Sure, sure, sure, everyone knows concerning the Spin Docs track “Jimmy Olsen Blues.” You’ll be able to’t precisely miss it. However we’re right here to look past that. There are different songs concerning the Superman Household on the market and lots of of them have escaped the eye of widespread ears.
The preferred member of the Superman Household to write down a track about is, no shock, Lois Lane, with Supergirl coming in second, and these are not any shock to me. Each characters are extra enjoyable than Superman any day of the week and I feel that’s a number of the rationale they endure. However that additionally makes it extra shocking to me that neither character was embraced in any respect by the world of disco, which was so fixated on the Man of Metal himself. Lois and Kara appear to convey out earnestness, whereas Superman simply brings out the boogie, I assume.
Subsequent week, we’ll transfer on to Batman’s place in track. Within the meantime, should you missed these, be happy to go take a look at the earlier installments 60 Forgotten Songs About Superman That Ought to Be On Your Superhero Playlist: Half 1, Half 2, and Half Three.
The Motion Figures – Lois Lane
This Chicago energy pop band makes use of the time-honored lyrical chorus “I may be your Superman, You’ll be my Lois Lane!” as a promise made to a woman he’s making an attempt to win over throughout a disastrous love triangle or quadrangle or one thing. Superman and Lois have turn out to be the go-to position fashions for good coupledom, and but it took them no less than 50 years to formally grow to be one thing remotely resembling a pair, so I don’t know if that’s such an incredible factor. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Adam West The Bat – Supergirl (Kryptonite)
Model new, this yr, by this band with a barely complicated identify for these of us who don’t assume fast (no, Adam West just isn’t within the band neither is this the punk band named Adam West), Adam West The Bat sings loads of songs about superheroes and they’re enthusiastic cosplayers who gown up for his or her performances. You’ll hear extra from them in these superhero lists, haven’t any worries. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Bean – Lois Lane
Granted, this catchy love track does some identify dropping past the Superman Household – Spider-Man, Mary Jane, Aquaman — however the official lyric video for the music makes use of ample Superman imagery, together with Superman holding Richard Pryor in his arms and NOT Lois, and it is extremely clearly about having a romance with Superman from Lois’ perspective, despite the fact that it rhapsodizes about how they are often like Superman and Lois Lane, and I feel I’m going to attempt to not overthink it and simply let it’s. When you like this, right here’s Bean with an acoustic model of the track. Purchase it right here.
The Bears – Superboy
I don’t know that calling him “Little Superboy” could be very respectful, however I assume once you’re Adrian Belew, you are able to do no matter, and apart from that, that is fairly encouraging of Superboy to go do his Superboy factor. In fact, Belew is greatest recognized for his King Crimson work, however he additionally killed it on Bowie’s “Boys Maintain Swingin’” and repeated that power on Joan Armatrading’s “I Love It When You Name Me Names,” considered one of my favourite songs from the 1980s. The Bears is type of a pleasant factor. After King Crimson broke up, Belew teamed up with a bunch of previous buddies to make joyful, poppy music within the late ’80s. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Graham Bonney – Hey Supergirl
This can be a fairly groovy track and I’ve to admit that previous to compiling this listing, I had by no means heard it and was utterly unfamiliar with Bonney, however I’m glad I do know it. Urging Supergirl out for an evening of enjoyable away from her “effective feathered buddies,” this track captures the concept Supergirl has all the time been DC’s most enjoyable, probably cool and playful feminine character, not that super-serious Marvel Lady. It captures the temper of Supergirl when she’s carried out proper. Confession: I’ve all the time most popular Supergirl to Superman. Bonney can also be well-known for his ‘70s hit “Brandy,” one other paean to a cool woman, and one which was everywhere in the radio once I was a child.
