Today’s Five At 5 takes you through some of the best comic book related music ever released.
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1. The Ramones – ‘Spiderman Theme’
Everyone loves Spiderman, ever since he was given birth to by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee in the early 1960s. The comic was turned into an animated television series which featured an insanely popular theme song. This theme song was covered by The Ramones on this album, where a bunch of artists covered their favourite theme songs. Great album, great cover, and great video. Check it out.
2. Willie Nelson – ‘Time Of The Preacher’
Preacher is a comic that questions god and god’s omnipotence. It’s also a love story between a guy who is an ordained priest that gets what can be called superpowers, a girl who’s great with guns, and an Irish vampire. It’s also a tribute to American western films and it’s full of amazing violence. The comic book also features a number of songs and the first page of the first issue of the comic starts off with this Willie Nelson classic.
3. Black Sabbath – ‘Iron Man’
“This song is about a man who travels through time and sees the end of the world. On his way back to Earth to warn the human race, he goes through magnetic storm and is turned to iron. Nobody believes him about the end of the world and he gets mad, taking his rage out on the human race, thus bringing about the end of the world that he saw.” says Wikipedia about this Black Sabbath classic. Tony ‘Iron Man’ Stark doesn’t travel through time but does enter a shit-storm that forces him to turn into iron and try and stop the world from ending, in the process, destroying his own personal world. Sounds like a legit analogy to us.
4. Nelson Riddle – ‘Holy Flypaper’
The Batman was created in 1939 and has since then become one of the most well-known comic book characters in the world. In the ’60s, though, Batman wasn’t really the dark, brooding superhero we’ve come to know. He was a campy guy with a colourful sidekick who wasn’t being hunted by the police and would generally solve riddles as opposed to anything else. He was also a great dancer, and this campy Batman was portrayed by Adam West in the ’60s Batman TV series. The soundtrack to that series featured some very groovy music and this piece is one of them. Featuring the irritating Robin, played by Burt Ward, on vocals, ‘Holy Flypaper’ is a great song to jive to when you’re feeling old school.
5. The Prodigy ft. Tom Morello – ‘One Man Army’
Spawn was created by Todd McFarlane in 1992 and was one of the coolest series back in the day. The film also spawned a film called Spawn, in 1997 and the film featured one of the best soundtracks any film has ever featured in the history of films or films related to comic books. Obliterate the universe by listening to this song.
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