If there’s one factor I’ve discovered from compiling this large survey of songs about Superman, it’s that somebody must be making a Superman film with a disco rating that takes place within the 1970s. That might be the right Superman film and there’s loads of sonic supply materials already in existence to attain the movie.
I don’t assume the identical might be stated for another superhero, not even the Dazzler, and never another member of the Superman Household — although we’ll discover out about that for positive subsequent week once I deal with songs about Superman’s pals, household, and foes.
Within the meantime, when you take pleasure in these songs, be sure to go go to Half 1 and Half 2 of 60 Forgotten Songs About Superman That Ought to Be On Your Superhero Playlist.
Pam N Pat – To Be Superman
This 1981 pop disco music takes the odd perspective that the great previous days have been easy, however solely Superman can cope with all the brand new issues the world has to supply, notably within the space of romance. That is the one single the duo ever launched, however Pat — full-name Patrick Jean-Baptiste — was beforehand a part of one other disco singing duo, fronting the very profitable first French disco band ever Ottawan, amongst which “D.I.S.C.O.” was certainly one of their big hits.
Panama – No Superman
With its superior wacka-wacka funk intro, that is the last word infectious disco Superman track. I can’t get it out of my head. I want I had heard it again in 1978 when it was launched. I’m fairly positive I might have purchased it. I imply, that was the yr the Grease soundtrack got here out and I purchased that, and that is like A HUNDRED TIMES BETTER. The premise right here is straightforward. He’s telling a woman that she is NOT Marvel Lady, that he’s NOT Superman, however that doesn’t matter, as a result of she doesn’t want a Superman, she simply wants a MAN. Easy 1970s logic. You’ll be able to argue with it out of your 21st Century perch, however 1978 was a unique time. This was the flip aspect to the band’s model of “Nights in White Satin,” however this Superman track is clearly superior. One of many songwriters on this, Jean Claude Bonaventure, went on to supply the hit model of “Lambada” in 1989 — and that’s a reasonably catchy music, don’t let anybody attempt to persuade you any totally different. Stream it on Spotify.
Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra – Superman is Callin’
Peter Thomas was a German composer who is usually recognized today for his soundtrack to the 1966 cult science fiction TV present Raumpatrouille (or Area Patrol), in addition to a few of his music used within the George Clooney movie Confessions of a Harmful Thoughts and almost 200 different movies and TV exhibits. This track is from the suspense movie Der Mörderclub von Brooklyn, considered one of a collection of about FBI agent Jerry Cotton, and sung by German people pop duo Kerry and Kaye. It was additionally a B-side to their 1967 single “Mister Akkerman,” additionally written by Thomas. Purchase it right here or stream on Spotify
The Pinks – Superman
That is infectious 1985 Swedish pop disco by an all-kids band and you’ll be ashamed of your self for liking it, however you simply can’t assist it. I can’t inform you what the track is about because it’s in Swedish, although they do chant “Tremendous-super-superman!” within the music. One of many co-writers, Monica Forsberg, was the Swedish dubbing director for Disney from the 1980s to 2000, and did the precise Swedish voice dubs for Aladdin, Disney’s Ducktales, Tarzan, Mulan, Hercules, Lion King and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Sadly, I can’t discover something concerning the precise band.
Suzi Quatro – Official Suburbian Superman
Earlier than Joan Jett there was Suzi Quatro and all of us knew about her due to her position as Leather-based Tuscadero on Pleased Days who had probably the most uncommon coiffure of the 1950s. As this 1973 track reveals, she had a more durable edge earlier than Pleased Days scooped her up, however I don’t assume we youngsters knew that. Perhaps that’s for one of the best since right here she’s pining for a fellow who “acts like Mr. Snow White with all his seven dwarves” — no matter meaning. Suzi additionally pleads for the women to “depart that door ajar / Wham, bam and thanks.” Undoubtedly not the Superman we have been accustomed to again then. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Radio AM – For the Man Who Has All the things
Beginning with a bit from the previous Superman radio present, this music from 2013 provides Superman’s lament that he simply needs to be a easy man. He simply needs to be Clark. Name him Clark, make a Superman completely happy. This can be a good little track from a Bueno Aires band. Purchase it right here.