Class Three Overbite – Lex Luthor
Everybody’s all the time happening about “I’ll be your Superman” or no matter, however proper right here “I’m your Lex Luthor” beats any of these. Now that’s ambition! This can be a ‘70s-inflected banger from 2008 by a band that claims Paul Stanley entrance and middle of their influences, so clearly this can be a fairly good one to start out your Superman Household celebration with. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
D.O.A. – Phantom Zone
The Canadian punk band takes the time to chronicle the gloom and misery of being sentenced to the Phantom Zone with all the opposite Kryptonian criminals. That is from 1992 throughout a reunion the place it appeared that a few unique members had apparently been misplaced within the Phantom Zone themselves. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Dukes of the Stratosphear – Brainiac’s Daughter
To one of the best of my information, Brainiac had no daughter, however that didn’t cease Andy Partridge and the boys from XTC from having just a little enjoyable with the thought whereas of their psychedelic pop disguise of the Dukes of the Stratosphear. Partridge appreciated DC Comics and would pepper his songs with mentions of them. This track, for example, mentions Kandor and the Day by day Planet. Partridge will pop up afterward this similar record, however within the meantime, be happy to additionally take pleasure in his wacky demo for this track and this cute cowl model by Christo and the Electrical Spectacles. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Ian Dury – Suepermans Huge Sister
Brainiac has no daughter, there isn’t any Madame Superman, and so forth. Ian Dury begged to vary, although, that Superman had a sister and lays out his argument in favor of the thought. Properly, there’s some x-ray imaginative and prescient concerned. This can be a nice disco-infused pub rocker (full with strings!) from 1980 through which Dury purposefully misspelled Superman with the additional e to be able to keep away from a authorized drawback with DC. The music was Dury’s response to costs of misogyny in regard to his earlier track “If I Was With A Lady.” Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Élisabeth – Madame Superman
Clearly there isn’t any Madame Superman within the comics, however there must be one prominently featured as a member of the Superman Household. If this music wasn’t so nice, it might nonetheless be value it for the video from 1968 that for some cause options a whole lot of Batman animation and French comics pages regardless of this being a Superman-related track. As close to as I can inform, Élisabeth solely launched one EP referred to as Je Suis Chic and the track of the identical identify is fairly nice too. Purchase it right here.
I did discover an English translation of the lyrics, which have been written by H. Deberne, and I really feel like these need to be reproduced in complete for you:
“I’m in love with a comic book
The place I met a good-looking masked man
It’s a superman, a bat man
And once I speak to him, that is what he says:
Inform me you’re keen on me: Blue! Scraow!
You’re my hero: Slurp! Plotch!
Inform me you’re keen on me: Zboing! Grrrrrr!
It’s you probably the most lovely: Blllrrrrrrrrrr!
He visits me virtually each night time
Together with his purple cloak and his black masks
Once I say “I really like you”, the phrases he solutions
Fly away from his mouth like cleaning soap bubbles:
Inform me that you simply love me: Blue! Scraow!
C ‘Slurp! Plotch!
Inform me you’re keen on me: Zboing! Grrrrrr!
You’re my hero: Bllllam!
I took him to go to daddy
To ask him when he’ll marry me
He arrived from the backyard wall
That is what he stated to ask my hand:
Is it you Superman? Ya, scraow!
Do you want my daughter? Slurp, plotch!
What’s your social rank? Zboing! Grrrrrr!
What does your loved ones do? Blllrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Since that day he’s my darling
Mrs. Superman it’s a reasonably identify
Once I’m in his arms in my flip it’s me
This inform him I really like you by speaking like this:
Inform me you’re keen on me: Sluv, flatch!
My little woman: Zboring, brmf!
Inform me you’re keen on me: Blum, scruntch
Madame Superman: Vloumf!
Louw, sluv, scracth, zboing, zbwerml …
Helen Love – Superboy, Supergirl
Helen Love’s declare to fame was her standing because the Worlds #1 Ramones Fan, and so she shaped a band named after herself to put in writing and document songs about Joey Ramone, amongst different obsessions. The Welsh singer managed to seize Joey’s consideration earlier than his demise and was requested to sing on his track “Mr. Punchy” from his solo document together with Captain Smart. This music is typical of Love, a sort of jingly synth punk pop ditty that talks about Superboy and Supergirl each getting ready and going out for an evening of enjoyable, which they each actually do deserve. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Farrah – Lois Lane
Yet one more music with the “I’ll be… you’ll be” promise relating to Supes and Lois, this Brit band references kryptonite and Superman reversing the spin of the world in its rationalization of why the dichotomy works with the pairing of the 2 individuals on this music. Probably the most compelling argument, although, is that they might “be the unbelievable two,” which is clearly a completely totally different track that would have been written about ditching Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm.
Nina Hagen – Superboy
As a relic of the punk and new wave period, I don’t assume Hagen has a lot of a presence for youthful generations who may veer in that course, and she will truthfully be a activity to take pleasure in, or on the very least, an acquired style. Hagen is a toddler opera prodigy from East Germany who crossed over to the west when her stepfather, politically radical singer Wolf Biermann, was refused re-entry after performing in a live performance in West Germany. Hagen turned a part of the punk scenes in Poland and Germany, and her lyrics typically mocked communism. She developed an outrageous public persona that was continuously difficult mores and has been largely ripped-off in terms of retrospectives about pioneering ladies in punk. The English translation to the German lyrics right here signifies some slavish awe towards the Superboy within the title, who will, amongst different issues, empty out your fridge, all in typical Hagen fashion — tongue in cheek and mocking the thought of fawning over males. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Killing Heidi – Superman, Supergirl
This 2000 single by an Australian band with an unlucky identify that we on the Beat can’t probably get behind has the unusual distinction of being its worst-selling single. Stream it on Spotify.
