Finally, Ekko! That’s what you’re saying, right? It’s about time you combined the two things you dig most in life! Here goes a superpost . . . I limited the inclusion of “themes” because, frankly, that’s just too damn easy.
And this post is just too damn big to be contained in one single day . . . So this is just part one. You’ll find some of the songs here, but you’ll have to wait for part 2 for the zipfile.
A is for Adam Selzer’s nerd ballad, “Stop Talking About Comic Books or I’ll Kill You.”
A is also for Art Brut-D.C. Comics and Chocolate Milk Shakes. “Some things will always be great! Even though I’m 28!” I’ve never been a big AB fan, or a big DC fan for that matter, but this song is hilarious.
B is for Backyard Tire Fire and Batcapes . . . Walking Up Wearing a Batcape.
C is for comic books. “Basement bw Comics” by MC Esoteric is pretty much my life story. See also E.
C is also for Casper the Friendly Ghost-Mike Doughty. Not a super-hero per se, but I couldn’t resist including it. And what’s the deal with this picture of Casper, anyway. Just what kind of pictures are they taking?
D is for Tenacious! Spider-Man-Tenacious D (direct link).
D is also for Superman-Drive-By Truckers (direct link) You know, researching this post taught me that there are a boatload of songs about Superman that have nothing to do with Superman. This is one of them. I only posted it because it’s the Drive-By Truckers, and Patterson is like a God . . .
E is for Esoteric. MC Esoteric is a lot like MF DOOM in that he uses sueprhero themes with frequency. He’s also a deft producer and skilled rapper. It was hard to pick just one song of his to throw up here, so I picked two. The first is under “C” and the other one is “Selling Spidey.” Fantastic stuff.
F is for the Foo Fighters-My Hero. See, I’d do Flaming Lips’ own version of Waiting for Superman here (covered under “I”) but I don’t have a bootleg of it and, sadly and surprisingly, the band is part of the RIAA mafia.
G is for David Gillis’ acoustic guitar take on the Spidey theme. Love this song.
G is also for Superman-Grateful Dead (direct link)
G is for a third thing, too! Super Hero Brother-G Love and Special Sauce.
H is for the hip hop superhero gang-bang of Super Heroes-Planet Asia. A great name-dropping rap.
H is also for Heroes (David Bowie cover)-The Magnetic Fields. No, not superheroes. But I couldn’t resist posting some MFs. Other than MF DOOM, of course. Or not:
H is for ho! Space Ho’s-Danger DOOM. I could probably fill this page with MF Doom songs . . . I love this song, and the whole “DangerDOOM” album.
I is for Iron and Wine! (Betcha thought I’d post Iron Man, didn’t you?) Waiting for Superman-Iron and Wine. A Flaming Lips cover. Not happy with that. OK, fine . . .
I is for Iron Man. Turns out I did post it. But this is the Four Tet song. Cool electronic instrumental.
I is for, alright, already! The classic Iron Man theme song!
J is for Jimmy Swift Band’s romantic-then-jazzy take on the Spider-Man theme. A seven-minute exploration(!)
J is also for Spiderman-Jill Sobule. A song about those dudes on Hollywood and Vine who dress up like heroes. There’s a great documentary about these folks called “Confessions of a Super Hero.” Highly recommend it.
K is for Kiss the Girl-Undercover Superman.
K is also for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, a band that posed the question: Hulk or Thing? (Clearly it was Hulk. Any comic nerd who read that great Fantastic Four two-part story knows that.)
L is for Lost in the Sauce by Foul Mouth Jerk, featuring Breeze Evahflowin. “Streetlight Music” is a fantastic record. This is the only song about Batman on it.
L is also for Los Lobos-Superman (live version).
M is for . . . More in part two! But here’s today’s ZIP FILE! (If any of the above-listed songs are missing, it might be because I accidentally put them in the part two file. Catch that post, unzip it, and see if it’s there before you complain. Not that complaining will get you much of anything.)