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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Superhero Sunday: Soundtrack of a Superhero

There are a lot of songs about superheroes in popular culture. I can think of three that reference Superman alone: The Kinks's "Superman"

The Spin Doctors's "Jimmy Olsen's Blues"

And Five for Fighting's hit song also called "Superman" (subtitled "It's Not Easy.")

Superman's cousin is also featured in a self-titled song by XTC: "That's Really Super, Supergirl."

Suicide's "Ghost Rider" strangely did not make its way into the big budget Nicolas Cage feature (but it probably couldn't have saved it anyway.)

And, of course, there is the Ramones's cover of the theme song from the 1960s Spiderman cartoon.

One that tends to be off the radar of a lot of comic buffs, however, is this song by Jim's Big Ego from the perspective of Barry Allen - the second man to assume the mantle of the Flash called "The Ballad of Barry Allen":

There are many more, of course, but I'll leave you with those for now. Do you have a favorite that I didn't feature here? Drop a note in the comments.Maybe I'll put it in a future entry. (This is an interactive blog.)

1 comment:

Jeff Gamet said...

You missed one of my favorite Superman tunes: "Superman's Song" by Crash Test Dummies. Like "It's Not Easy," it gives you that feeling that Superman really is alone despite all he's capable of.