Uncooked Soul that includes Barbara Stant – Superman
Barbara Stant was a singer from Norfolk, VA, and when you’ve listened to her rip up this track, you’ll be astonished to know that she by no means hit the large time. However she recorded various songs within the 1970s. This music is written by Lenis Guess, who’s thought-about the central determine within the Norfolk soul music scene. What’s the music about? Superman saving Barbara’s love life, in fact. She requested and he got here to her rescue. As he does. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
San Diego Junior Theatre – It’s Superman
The 1966 Broadway musical It’s A Hen, It’s A Aircraft, It’s Superman appears to have been relegated to the dustbins of historical past after its 129 efficiency run after which crash, growth. I keep in mind watching the 1975 TV manufacturing that includes ‘70s legends Loretta Swift, Alan Ludden, and Kenneth Mars. This forgotten Superman journey isn’t getting a Broadway revival anytime quickly, however it does get a efficiency from time to time in smaller venues. The really courageous can take heed to your complete unique Broadway forged album.
Rick Springfield – I’m Your Superman
Nicely earlier than “Jessie’s Woman” — 1973, to be actual — Australian cleaning soap opera heartthrob Springfield describes how his particular woman makes him really feel identical to Superman, however with the added bonus of not being afraid of kryptonite. This can be a catchy bubblegum rocker with an awesome vocal chant chorus from Springfield’s second album. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Straw – Bizarre Superman
Coming in on the finish part of the ‘90s Brit Pop motion, Straw depicts a desolate, gritty streetscape inhabited by the Bizarre Superman who “couldn’t fly however on alcohol I can leap tall buildings.” The refrain to this 1998 track begins with a throwback to the REM cowl of the Clique music, deliberately or unintentionally. The band itself appears to have crashed and burned, their second album by no means being launched.
College students Of Yeronga State Excessive – Superman I Actually Love You So
The grand slam of this Superman music record, this music comes by way of a particularly uncommon personal urgent LP from Australia, circa 1979. The unique forged recording of the varsity stage manufacturing of Man of Metal, which was written by Yeronga State Excessive academics Ian Dorricott and Simon Denver, “Superman, I Actually Love You So” is the tip of the iceberg right here. The album additionally options songs like “Clap Your Arms for the Man of Metal” and “The Man of Metal Fan Membership Track.” The story has one thing to do with Clark Kent getting a job on the Day by day Trivia as a theater critic, Lois being kidnapped by the Blackhead Gang, Countess Olga the Queen of Crime possessing a clump of Kryptonite, and Jimmy Olsen saving the day.
A Style of Honey – Celebrity Superman
When 1980 arrived, nobody advised disco that it was all finished. In reality, disco lasted nicely into the mid-80s, nevertheless it’s a great distance from this band’s energetic single “Boogie Oogie Oogie” simply two years earlier than. Nonetheless, it’s higher than the syrupy hit single from the album, a canopy of the music “Sukiyaki” and has an easy-going, virtually yacht rock vibe. This Superman is a killer stage performer and A Style of Honey is standing within the viewers, appreciating his clean strikes. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Mel Torme – Sunshine Superman
Everybody already is aware of the Donovan unique of this track, however Mel Torme’s groovy cowl model from 1970 blows it away because the extra trustworthy face of the period, which dominated by doughy-faced, middle-aged doofuses making an attempt to be hip moderately than guys who appeared like Donovan. In addition to, simply to listen to Torme name-drop Inexperienced Lantern is extra like heaven than heaven itself. “Once I say we’ll be cool I feel that you recognize what I imply,” Mel croons. I do know what you imply, Mel, I completely do. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Toy-Field – Tremendous Duper Man
There was all that controversy just lately about seeing Batman’s privates however this bouncy techno-pop music from 1999 beats that controversy by 20 years by asking to see Superman’s “ding a ling” — and I don’t assume it means within the Chuck Berry music which means of the phrase. Or perhaps it does, now that I give some thought to that Chuck Berry track. This 1999 launch from the Danish pair — vocalists Anila Mirza is of Pakistani and Iranian descent and Amir El-Falaki is of Moroccan descent — follows up their earlier hit, “Tarzan and Jane.” They distinctly describe Superman flying round in purple underwear on the lookout for a celebration, amongst different issues. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Les Variations – Superman Superman
This 1975 launch from French rock band Les Variations truly hit #36 on the U.S. charts however I’ve no recollection of it in any respect. Nearly all of the unique line-up of the band was Moroccan, with two Tunisian members ultimately added to the line-up. A number of members left after the success of 1975 and have been changed by People. This music is usually about Superman’s incapability to save lots of something regardless of his superb powers, largely as a result of, the band alleges, that he’s affected by a way of self-identity. Among the many simple rocky-style Superman songs, I kinda assume this is among the greatest, truly. Stream it on Spotify.
