SciFi SongFest, Songs 248-256

Nine songs about comic-book heroes:

248. Neal Hefti and Nelson Riddle, “Batman” (1966):

During the very brief time that we had a tv during my toddlerhood, I learned this song:

Updated version, from the 2017 Lego Batman Movie:

Which in turn reminds me of these (admittedly non-musical, but hey, My Blog My Rules No Proviso LOL Minions) sequences from the HISHE Superhero Café:

249. Marvel Superheroes, “Captain America” (1966):

Plus this snarkommentary fron the HISHE Superhero Café:

Speaking whichly …

250. Billy Van Singers and Laurie Bower Singers, “Spider-Man” (1967):

Michael Bublé’s 2001 cover:

And a different interpretation of the lyrics:

Is he strong? Listen, bud –
he’s got radioactive blood!

Wealth and fame he’s ignored –
action is his reward!

Speaking whichly …

251. Bob Crewe Generation, “Barbarella” (1968):

Warning: images NSFW.

The lyrics start out calling her “Wonder Woman” ….

Speaking whichly …

252. Charles Fox Singers, “Wonder Woman” (1976):

Same songwriter (Charles Fox) as “Barbarella”! (I bet you did not know that.) This time the “Wonder Woman” reference in the lyrics is more apposite:

253. Queen, “Flash Gordon” (1980):

Plus this classic reference:

254. Anthrax, “I Am the Law” (1987):

255. Spin Doctors, “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues” (1991):

Speaking whichly …

256. 3 Doors Down, “Kryptonite” (2000):


2 Responses to SciFi SongFest, Songs 248-256

  1. Irfan Khawaja October 11, 2019 at 7:33 pm #

    In a spirit of total narcissism, I can’t resist mentioning that I was the person originally tapped to be the guitarist for the Spin Doctors. It was the fall of 1987, before the band had officially come to be. I was friends with Chris Barron, the band’s founder and lead singer. I still remember (and resent) the conversation in which he described my metal- and prog-influenced playing as “corny,” but for lack of any better alternatives, he asked me to play guitar for the band-to-be. (I played him the riff for Rush’s “Limelight,” and he called *that* corny. Unbelievable. I have a long memory for musical grudges.) I was a freshman in college with a lot on my plate. I also found it hard to imagine that the Spin Doctors would ever make a record, much less a hit record. So I said no.

    Within a year, the Spin Doctors were touring with Blues Traveler. A couple of years later, they made a hit record. But at least I graduated on time.

    Around the time when the Spin Doctors were a constant presence on MTV, my friend Jimbo Wales asked me to help him found this weird thing he called “Wikipedia”–some kind of free, open source online encyclopedia or something. “How will it make money?” I asked. “Donations,” he said.

    I laughed in his face and said “no, thanks.” Like that’s gonna lead anywhere.

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