Batman is the clear winner, but Spidey is a close second.
Just so Batman doesn’t get jealous, let’s swing the spotlight onto the Caped Crusader and enjoy a classic bat-tune.
As I’ve said many, many (many) times before, this is probably the most covered song in all of comicdom: the theme from the 1966 Batman TV show. This time we’re hearing a big band arrangement by the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Take it away, Brian!
As you undoubtedly know by now, I’ve proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that there are a heckuva lot of songs about Spider-Man. Did you think I was lying? By my count, Spidey is second only to Batman when it comes to having a ton of comics tunage. And now, another one! A song you’ve probably never heard and yet it’s a great little record. The Ray Wall Band gets the credit here.
If you thought I was done with my musical tribute to ol’ webhead, you’ve got another think coming. Be here next Tuesday for another Spider surprise.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that I have been spotlighting Spider-Man these past few weeks. The point I’m trying to make (are you paying attention?) is that there are oodles of songs about Spider-Man, perhaps almost as many as there are Batman songs. Like any good scientific theory it requires lots of research, rigorous testing, and plenty of hard work. Since I don’t have time for that, I’ll just share another song about Spider-Man.
You may recall (back on December 11, 2007) that we discussed the connection between Peter Parker and The Ramones. Both are from Forest Hills in Queens, New York. Both are outcasts and misfits. And both overcame obstacles to become heroes! As far as I know, The Ramones were never bitten by radioactive spiders, but I can’t prove it didn’t happen.
Naturally, The Ramones covered the 1967 Spider-Man TV series theme (as heard here). And now their cover has been covered by Brats on the Beat. That just shows the staying power of this song. It even has a cover version of a cover version. Top that, Batman!
As I’ve been saying for the past few weeks, there are an awful lot of songs about Spider-Man. Don’t worry bat-fans, the Caped Crusader is still Number One! There are quite a number of songs about Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and Superman has his share, but from my research it’s Batman and Spider-Man that are at the top of the Comics Tunes list. Can someone prove me wrong?
This week an original song about Spidey, not a cover of the TV show theme. Take it away, Katrina!
For the past few Tuesdays I’ve been exploring the possibility that when it comes to songs about comic book characters, Spider-Man runs a close second to Batman. This week is no exception. And I have a new theory about all this.
What makes a good song? Catchy melody, memorable lyrics, infectious rhythm, yadda, yadda, yadda. But to be truly great, a song has to be flexible. Adaptable. Such a strong song that it can be performed fast or slow, with a vocalist or as an instrumental… folk, classical, rock ‘n’ roll or punk. Certainly the theme from the 1966 Batman TV show fits in this category. Although it was written by jazz composer Neal Hefti, it can be performed jazzy or not.
I think the Spider-Man TV theme from 1967 has this quality as well. Submitted for your approval is this version, done as an a cappella vocal in the smooth style of a certain bubbly singer. What do you think?