Lunatic Age – Jimmy Olsen
Jimmy Olsen needs his second within the highlight and this French band is prepared to argue his case, full with a singer who sounds greater than somewhat bit like Peter Murphy. Is the band chanting “You’ll be able to placed on his tights” on the finish of the music? Why, sure, I consider they’re. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Math and Physics Membership – Superboy and Supergirl
This can be a cowl of the music by energy pop twee band Tullycraft by the stunning Seattle-based twee band Math and Physics Membership, so one cute music, two lovable interpretations. The music could be very involved with how these two Tremendous Youngsters are coping and providing a pleasant pat on the again within the hope it perks them up. What a candy track! Stream it on Spotify.
Mutant Daisies – Lois Lane
Newburgh, NY psych-rockers supply this slow-but-heavy dance flooring alternative in honor of the world’s biggest reporter. Using a sluggish ‘50s vibe however filtering it by means of psychedelics and heavy guitars, this could assist anybody woo their private Lois Lane. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Anna Naklab – Supergirl
Anna Naklab is a German pop singer and this can be a 2015 cowl of a music launched in 2000 by Reamonn, a German band fronted by an Irish singer with a noticeable Bono factor happening. I want this bouncier, catchier model by Naklab, which additionally has the bonus of feeling much less condescending because it’s about understanding the vulnerability contained inside and the strain of holding it hidden in case you are both a woman of metal or the Woman of Metal. This was additionally coated in 2017 by Max Oazo ft. CAMI. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Ookla the Mok – Bizarro World
Embracing the designation “filk band” — in any case, they’re named after a personality from Thundarr the Barbarian — Ookla the Mok has a lot of superhero songs, in all probability greater than I might ever embrace in a survey like this. Of their track “Bizarro World” we meet the Bizarro variations of the particular band members, who spend numerous their time making an attempt to determine precisely the way you’re supposed to precise your self in case you are a Bizarro. Additionally, you will take pleasure in their 30-second tribute to Mr Mxyzptlk. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Andy Partridge – That’s Actually Tremendous Supergirl
This XTC track is well-known sufficient that it pops up on loads of these on-line superhero track lists — and it actually is among the greatest superhero-related songs on the market — however I assumed it might be good to share songwriter Andy Partridge’s demo of the music. There are some lyrical variations right here that add some curiosity. Partridge is actually probably the most troublesome musical gems to return alongside within the late 70s. He retains a low profile nowadays, however I extremely advocate the current documentary about XTC.
Edy Richman – Lois Lane’s Lament
Lois Lane’s relationship with Superman offers a cautionary story on this likable 2004 music by Florida-based singer/songwriter Richman. Richman appears to have recorded two albums and disappeared. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Rouge Pompier – Lana Lang
As with Jerry Lewis, I assume it takes the French to really recognize Lana Lang. As greatest as I can decipher from the English translation I used to be capable of get, this music is about an previous love, an opportunity to reconnect, and utilizing a villain as a scapegoat for romantic failure. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Stereo Complete – Supergirl
Apparently, this isn’t a canopy of the Graham Bonney Supergirl, only a music that sounds rather a lot prefer it and that’s high quality with me. Play them again to again and amp up your glee. Stereo Complete is the French/German duo of Françoise Cactus and Brezel Göring, and these people are filled with quirky power that churns out some infectious, insane music that I can’t advocate sufficient diving into. The lyrics are an evaluation of Supergirl’s preoccupation with the model names of style — Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, Wonderbra, Armani, and loads of others get name-checked. Don’t fear about it, simply dance. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
There’s not a lot that I can add to the wealth of perception that has been provided on this legendary music from 1979 through the years, however thanks to at least one part of it, I feel it safely qualifies as a Superman Household music. At concerning the six-minute mark, Massive Financial institution Hank charms Lois Lane and she or he guarantees to go break up with Superman in favor of Hank. That’s not the one cause to like this music, however it’s just a little bonus that makes it higher. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Uncle Bonsai – Lois Lane
The Seattle people trio provides this rundown of what Lois didn’t know and what she might’ve carried out if she actually did know what she didn’t know, no less than a few of which is relatively naughty. Uncle Bonsai appears to have mined that type of territory typically sufficient, and lots of of their songs fall into the novelty realm. No shock, they’ve been in frequent rotation on Dr. Demento. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
John Seven is a journalist and youngsters’s guide author dwelling in North Adams, Massachusetts. His books embrace ‘A Rule Is To Break: A Youngster’s Information To Anarchy,’ ‘Completely happy Punks 1-2-Three,’ ‘Frankie Appreciated To Sing,’ and others. Discover out about all his issues at johnseven.me.