Mixtape: Superhero Mixtape ’12!
by Jon Wolf
Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! In honor of Hollywood pulling off a minor miracle and actually making a superhero team movie with The Avengers (Watchmen being the former “white whale” of superhero properties), I have compiled a short-but-sweet oddball collection of fun and listenable superhero-themed songs, sparing listeners from The Spin Doctors and Three Doors Down, but not Crash Test Dummies for some reason.
There are plenty of omissions, such as Jim Croce tugging on Superman’s cape, Remy Zero’s surprisingly tolerable Smallville theme, possibly Queen’s Flash Gordon theme (which I can easily rock out to), as well as Prince’s so-awesome-I-can’t-believe-it-even-exists 1989 Batman soundtrack.
Superman takes up several of the slots mainly because he’s, um, Superman, he’s kind of famous. But on the upside you may get your first exposure to Cincinnati band How I Became The Bomb, a Beatle singing about obscure Marvel characters (the crazy true story revealed!), nerd-rockers Kirby Krackle, a Thai dude killing a subway station Black Sabbath cover (yes, nerds, I realize the song has nothing to do with Tony Stark, I grew up in a comic book store, and I can trump any and all of your self-serving nerdy replies), and R.E.M., of course (Animal Man #2, anybody?), enjoy!
Superhero Mix ’12!
1. The Pixies – “Tony’s Theme”
2. Kirby Krackle – “Great Lakes Avengers”
3. How I Became The Bomb – “Secret Identity”
4. Pohgoh – “Superlife”
5. Alien Ant Farm – “Bug Bytes”
6. The Ramones – “Spider-Man”
7. Soreng Santi – “Iron Man” (Black Sabbath cover)
8. Paul McCartney & Wings – “Magneto And Titanium Man”
9. Donovan – “Sunshine Superman”
10. R.E.M. – “Superman”
11. Lucy Wainwright Roche – “Superman’s Song” (Crash Test Dummies cover)
12. Iron & Wine – “Waitin’ For A Superman” (Flaming Lips cover)
Editor’s Note: Jon Wolf couldn’t stay away from the Mixtape game. He provides mixtapes that rock your socks off on a semi-regular basis.
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