Mike Vickers – Superman
That is an instrumental, so there are not any phrases to hyperlink this with Superman, however this 1972 piece undoubtedly seems like Superman music from a 1970s TV present that by no means existed. That’s not an accident, actually, since as a monitor on the KPM 1000 Collection of LPs, that’s precisely what it was meant to be. Not a monitor from an unrealized Superman TV present, I don’t imply, however a monitor that felt prefer it was. KPM is a library music firm, which meant it recorded and launched music to be licensed to be used in movie, tv, and so on., which was significantly extra reasonably priced than hiring a composer to create an unique rating. The titles have been meant to evoke what the music could possibly be used for earlier than you truly listened to it, so I feel it’s apparent what they have been going for right here. It was featured on Vickers’ album Brass Plus Moog. Together with recording library music, Vickers began his profession in Manfred Mann’s band, labored with the Beatles and Keith Emerson, and scored movies like At The Earth’s Core and Warlords of Atlantis. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Charenee Wade – Ain’t No Such Factor As Superman
Gil Scott-Heron initially recorded this in 1975, however this 2015 model from a Scott-Heron tribute album is a jazzed-up model that also retains features of the sluggish groove of the unique. The music has been characterised as Scott-Heron arguing for cause over fantasy, utilizing Superman as a logo of the latter, however there’s one thing concerning the lyrics that makes me it may be learn as an try to know why some individuals have hope regardless of the details that say they shouldn’t hassle. Perhaps it’s somewhat of each since Wade has represented her tackle the lyrics as being a reminder that folks must be liable for making social justice occur, which, to me, is like discovering Superman in your self. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Westernhagen – Superman
The video for this easy-going, rambling people rockin’ track by German singer Marius Müller-Westernhagen is an odd, typically comedic riff on One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and the interpretation of the German lyrics doesn’t make it a lot clearer. One thing to do with Superman being lifeless and the narrator of the track dug his grave and that’s okay as a result of he couldn’t fly anymore and he wasn’t extra particular than anybody else. However he additionally appears to wish Superman. I assume if I ever meet Westernhagen, I ought to ask him to make clear. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
Whizz – Right here Comes Superman
Or perhaps this 1978 disco track can be the theme to a ‘70s Superman live-action present as an alternative of the Mike Vickers music. It will get my vote. By coincidence, or not, it was composed by Alan Hawkshaw, who mined comparable profession territory to Vickers, not solely working in library music but in addition rock — did some stuff for David Bowie, Cliff Richard, Serge Gainsbourg, was a member of the Shadows. His music has been sampled in tons of hip hop, together with songs by Ice Dice, The Infamous B.I.G., Huge Daddy Kane, MC Hammer, and lots of others.
The Wonderland Band – Thrill Me (With Your Tremendous Love)
This band from 1978 appears to exist virtually completely simply to do a disco cowl of the Marvel Lady TV theme, however additionally they did this celebration of Superman’s love-making capability, which together with the groovy strings and beat options cheerleaders spelling out Supe’s identify in case you aren’t positive how to try this. This hyperlink encompasses a particular bonus for our Superman music round-up — a disco model of John Williams’ Superman theme, an applicable strategy to finish this and pay tribute to the Man of Disco Metal. Purchase it right here or stream it on Spotify.
John Seven is a journalist and youngsters’s e-book author dwelling in North Adams, Massachusetts. His books embrace ‘A Rule Is To Break: A Youngster’s Information To Anarchy,’ ‘Joyful Punks 1-2-Three,’ ‘Frankie Appreciated To Sing,’ and others. Discover out about all his issues at johnseven.me.